After a run of blockbuster matches the extended Christmas weekend of A-League coughs up some prospective lopsided affairs, with four of the five games featuring odds-on favorites according to website AustralianGambling.com.au.
The matches will be held Friday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with Brisbane Roar kicking things off Friday night at Suncorp Stadium against the Western Sydney Wanderers.
The Roar are now in third place, and while they are still seven points off top-placed Sydney they look like good value for the championship at $8 given the resilience they have shown this season.
The Roar are unbeaten in nine matches while the Wanderers have won just one of their past nine and gave up a two-goal lead against Wellington last week.
Accordingly, the oddsmakers have set up a lopsided market which has the Roar at $1.95, the draw at $3.50 and a Wanderers win at $3.70.
The Wanderers' overall record at Suncorp is pretty strong with three wins from seven matches, but one of their four losses was their heartbreaking defeat in the 2014 Grand Final.
The next match chronologically is the most even on paper with the suddenly in-form Newcastle Jets hosting Wellington Phoenix on Boxing Day.
The Jets stunned Perth a fortnight ago and then backed that up with a last-minute victory over Adelaide. Those results have catapulted them from near bottom of the table to fifth.
They go into this match as $2.30 favorites, the first time in a long time they have carried that tag, with the Phoenix, coming off that stirring 2-2 draw with the Wanderers, at $2.90 and the draw at $3.40.
Later that night bottom-placed Adelaide, who are seemingly out of ideas on how to resurrect their disastrous title defense, host high-flying Sydney FC at Coopers Stadium.
Given the Sky Blues are unbeaten and seven points clear on top of the table and the Reds have six points from 11 games, the $1.95 on offer about the visitors seems generous. The draw is at $3.50 and the Reds are also $3.50 to make it back-to-back home wins.
The round concludes with two matches in Melbourne on Tuesday and Wednesday night.
Melbourne City hosts Perth, the competition's great enigma, on Tuesday, with the home side coming off a shock loss in the Melbourne Derby last time out. It's worth noting that Glory beat City at this venue early this year, while they held Victory to a draw a few weeks ago.
If they bring that intensity then there may be hope of prevailing at the juicy odds of $5.50, but City, who are $1.55, will be desperate to get back on the winners' list.
Victory, on a five-match unbeaten streak which included four wins, are the shortest-priced favorite for the round when they host Central Coast Mariners at $1.25. The draw is $5.50 while a Mariners win is long odds at $11.