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4FourFourTwo Melbourne Victory beat Melbourne City 3-0 at the MCG on Saturday night to claim the 2017 Hyundai A-League Championship.
Here’s what you need to know…1.
Victory are unbeaten in three games against Melbourne City in the Hyundai A, including a 2-1 win in the first leg of the series in Melbourne last month.2.
Victory’s midfield is one of the best in the competition with Jack Steele and Adam Taggart leading the charge.3.
City’s midfield, featuring Tom Rogic, has been solid in its two wins against Victory.4.
Willy Azevedo, who is playing his first senior match for Melbourne City, is a huge factor in Victory’s form.5.
Victory captain Mark Milligan has scored two goals this season and has six assists.6.
Victory have scored the second most goals (20) in the A-league this season.7.
City are bottom of the table with nine wins from 13 matches, with just one win from the remaining eight.8.
City defender Josh Schmeichel is a big target for Victory.9.
City forward Michael Chopra has six goals this term and two assists.10.
City goalkeeper Daniel Pudil has made six saves in four games against Victory this season, a career high.11.
City striker Mark Milliman has a career-best seven goals in seven games this term.12.
City captain Luke Brattan has been a big figure in Victory midfield.13.
Melbourne City have only conceded a goal in six of their last seven games and are top of the A League ladder with 23 points.14.
Victory manager Josep Gombau has kept his players fresh this season with Victorians midfielder Jack Steele training with his team.15.
Victory midfielder Jacob Tucker has made his A-L debut for Melbourne Victory, and has three goals and one assist.16.
Victory goalkeeper Daniel Peacock has kept a clean sheet in four straight games.17.
Victory striker Jacob Tucker is the first player in A-LEAGUE history to have more goals (15) than assists (10) in his debut season.18.
Victory defender Matt Smith is the only player in the league with three goals in a game this season (three goals and two assist).19.
Victory winger Matt Priddis has scored three goals this campaign, with five assists.20.
Victory keeper Matt Smith has a goal and two points this season to go with his three goals (two goals and an assist).21.
Melbourne Victory midfielder Luke Brannigan has been instrumental in the team’s success this season for the first time in his career.22.
Victory is unbeaten in its last nine home games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (12 wins, six draws, five losses).23.
Melbourne’s James Troisi is the leading goal scorer in the division with two goals and three assists this season.(AAP: Luke Grundy)