The end of the second A-League round has left many fence-sitting fans no closer to deciding which team to support. The season so far has provided a couple of early shocks, with both of last season’s grand finalists rooted to the bottom of the ladder, and teams that were slated for the wooden spoon performing quite well, in particular Perth Glory, which currently sits in pole position.
“It’s too hard to choose”, one fan told FMF. “I followed Brisbane Roar last season for over 10 matches and only doubted my decision a couple of times, but this season they’ve already lost quite convincingly to two sub-par teams. My backup team, the Wanderers, were also thrashed twice, so now I have to look at completely different clubs, potentially one of the Melbourne sides.”
Melbourne Victory looked quite strong in Round 1, beating potential Asian Champions Western Sydney Wanderers, and with the addition of prolific goal scorer Besart Berisha in their front line, are favourites to take the Championship this season. The pairing of David Villa and Damien Duff in Melbourne City also promises to be a potent combination and may provide an alternative option for fans, although two draws in their first two games would be leaving some fans feeling apprehensive.
“Did you see that goal by Villa against the Jets? It was so much better than that one that other guy scored,” another fan told us, although she added, ”My only concern is that they were held by both Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets, which isn’t particularly impressive, but I’m happy to give them several rounds to prove themselves to me.”
When questioned if some of the sides with a smaller supporter base, such as the Wellington Phoenix or Perth Glory, could be viable targets for support this season, most of the fans FMF surveyed were shocked those teams even existed. “I didn’t realise they were in the league. If they were any good, surely I would have heard of them,” one fan said. However, when FMF told fans that Perth Glory are currently on top of the ladder , a majority of them changed their tune, with one saying, “I’ll add them to my list then. I don’t usually dismiss anyone until the final whistle at the Grand Final.”
Fans will get another chance at investigating options when the A-League continues with Round 3 this Friday, 24 October, with Sydney FC travelling to Brisbane and of course, the blockbuster Melbourne Derby.