Opta Data A-League stat attack

Will SBS ONE viewers see Victory overcome a horror opening-round hoodoo against Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday night at 7.30pm AEDT?

In a surprising statistic for one of the league’s strongest clubs, Victory have tasted success on the opening weekend only once - and that was more than eight years ago.

Stats by Opta Data show Victory’s last opening round win came way back in season 2006/07 against Adelaide United on August 25, 2006.

Goals to now-coach Kevin Muscat from the penalty spot and second half substitute Brazilian Claudinho handed them a 2-0 win, on their way to winning the title that season.

While it’s a worrying trait heading into the new campaign, it is worth noting six of those results have been draws, including four against Sydney FC.

If there is to be a result on Friday night, expect the goals to come late on.

All seven goals scored in the three fixtures between the two sides last season all came after the half-time interval.

Victory playmaker Gui Finkler will be one for the Wanderers to watch, especially as the match heads towards the end. The Brazilian scored injury-time goals in both matches at AAMI Park last season.

Meanwhile, Newcastle Jets face a tough task to beat Central Coast Mariners in the F3 derby, managing just three goals in their last 10 visits to Bluetongue Stadium.

The Jets have a diabolical record at their rivals’ home ground, with just one win from 16 matches.

It’s a similar story for Perth Glory, who face the grueling trek to Wellington, with just one win from 12 matches on away trips to the Phoenix.

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