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Venue: Allianz Stadium
Attendance: 41546
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'Best ever Sydney FC' team: Bolton

Hyundai A-League Grand Final preview: Sydney FC v Victory

Two powerhouses collide in a worthy climax to the 2016/17 Hyundai A-League season. Will the Sky Blues from Sydney complete their all-conquering campaign or can Melbourne Victory trip them up at the final hurdle and win a fourth Championship?

MATCH DETAILS

Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Kick-Off: 5:00pm (AEST)

Referee: Jarred Gillett

Assistant Referee 1: David Walsh

Assistant Referee 2: Matthew Cream

Fourth Official: Peter Green

Fifth Official: Owen Goldrick

Video Assistant Referee: Strebre Delovski

TV Broadcast: Live coverage on Fox Sports 505 from 4.00pm (AEST) and delayed coverage on SBS VICELAND from 5.30pm AEST

Radio Broadcast: ABC News (on Radio), ABC Digital Extra, Online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App – A-league Live, Crocmedia A-League Live (www.facebook.com/A-leagueLIVERadio), 1116 SEN (Melbourne), EON Sports Radio (eonsportsradio.com)

Sydney FC flyer Bernie Ibini is in doubt for Sunday's grand final against Melbourne Victory due to a hamstring injury.

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Sydney FC squad: 1.Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), 4.Alex WILKINSON, 5.Jordy BUIJS, 6.Joshua BRILLANTE, 7.Michael ZULLO, 8.Milos DIMITRIJEVIC, 9.BOBÔ, 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 11.Bernie IBINI, 13.Brandon O’NEILL, 14.Alex BROSQUE (c), 17.David CARNEY, 18.Matt SIMON, 19.George BLACKWOOD, 20.Danny VUKOVIC (GK), 21.Filip HOLOSKO, 22.Seb RYALL, 23.Rhyan GRANT **two to be omitted**

Ins: 19.George BLACKWOOD (promoted), 22.Seb RYALL (promoted)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: Nil

Melbourne Victory squad: 2.Jason GERIA, 4.Nick ANSELL, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Marco ROJAS, 8.Besart BERISHA, 10.James TROISI, 11.Mitch AUSTIN, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 15.Alan BARO, 16.Rashid MAHAZI, 17.James DONACHIE, 19.George HOWARD, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (GK), 21.Carl VALERI (c), 22.Stefan NIGRO, 23.Jai INGHAM, 40.Matt ACTON (GK) **two to be omitted**

Melbourne Victory's Spanish defender Alan Baro has given the Hyundai A-League Finals Series system the thumbs up.

Ins: 19.George HOWARD (promoted), 22.Stefan NIGRO (promoted)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: Nil

BLUFFER'S GUIDE

After their record-breaking season, it would be only fitting for Sydney FC to complete the job and lift the championship trophy on Sunday evening.

They’ve left the others in their wake, breaking all manner of Hyundai A-League records and setting new standards on and off the field.

Everything points to a 22nd win in 29 games for Graham Arnold’s side, and their comfortable victory over Perth Glory in last weekend’s semi-final only strengthened their credentials in the eyes of many. 

In fact, it’s hard to find any neutral observers who think Victory might win, but the fact remains they definitely have the players to do so.

Nine of their likely match-day squad have previous grand final experience, including Besart Berisha who will play in his fourth, having never lost one.

Besart Berisha was the hero for Melbourne Victory in their semi final win over Brisbane Roar.

The Kosovo international simply doesn’t know the meaning of the word “lose” and will do everything in his power to combine with his dangerous attacking comrades to lower Sydney’s colours.

The Sky Blues though have been simply imperious, and their 3-0 semi-final win over Glory on Saturday was the eleventh time they’ve scored three or more goals in a game this season; their front-third capability is quite frankly frightening. 

With so much attacking firepower at the disposal of both coaches, it might well be the tighter defence that makes the difference.

Sydney FC have been unmatchable in that regard, keeping an astonishing 17 clean sheets and conceding just 12 goals in 42 hours of football.

Goalkeeper Danny Vukovic is the best in the land and he and three of his back four – Alex Wilkinson, Rhyan Grant and Michael Zullo – were recognised in the PFA Team of the Season announced this week.

Danny Vukovic was outstanding in Sydney FC's 4-1 win over Perth Glory.

Whichever way you look at it, the two best sides have reached the Big Show.

A classic climax awaits.

OPTA DATA

· Sydney FC have won their last three games against Victory; at no point in the 41-game history between these sides has either team won four consecutive games. 

· Melbourne Victory are undefeated against Sydney FC in five finals clashes, including a 3-0 win when these teams met in the 2015 grand final; that was only time either side has kept a post-season clean sheet against the other. 

· Sydney FC will be looking to make it the fourth consecutive A-League season where the Premiers have gone on to win the Grand Final, a scenario which has played out in seven of the 11 A-League seasons. 

· Melbourne Victory have scored 13 goals in the final 15 minutes of games this season, more than any other team.

· Both Sydney FC’s Milos Ninkovic and Victory’s Marco Rojas have provided 11 assists this season, three more than any other player.

