Swipe Right: Birighitti is all that

What’s hot and what’s not this week in the Hyundai A-League. Clement Tito identifies what he’d swipe right, and what he’d definitely swipe left.

Swipe Right

Mark Birighitti:

On a sensational run this season, probably in his career best form. Birighitti has put in stellar performances in the past few weeks, especially in the game against Adelaide United. The shotstopper backed it up last weekend with some crucial saves against the Brisbane Roar and kept them from losing valuable points.

The home fans will love him and maybe this could be a sign of things to come if scouters in Europe get a whiff; let’s not forget the time he spent in Italy with Varese.

Tony Popovic

All AFC Champions League glory aside, last season in the A-League was an absolute shambles. Poppa however now has his men refreshed and ready to contest for the toilet seat.

The new firepower brought into the Wanderers squad – Federico Piovaccari and Mitch Nichols – and has proved to be crucial for Popovic. Five wins in a row for Western Sydney and it looks to be a blockbuster game next week when they host Brisbane in a second vs third clash.

John Aloisi

Yes I know, it’s a bit early to call this one. Aloisi is shutting all the critics up with his team’s run at the moment. Speculation and doubt was placed on the Socceroo legend after his horror run with Melbourne Heart three seasons ago, but it appears he’s found his coaching rhythm.

Aloisi has really capitalised on the talent at his disposal with Jamie Maclaren in fine form as well as Henrique making an impress return from injury.

Swipe Left

Newcastle Jets air force jersey

Well, it wasn’t a pretty sight. The Jets’ strip looked like something my auntie would have got me for my eighth birthday. Yes I understand they are the Jets, but is Uncle Sam calling us? Community speaking, it was a tribute to the RAAF base in Williamstown however more broadly theusage of military uniform in sport has been overused. The link between sport and the military is questionable but whether you agree or not in the ethics, it was a very unattractive jersey.

Perth Glory

I honestly could not figure out their formation watching them play against Melbourne City last week. It seems the controversy has knocked the spirits out of the camp. It is a long season however and Kenny Lowe has time to address the current crisis.

Their weekend fixture against Adelaide is a bottom of the table clash and a good opportunity to turn fortunes around. United no doubt will be thinking the same thing, with the only difference being that Perth actually have a win under their belt.

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Currently studying at Deakin University in Melbourne, Clem has experience writing on AFL and has worked at Preston Leader Newspapers in Victoria. He loves reporting, spectating, discussing and playing both AFL and football.