Sydney FC will be presented the Premiers Plate this evening, just reward for an outstanding season. There’s no doubt coach Graham Arnold will want the other piece of silverware on offer, and Sydney FC are in a pretty good place to claim it. Here’s why. 

1. Sydney’s got the best defence

11 goals in 24 games is just remarkable – blowing the competition away in terms of the A-League’s best defensive record. Arnold’s men are as stingey as they come at the back, having conceded more than one goal only once in the entire season (in a 3-2 victory against the Mariners), which will set them up seriously well in the finals. 

2. They’ve also got the best attack

Debatable, yes. Melbourne Victory’s triple threat in Berisha, Rojas and Troisi have been outstanding this season, no doubt about it, but the goals don’t lie and right now Sydney top the charts. If the likes of Bobo, Brosque and Holosko are able to replicate their regular season form Sydney will be tough prospect to contain for any team. The main threat will come from Ninkovic who’s been absolutely on fire all season. 

3. They’ve beaten everyone

Obviously the Sky Blues have been impressive against everyone this year (you don’t go 19 games undefeated playing mediocre football), but that confidence in having come up trumps against every potential finals opponent could prove invaluable. Perth fans in particular will no doubt be praying to avoid Sydney if they can follow their three thrashings this season.

4. History says they’ll win

Now for the big one. Trawling back through the records shows that 64% of teams who have won the Premiership have gone on to do the double. Pretty decent odds right? Well if as Premiers Sydney do make it to the Grand Final their odds increase even further (historically speaking), given that 78% of the time the Premiers have gone on to win it.

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5. But just in case they don’t… it’ll be Melbourne Victory

No doubt I’ve just jinxed Sydney to an early exit, so here’s the backup prediction. It’s certainly not an exciting one for fans of the underdog, but no team that’s finished outside the top two has ever won the Championship. Given that Melbourne Victory have sealed second place it looks like a bit of a foregone conclusion, but there’s always hope. 

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