3 stats you have to know before Round Four

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It’s a matter of top, bottom and encouraging viewing figures as the statistics come through after three rounds of the A-League season.

 

1. This is Sydney FC’s best ever start

A perfect start to the season has not only cemented Sydney FC’s spot at the top of the A-League ladder, but also guaranteed the club their best ever start to an A-League season. The Sky Blues’ late 1-0 victory over Wellington on Sunday afternoon ensured a third straight win to start their campaign, having also kept three clean sheets in the process while finding the back of the net nine times.

While the maximum nine points from three games is a fantastic start for the Sydney side, they still remain a long way away from eclipsing Melbourne Victory’s record seven consecutive wins at the start of the 2006/07 season. Not that Sydney FC’s fans will care, with a Saturday afternoon trip up the F3 to meet an equally impressive Newcastle side the main priority.

 

2. It’s Wellington’s worst ever start

At the other end of the table things are looking grim for Wellington Phoenix after a 1-0 loss to Sydney on Sunday afternoon ensured they’ve equaled their poorest start to an A-League season. Compounding things further is the fact that the Phoenix are yet to register an official goal, though fans will no doubt feel aggrieved at seeing Roy Krishna’s first half strike incorrectly ruled offside during the clash last weekend.

A loss away to Melbourne Victory on Monday night would set a new A-League record of four consecutive losses to start a new season for the Phoenix. Failure to score would see them equal the Central Coast Mariners’ unwanted record of zero goals in four games at the start of the 2006/07 season.

 

3. TV and attendance figures are up on last year

Viewers are switching on in big numbers. After three rounds of the new season Fox Sports viewing numbers are up by 50% on last season while SBS’s free to air coverage of Friday night games is up by 37%.

Attendance figures are also trending higher, with over 250,000 fans already through the gates in the first 15 games compared to 220,000 at this stage last season. Round One (106,365) and Round Two (92,603) of the 2016/17 A-League season have already entered the history books as the largest and sixth largest attendances in the competition’s history, helped largely by bumper crowds during the Sydney and Melbourne derbies.

Despite the massive turnouts at ANZ and Etihad however average attendances still haven’t quite hit the levels of years gone by after the same opening three rounds. While crowds are averaging just over 17,000 so far this season, they still lag behind 2014/15 (19,200) and 2013/14 (18,000).

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