Sydney FC should get back to their winning ways this week when the unbeaten A-League leaders host struggling Adelaide United in the highlight of the eighth round.
The Sky Blues may have missed their shot at A-League history by failing to register their seventh successive win to start the season, but their draw against Brisbane was impressive enough not to dent the oddsmakers' confidence in their championship credentials.
They shortened even further from $3.60 into $3.40 for the championship off that performance, according to AustralianGambling.com.au, and they now find themselves six points clear around a quarter of the way through the season.
While Sydney FC manager Graham Arnold and his men are full of confidence, Adelaide United manager Guillermo Amor's season has gone from bad to worse, with the Reds picking up two points from their first seven games and the coach himself banned from the touchline after he grabbed the fourth official last week.
Amor may have overseen a remarkable premiership and championship double last year, but the odds that he will produce another one are lengthening by the week.
However, Reds fans will know that 12 months ago, their team was rock bottom of the league with just three points from their first eight matches. They then lost just one more match for the season.
They are $5.50 to get their opening win of the 2016-17 campaign this week, with the draw at $4.10 and Sydney FC $1.55 to claim the three points.
The round kicks off when Central Coast Mariners, coming off a 1-1 draw against Newcastle, host Perth Glory at Gosford on Thursday night.
The Mariners have just one win for the year but will be glad to be back at Gosford, where they have played just one game this year, a 1-0 loss to Brisbane a month ago.
They are $3.60 to win this, with the Glory, who are coming off a 3-1 win over the Reds last week, $1.95 favorites despite having won only once in Gosford in the history of the A-League. The draw, which was the result when these two met in Perth earlier in the season, is at $3.60.
Friday night's match between Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar is the tightest in terms of the market, with the Wanderers at $2.35, the Roar at $2.85 and the draw at $3.50.
The Wanderers haven't won in over a month, while the Roar haven't lost in that same period.
On Saturday evening, Melbourne Victory should reap the benefits of an unexpected week off when they host the Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park. Victory didn't travel to Wellington last week because of the New Zealand earthquake and should be fresh against the Jets. They are rightfully $1.50 favorites over the Jets at $6, with the draw at $4.25.
The final match of the weekend is also at AAMI Park, when Melbourne City host Wellington Phoenix on Sunday. City are $1.53 favorites, with Wellington at $5.50 and the draw set at $4.25.