Stats analysis: City on track for 67-goal season


Stats guru @AndyHowe_statto looks at Melbourne City’s goal rush and compares it to some of the most prolific teams in Aussie club history.

After Round 15 of the 2015/16 Hyundai A-League season, Melbourne City are on a goal-scoring run that could lead to one of the most prolific seasons for a club in Australian national league history.

City has scored 37 goals in its first 15 games – the highest scoring first 15 games in an Australian season for almost two decades.

In 1996/97 Sydney United scored an equal record 43 goals in its first 15 games, a season which started with three-goal hauls in each of their first four games, and a 7-0 shellacking of one-season-wonder Collingwood Warriors in round 9.

David Zdrilic and Ante Milicic were Sydney United’s top scorers at the time.

Back in 1984 John Kosmina led a Sydney City strike force that also netted 43 goals in its first 15 games; albeit it was a season where the experienced Sydney City came up against several newly-promoted clubs, as Australia’s national league expanded from 16 to 24 teams after the 1983 season.

City’s run of 37 goals in its first 15 games in 2015/16 puts the Melbourne club on track to having one of the most dominant goal-scoring regular seasons on record.

At its current rate of 2.47 goals per game, Van ‘t Schip’s side would reach 67 goals by the end of the home and away season.