We’re just past the first quarter mark of the season, but there’s still plenty of questions tactically about a number of sides this season, which are dictating the main talking points of the eighth round of the season.
Broich v Berisha, Newcastle’s new full-backs, recurring problems for Sydney and Melbourne City and the Mariners tactical flexibility dominate the talking points for the seventh round of this unpredictable A-League season.
Midfield dominates the tactical talking points of the round, with new faces to be integrated for both Melbourne teams and Sydney. Elsewhere, will Hersi finally fire for Perth against his old side, and could Adelaide run riot against the Phoenix?
An intriguing round of fixtures sees potential problems for both Sydney teams in their away matches, Newcastle and Perth having to work to do in finding the right balance, while Brisbane Roar v Melbourne City might see yet another display of midfield man-marking.
In a huge weekend for Australian football, there’s several tactical talking points from a round featuring not only a Melbourne derby, but also an Asian Champions League final where the Wanderers’ approach might finally prove unsustainable.
Round Two sees questions of the Victory’s defence and the Mariners counter-attacking, while there’s a good reason why perhaps we shouldn’t look forward to the Sydney Derby
A pragmatic Stubbins, Romeo Castelen, a monster midfield showdown, David Villa and a battle for the ball are the five things to watch in the opening round