Normally by this stage of an A-League season, with just a handful of matches remaining before the semi-finals, form lines have been well and truly set.
Last year’s A-League premiers – Perth Glory – have so far struggled to recapture their dominant form. A 1-2-1 start is hardly the ideal beginning – how worried should they be?
It continues a concerning trend for second-year coach Tony Popovic who, on the previous three occasions he’s made the grand final loss, has suffered a 17-point drop-off the following season (on average).
While he’s been able to return to the final on two of those three occasions – even making the final again once – Perth’s start to the year would have WA football fans nervous.
Especially when you consider their start to the season has seen them play three of last year’s bottom five teams and the new kids on the block in Western United.
Has Andy Keogh’s departure hamstrung them up forward? Why aren’t Bruno Fornaroli and Diego Castro hitting the back of the net?
We were joined on the Game of Codes podcast by Roar football expert Matthew Galea to diagnose what’s gone wrong for the Glory this season and whether they can turn it around.
Listen to the discussion in the player above.