The cause of Victory’s Big Blue woes

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Sydney FC’s latest triumph over Melbourne Victory marked their seventh consecutive win over their traditional arch enemies in a rivalry that has become far too one sided in recent times.

The Sky Blues’ narrow 1-0 win in the latest instalment of the Big Blue saw the 2017/18 A-League Premiers equal the tally for the most goals scored throughout the season.

Bobo’s toe-poked finish in the early stages of the encounter was his side’s 64th goal of the campaign and puts them level with Brisbane Roar’s 2010/11 championship winning squad ahead of their guaranteed semi-finals appearance in two weeks’ time.

While in contrast, last night’s defeat was Melbourne’s 10th defeat of the season and they end the regular season in fourth place with 43 goals, a fraction of the amount scored by their New South Wales rivals.

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Since Victory last managed to win the treble, the A-League Premiership, Championship and FFA Cup in the 2014/15 season they have overcome Sydney on just two occasions with their last success arriving on Australia Day 2016.

Usually a fiercely contested derby which was difficult to call, this fixture has become one of the more predictable fixtures on the A-League calendar given Victory’s failings to beat the Sky Blues in over two years.

Head to head, Sydney coach Graham Arnold has the better of Victory coach Kevin Muscat with Arnold’s seven wins to Muscat’s three in this fixture while there have been four stalemates.

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However, Muscat held the upper hand until Sydney’s seven game winning streak began and was proudly undefeated in his first seven matches against Arnold’s Sky Blues’ side.

The two teams have played out so many memorable matches over the years and unfortunately last night was not one of them.

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As it stands Sydney are outperforming Victory and have the results to back their claim as the best A-League team in history.

Though Sydney may be the dominant force for now. Victory are still an outfit more than capable of challenge their rivals and soon enough we will see the Big Blue swing in favour of Melbourne.

Well at least we hope so from a neutral’s sake!

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Studying Journalism at UTS. Obsessed with football and a die hard supporter of Sydney FC and Liverpool FC in the EPL
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