Melbourne City clinches 2023-24 A-League Premiers in thrilling finale

Key Numbers from the 2023-24 Liberty A-League Regular Season: A Look Back Using Opta Data

The 2023-24 Liberty A-League regular season has concluded, with Melbourne City emerging as Premiers after a thrilling final day. City finished two points clear of Sydney FC to claim the title for the third time. Despite not being the top scorers, City converted the most big chances in the league this season.

With an expected goals tally of 47.8, City had no trouble creating opportunities but struggled to convert all of them, reflected in their xG differential of -7.8. Newcastle Jets were the most efficient in converting xG to actual goals this season. City also led in successful passes and passing accuracy, boasting the second-highest passing accuracy figure since 2017-18.

Melbourne Victory, City’s neighbors, excelled in tackle-success rate and duels success percentage. Meanwhile, Michelle Heyman of Canberra secured the Golden Boot with 17 goals. Canberra, despite leading in shot-conversion rate, struggled defensively and finished 11th in the standings.

Sophie Harding of Western Sydney Wanderers stood out with 12 goals and a record number of shots taken. Mackenzie Hawkesby of Sydney FC was a creative force, setting a new record for goalscoring opportunities. City, having secured the Premiers title, now shift their focus to the Finals as they aim for a double triumph.

As attention turns to the Finals series, the competition remains fierce, with Sydney FC among the contenders for the title. While Melbourne City seeks to maintain their momentum, teams like Western Sydney Wanderers and Canberra will aim to make their mark despite their respective regular-season performances. The stages are set for an exciting culmination to the Liberty A-League season.

Denis Hardin

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