Melbourne City moved back to the top of the A-League ladder after they came from behind to beat Macarthur FC 3-1 at AAMI Park on Wednesday night.
City are priced at 5/4 to win the A-League minor premiership and it is shaping up to be a two-horse race between them and Western United, who slipped to second place.
City and Western are both on 32 points but Western do have two games in hand. The two teams are also set to do battle against each other on Saturday night and the stakes could not be much higher.
City's confidence will be up after they fought back against the Bulls to earn a big three points and now it is game on.
Apostolos Giannou had put Macarthur in front after just 15 minutes but an own goal from Adrian Mariappa levelled matters before Florin Berenguer had City ahead just before half-time.
Jamie Maclaren made it 3-1 from the penalty spot on 54 minutes and City boss Patrick Kisnorbo was delighted with the win.
"I thought we created some good chances but what I was most pleased with was how we managed the second-half," Kisnorbo told reporters after the game. "We still pressed with a lot of intensity and kept the ball in good areas and that's what I was really pleased with."
The Bulls remain in fifth spot but boss Ante Milicic says they are struggling to reproduce their early-season form which saw them flying high.
An enforced 36-day break stopped them in their tracks and they have struggled since.
"The knock-on effect of that is when we're playing games the players aren't at the fitness levels that are required," he said. "And with that accumulation (of fixtures) we, unfortunately, lost too many key ones in terms of injuries."