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A-League: Five things we learnt from Matchday 7

It turned out to be an exciting Matchday 7 in the A-League, with 21 goals hitting the back of the net, but the pressure is on Western United coach John Aloisi.

It turned out to be an exciting Matchday 7 in the A-League, with 21 goals hitting the back of the net, but the pressure is on Western United coach John Aloisi.

The A-League can never be accused of being dull and the goals were flying in, particularly at CommBank Stadium, where Melbourne Victory beat Western Sydney Wanderers 4-3.

Central Coast Mariners also found their shooting boots in a 4-0 win over Western United, which piled more pressure on Aloisi.

There were also good wins for Macarthur, Brisbane Roar, Melbourne City and Newcastle Jets.

Here are five things we learned from Matchday 7:

Fornaroli is a must for the Socceroos

Bruno Fornaroli is on fire as he bagged all four of Melbourne Victory’s goals in their 4-3 victory over Western Sydney Wanderers.

Fornaroli now has 11 goals for the season and is without doubt the most in-form striker in the A-League at present.

He may be 36, but Fornaroli is at the top of his game and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Socceroos boss Graham Arnold could now be left with a selection headache ahead of the Asian Cup, but on current form, Fornaroli has to be in.

Aloisi facing the axe

Western United remain fixed at the bottom of the ladder following the 4-0 defeat at Central Coast Mariners.

Aloisi described the performance of his players as the worst since he has been at the club, and clearly all is not well behind the scenes.

They have now lost six games on the bounce and cannot buy a goal at the moment, failing to score in five of their seven games.

Only their Championship success in 2021/22 is probably keeping Aloisi in a job. Another bad result against Brisbane this weekend could spell the end.

Westen can be backed at 3.40 to finish bottom of the A-League.

Adelaide have issues at the back

Adelaide United’s inability to keep it tight at the back could severely hamper their chances of challenging for the title this season.

They are priced at 9.00 to win the grand final, but unless they sort out the defence, that looks unlikely.

The Reds have no issues scoring goals, they have bagged 17 already this season, but they have conceded 13, including two in the 2-0 loss to Brisbane.

It is one of the worst defensive records in the A-League and will undoubtedly be a concern.

Macarthur and Brisbane have to be taken seriously

Macarthur sit top of the A-League ladder, while Brisbane are just one point and one place below them.

No-one would have predicted that at the start of the season, and there is still a long way to go, but both sides are showing they have what it takes to compete at the top.

Macarthur are on the longest undefeated run in their short history and are priced at 11.00 to win the minor premiership, while Brisbane are 9.00.

Stamatelopoulos is back to his best

Bruno Fornaroli may be the talk of the town as far as A-League strikers are concerned, however Apostolos Stamatelopoulos also deserves a mention.

The Newcastle Jets striker bagged a brace in the 3-0 win over Wellington Phoenix to take his tally for the season to six.

At 24 he still has his best years ahead of him and he looks sure to have a great career. The Jets will be delighted to have him.

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