ROUTE TO GOAL

Goals win games and these two teams have certainly exhibited their firepower in 2016/17, winning 37 of their combined 56 matches.

Both have topped 50 goals this season and have some of the most exciting strikers in Hyundai A-League history among their ranks.

Melbourne Victory’s main man is, of course, Besart Berisha.

He’s netted 20 goals this season and needs just two more to equal Victory legend Archie Thompson’s finals record of ten, half of which came in the 2006/07 grand final demolition of Adelaide United.

Berisha blends a burning desire to win with an unquenchable thirst for goals, making him the most potent striker in the 12-year history of the Hyundai A-League.

Alongside Berisha, the “Kiwi Messi” has had a spectacular return to the competition, with Marco Rojas mixing a dozen goals with 11 assists; he’s absolutely capable of the spectacular match-turning moment which might prove decisive in such a big game.

Victory's Marco Rojas, Fahid Ben Khalfallah and James Troisi celebrate a goal against Glory on Saturday night.

The support cast includes Fahid Ben Khalfallah in his last game for the Big V and Caltex Socceroo James Troisi.

As front-fours go, it’s about as exciting as it gets.

Sydney FC’s 2016/17 version of the “Killer B’s” has comprised brilliant Brazilian Bobo and effervescent skipper Alex Brosque, who have combined for 26 goals this season.

Bobo has brought the talent and experience gained from over a dozen years of top-flight football in his homeland and Turkey, while Brosque has enjoyed a stellar goalscoring season, reaching double figures for the first time.

While not quite as prolific, Slovakian Filip Holosko has been every bit as important, chipping in with crucial strikes and working tirelessly in the front third.

Providing the ammunition has been the competition’s best player, the sublime Serbian Milos Ninkovic, whose ability to unlock defences and create chances for his team-mates has been unrivalled in the past 30 weeks.

Sydney FC skipper Alex Brosque celebrates the opening goal in the win over Melbourne City.

So, who do you fancy?

Berisha, Rojas, Ben Khalfallah and Troisi?

Or Bobo, Brosque, Holosko and Ninkovic?

Regardless of whose side you fall on, the array of attacking talent on display is mouth-watering.

WHO'S BEEN IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK?

Serbian superstar Milos Ninkovic was a popular winner of the Johnny Warren Medal on Monday night.

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PREDICTION

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Sydney FC will play Melbourne Victory in the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Grand Final.

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Epic battle sees Sydney FC crowned champions

Sydney FC have crowned an extraordinary season by defeating arch-rivals Melbourne Victory on penalties 4-2 in a titanic Hyundai A-League Grand Final at Allianz Stadium on Sunday.

The game ended 1-1 after extra time.

In the shootout, Brosque opened the scoring, Troisi replied to kick off the shooout.

Wilkinson then missed to give Victory the advantage, and Broxham made it 2-1.

Carney coolly made it 2-2 and Valeri smashed his shot against the bar to hand Sydney a lifeline.

O’Neill scored to make it 3-2 with Rojas to take for the Big V. Vukovic saved brilliantly.

And the player of the season Milos Ninkovic stepped up to score the winner 4-2.

After confirming the Premiership with weeks left in the regular season, Graham Arnold's Sky Blues have now done the double to cement their position as the A-League's most dominant club side - and one of the greatest in league history.

Sunday's finale in the Harbour City wasn't one of the great grand finals but it was certainly the most intense.  

It was a frantic and electrically charged first half as both sides threw themselves into the contest in front of 41,546 fans.

It was fierce, feisty and intense football with referee Jarred Gillett having his hands full.

Amid the scrappy play, one moment of pure class broke the game open when Berisha pounced to give Victory the lead on 20 minutes.

Sydney FC, as expected threw everything at their opponent in the second half with David Carney thrown on early, but Victory kept their shape and excellent defensive discipline.

That was till the Sky Blues’ pressure finally paid off and Rhyan Grant as popped up in the box to tap in the equaliser.

Suddenly, and for the first time, Victory were looking shaky as the Sky Blues sensed it was their time.

But in a game of few clear chances, neither side could find a winner and the game went to extra time.

Clearly both sides looked fatigued in the final stages of the finale after an epic 90 minutes.

Troisi could’ve won it for the Big V but it wasn’t to be and so to penalties it went.

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GOALS

1-0 Besart Berisha, Victory 20’

Rojas was crunched by two Sky Blues near the centre circle, Valeri picked up the loose ball, fed Berisha centrally, and the Big V talisman drove into the box, shifted the ball onto his left foot and powered home a low shot into the corner of the net. 

1-1 Rhyan Grant, Sydney FC 69’

Sydney FC finally found enough space to get a shot off, with Carney’s effort parried onto the post and as the ball rolled along the line Rhyan Grant was first to it to drill home.

Sydney FC players celebrate Rhyan Grant's equaliser in the Hyundai A-League Grand Final.

KEY MOMENT

James Troisi, in the first minute of the second half in extra time, turned and shot brilliantly to beat Vukovic but not the post. A goal then and Victory may’ve been able to hold on for a win in extra time. 

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