Melbourne City have lost just twice in their last 20 A-League fixtures at AAMI Park – the venue which will play host to the Premiers’ Grand Final showdown with Sydney FC on Sunday evening.
City’s impressive home record has coincided with the club’s two best A-League campaigns, in which they notched a best-ever points tally of 47 in 2019/20 before eclipsing that total by one point on the way to clinching the Premiers Plate this season.
In 20 fixtures at AAMI Park, City have won 14, drawn four and lost just two. The Victorian outfit’s last defeat at the venue came on April 1 when Western United ended the club’s record six-game winning streak with a 2-1 triumph.
City are unbeaten in their last seven games at the venue (W5, D2) and have scored an average of three goals per game along that particular stretch.
Waiting to meet City in the Grand Final is a Sydney FC side gunning for an unprecedented third consecutive A-League Championship. Steve Corica has been the mastermind behind the recent success at the Sky Blues, having overseen the past three seasons as head coach of the side he once captained to Championship glory.
Victory over City in Sunday’s Grand Final would extended Sydney’s winning streak in A-League Finals Series games to six to equal Melbourne Victory’s six-game run notched between 2007 and 2010.
This is the first time the same two sides have featured in the Grand Final in successive seasons in A-League history, after Sydney won the 2019/20 decider 1-0. Last season’s Grand Final is the only post-season meeting these two sides have had in A-League history.
The Sky Blues will hope to use experience to their advantage on Sunday evening, garnered both by the club across seven prior Grand Finals and by their individual players, with Sydney captain Alex Wilkinson leading the way as the all-time record appearance holder in A-League Grand Finals.
Wilkinson is preparing for his seventh Grand Final split across stints at Central Coast Mariners and with the Sky Blues, two more than any other player has managed in A-League history.
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