Form Goes Out The Window
The football cliche ‘form goes out the window‘ is often used to describe a derby between two local rivals. One of the teams may be higher in the league table, have been playing better and have stronger players, but the intensity of the derby and the fact that their opponents raise their game means that all of these things count for nothing. So, even though a team has good form going into the game – perhaps unbeaten in five or six matches – this form means little; it can be thrown out the window. Form goes out the window
- Example: Form went out the window as lowly East London side Orient drew with North London powerhouse Arsenal in the FA Cup.