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Stats preview of the A-League grand final

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/05/2017 Ben McKay

STATISTICAL PREVIEW OF SUNDAY'S A-LEAGUE GRAND FINAL

* SYDNEY FC'S SUPER SEASON

No team has held a candle to Sydney FC this season.

Indeed, few in the 12-year history of the competition merit comparison to Graham Arnold's Sky Blues, who have set new records for:

* Points recorded (66)

* Most regular-season wins (20)

* Fewest goals conceded (12)

* Most clean sheets (16)

Sydney FC scored more goals (55), had more shots (334), created more 'big' chances (86) and had fewer dismissals (0) than any other side this season.

* MELBOURNE VICTORY: SECOND BEST

Very good but not good enough to be premiers; that's Melbourne Victory's season in a nutshell.

The 49 points gathered by Kevin Muscat's side is the second-best in the club's history. It would have won the premiership last season on goal difference.

* THE MATCH-UP

Sydney FC have beaten Victory three times this season. Twice they came from behind to record 2-1 wins, and in March the Sky Blues won 1-0.

At no point in the 41-game rivalry has either side won four in a row.

Head-to-head: Played 41, Sydney FC 10, Victory 13, Draws 18.

Head-to-head in Sydney: Played 19, Sydney FC 6, Victory 4, Draws 9.

* FINALS FOOTBALL

A Victory strong suit. No team has more championships than Muscat's men, though Sydney will draw level with Victory and Brisbane with three titles should they win on Sunday.

In five finals meetings, Victory have won three - including the 2015 grand final - drawn one and lost one - the 2010 grand final on penalties.

Of special note is Besart Berisha's finals scoring spree. He extended his record by scoring in a sixth consecutive final last Sunday against Brisbane Roar and has scored in all four finals appearances for the Victory.

* HOME GROUND ADVANTAGE

Sydney haven't lost at home all season. Victory have lost their last four away finals.

* THE CREATORS

Milos Ninkovic and Marco Rojas have assisted for 11 goals each this campaign, three more than any other player in the league.

* THE SCORERS

Sydney FC boast an all-round spread with nine multiple goalscorers this season. Victory have five.

Golden boot winner Besart Berisha (20 goals) leads all-comers, with wingers Marco Rojas (12) and James Troisi (6) next best at Victory.

For the Sky Blues, Bobo (15), captain Alex Brosque (11), Johnny Warren Medallist Milos Ninkovic (9) and Filip Holosko (8) are the leading scorers.

* FORM MATTERS

In the last three seasons, the premiers have doubled up to win the championship.

Since February, Sydney FC have scored 14 goals and conceded just once. Victory have scored and conceded six.

No Victory player - apart from Berisha - has scored in almost eight hours of football.

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