Sydney travel to AAMI Park on Friday night for a clash with Melbourne City in a game that gives the former an immediate chance to bounce back to winning form and the hosts the opportunity to show they have turned the corner.
Michael Lynch, The Age's expert on soccer, has had extensive experience of high level journalism in the UK and Australia. Michael has covered the Socceroos through Asia, Europe and South America in their past three World Cup campaigns. He has also reported on Grands Prix and top class motor sport from Asia and Europe. He has won several national media awards for both sports and industry journalism.
Battered, bruised, but not bloody and certainly not bowed.
Kevin Muscat's focus might have been on his team's trip to take on improving Central Coast Mariners on Sunday afternoon when he fronted the media on Saturday morning for a routine pre-match press conference.
Veteran Sydney sprinter Terravista scorched home to get up in the last stride under just returned jockey Corey Brown to give Warwick farm based trainer Joe Pride another Group One winner in an incident packed Lightning Stakes at Flemington.
In racing it's all about the timing.
Offer any owner and trainer such a galloper, particularly a three-year-old with plenty of upside, and they would bite your hand off.
It's not unusual for Australians to take a long break over the warm December/January period and many go in search of relief from the heat.
Melbourne Victory bosses are looking to play down speculation linking the club's A League winning coach Kevin Muscat with a stunning move to Glasgow to take charge at troubled Scottish giants Rangers.
Jack Reilly is a legend of Australian soccer.
Flying Artie, the favourite for the Lightning Stakes, is the highest rated three year old in action at Flemington on Saturday with a rating of 110.