The biggest underperforming teams of the A-League Men season so far

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The opening seven rounds of the 2022/23 A-League Men have provided plenty of shocks and surprises.

It’s time to take a look at the teams failing to live up to expectations early on.

Macarthur FC

Hopes were high after the Bulls’ Australia Cup triumph in October. Coach Dwight Yorke was buoyant over the side’s record of scoring 19 goals and conceding just two across the competition.

Yet Macarthur’s league form has not followed on. They’ve accrued only two victories in their first seven matches, as well as three defeats in their past four. This series of results has dropped the South West Sydney club out of the top six.

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Western United 

It would be difficult to make this list without mentioning the reigning champions of the ALM, who currently sit at the foot of the table. With just four points from a possible 21, it’s an early stumble few would have predicted.

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It’s not just the lack of points that may be of concern for John Aloisi’s side, but also the defensive solidity. United have passed up 18 goals this season, five more than the next-closest team in that category. They have already conceded more than half of the total number of goals the team conceded last season in the league. 

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Brisbane Roar

The acquisition of former Premier League striker Charlie Austin was hoped to have cured the team’s goalscoring troubles from last campaign. However, so far things have not gone to plan for the Queensland-based club.

The side are currently the lowest scorers in the competition with only five goals. Further, picking up just one victory in their opening six fixtures has left the Roar in 10th place – albeit with a game in hand on most of the sides above them.

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Melbourne Victory 

Melbourne Victory boast a squad of players who have achieved a plethora of successes both domestically and abroad.

Marquee coup Nani signed with vast experience at the pinnacle of European football, while last season’s Johnny Warren medalist Jake Brimmer has remained at the club. Not to mention the late acquisition of seasoned forward Bruno Fornaroli, whose exploits in this competition are well known.

However, Victory already find themselves six points off the top-placed Melbourne City and with three defeats in seven games. A start not customary for a team with such talent. 

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Sydney FC

It’s a similar story on the other side of the Big Blue rivalry. There were plenty of big names that walked through the door this season, including exciting winger pairing Joe Lolley and Robert Mak.

The Sky Blues are on the same points as Victory while sitting four points behind local rivals Western Sydney Wanderers. The side have already suffered defeats against two of their biggest rivals in 2022/23 – the Wanderers and Victory. While being the only win for Brisbane Roar this season.

With an experienced team exhibiting quality at both ends of the pitch, three wins from seven leaves a lot to be desired. 

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