A-League Rev-Up: Sydney FC's incredible dominance over Melbourne Victory

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Will the Sky Blues' phenomenal record against Victory continue?

The penultimate weekend of the campaign has arrived, with four teams competing for two spots in the A-League grand final.

Sydney FC's goal of winning their second consecutive championship hits a roadblock in Melbourne Victory, a team the Sky Blues has dominated against recently.

In front of a packed house in Newcastle, the Jets and Melbourne City face a date with destiny in a match that you can expect to go right until the final whistle.

Get revved up.


Sydney FC's superiority over Melbourne Victory


Seven wins in a row over any team is impressive but when it's your greatest rivals, it's even more spectacular.

Say what you like about the meaning of the Sydney derby, for Sky Blues fans, there is nothing sweeter than ending Melbourne Victory's season.

An eighth consecutive win for Sydney FC over Kevin Muscat's team will also move them closer to their goal of winning back-to-back grand finals.

The roots of the Sky Blue dominance dates back to their 3-1 defeat at the hands of Victory in the 2014-15 grand final.

That year's regular season was tight, with Victory winning the Premiers' Plate by three points over Sydney FC.

But when it came to the grand final at AAMI Park, it was anything but a close match, with Victory coasting to a 3-1 win.

The blue-and-white won the first two games against Graham Arnold's side next season, but the tide was starting to turn in favour of the Harbour City, leading in one of the matches and losing courtesy of an own goal in the other.

In Victory's last win against Sydney FC, on Australia Day 2016, the Melbourne team wore a commemorative jersey celebrating their grand final triumph eight months earlier.

Besart Berisha Melbourne Victory

Since that humiliation, the Sky Blues have won every single contest against Victory, and will again start hot favourites for Saturday night's match at Allianz Stadium.

The narrative for both teams this week has surrounded two important points - Sydney point to their on-field success and win streak over their bitter rivals, while Victory argue they are the bigger club off-the-field and in terms of history.

You can obviously make arguments for both point-of-views and one thing is for sure, a victory on Saturday will mean the world to the team who gets up.

Bring it on.


Can the Jets get the result their season deserves?


There is no doubt Newcastle Jets deserved their second placing at the end of the A-League regular season - particularly with all the adversity they have had to deal with.

Early on in the season, the Hunter side lost marquee midfielder Ronald Vargas and Irish striker Roy O'Donovan to significant long-term injuries.

After the turn of the year, Andrew Nabbout got a move to the J-League, while Nigel Boogaard picked up an injury likely to keep him out for the season.

Despite all this, Ernie Merrick smartly dipped into the transfer market during January to acquire Pato Rodriguez and Riley McGree, and the team continued to play quality, attacking football to secure an excellent regular season result.

Ernie Merrick Newcastle Jets

There was a slight dip in form toward season's end, conceding 10 goals in three consecutive losses, but the 8-2 victory over rivals Central Coast in the final round should lift their confidence.

Newcastle haven't played a final since March 2010, and will likely start with nerves when the whistle blows to start Friday night's game against Melbourne City.

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But they are playing a City side who will equally be feeling the heat because of an average finals record that includes being convincingly beaten twice in the grand final qualifier previously.

Warren Joyce's side defeated the Jets twice at McDonald Jones Stadium this season and will take confidence from those results.

It's a difficult match to pick and it could go either way.

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