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Sydney FC's historical edge ahead of A-League grand final

02:21 BST 16/05/2019
Sydney FC Perth Glory
The Sky Blues have history on their side ahead of the competition decider

They may be the away team, but Sydney FC will fancy their chances of upsetting Perth Glory in the A-League grand final on Sunday. 

The Sky Blues have won 10 of their last 11 A-League clashes against Glory and claimed a 3-0 victory in their only previous finals' encounter. 

Sydney FC are also just the second team in the competition's history to win a grand final outside of their state, making the trip to Perth a bit less intimidating. 

Glory's home record is impressive however, with Tony Popovic's side losing just one of their past 10 league games in Western Australia - keeping six clean sheets in the process.

Popovic has been a big factor behind Perth's strong season but has tasted grand final defeat in all three of the A-League deciders he's reached as a coach. 

“I feel honoured to be in my fourth grand final," Popovic said.

“I’ve probably covered every single base in terms of doing something in a different way."

The Sky Blues will arrive in Perth on the back of a stunning 6-1 defeat of Melbourne Victory, while Glory required penalties to edge past Adelaide United after squandering the lead three times. 

A massive crowd is expected at Optus Stadium on Sunday with stats and recent form making this A-League decider a very difficult one to pick. 

Key Opta stats: 

  • Sydney FC have won 10 of their last 11 Hyundai A-League games against Perth Glory (L1), including a 3-0 win in their only previous post-season clash (Semi Final, 2016/17).
  • Perth Glory have lost only one of their last 10 Hyundai A-League games on home turf (W8, D1), keeping six clean sheets in that period.
  • This will be Sydney FC's fifth appearance in a Hyundai A-League Grand Final (W3, L1) – only Melbourne Victory (6) have made more – and their first against a team other than Melbourne Victory since the competition's inaugural campaign (vs Central Coast Mariners, 2005-06).
  • Only twice in A-League history has any team won the A-League Grand Final outside of their own state
  • Joel Chianese was directly involved in all three of Perth Glory's goals in their last home game against Sydney FC (two goals and one assist) - his most ever goal involvements in a single A-League game