It is the last week before continental commitments begin for the A-League sides.
Sydney will not be happy with what is (by their standards) a form slump with one win in 2018 so far and the big matches still to come.
Brisbane and Perth are two sides in need of a shot of confidence when they face off while both Melbourne sides have important matchups as the gap on the ladder between them gets ever tighter.
Plenty to look forward to this weekend so here are our A-League betting previews and recommended plays.
Brisbane Roar Vs Perth Glory
Thursday 18 January, 7:50pm, Suncorp Stadium
Brisbane and Perth kick off Round 17 with a Thursday night clash to give the Roar the maximum preparation time ahead of their Asian Champions League Qualifier next Tuesday.
When these sides met on the Thursday before Christmas, it looked for a long time like it would be the Roar coming away with a win but a late run produced goals for Andy Keogh and Diego Castro to allow the visitors to come away with all three points. ‘
It has not been smooth sailing for the Glory since then losing all four matches since then and coach Kenny Lowe feeling plenty of pressure.
Things have not been much better with the fan base turning on the coaching staff having gone over 290 minutes without a league goal.
Both sides have shaky defensive groups but struggle to score and there is no clear winner in this game so instead back the draw.
Back the Draw @ $3.00
Western Sydney Wanderers Vs Melbourne Victory
Friday 19 January, 7:50pm, ANZ Stadium
While this fixture might lack the true marquee status it once had, it is still a must watch.
The Victory pulled out an important win against Perth last week despite being pushed to the edge.
History shows that the last two matches between these sides were draws however both sides have undergone significant changes since then.
Look for the Victory to pick up where they left off and push for a big win in this game.
Back Melbourne Victory to Win @ $2.20
Newcastle Jets Vs Wellington Phoenix
Saturday, 4:35pm, McDonald Jones Stadium
One of Newcastle’s early statement results was a comfortable 3-0 win over the Phoenix in early November.
Back to back wins and three straight without a loss has them feeling pretty good about coming away with three points here.
With new addition Pato Rodriguez finding his feet they should become much more comfortable going forward and put away the Phoenix.
The odds here do not offer the biggest of return but it is hard to see this match going any other way.
Back Newcastle Jets to Win @ $1.61
Sydney FC Vs Central Coast Mariners
Saturday 20 January, 7:50pm, Emirates Stadium
When Sydney FC look over at their loss column and see a solitary ‘1’ in there they know it was the Mariners who were responsible for that.
Graham Arnold appears to be pulling all the right strings getting his team motivated week after week to ensure they are ready to go.
Having been held to a draw against Adelaide, who followed the Mariners blueprint, Sydney will want to get back on track, especially with that being their second draw in three games.
Sydney are not offering great value and with the Mariners missing players through Olyroos commitments, stay away from this game,
Melbourne City Vs Adelaide United
Sunday 21 January, 7:00pm, AAMI Park
Much like when the Roar play Melbourne Victory, there will be a reunion atmosphere in the air due to the history between the two sides.
City will be happy to be coming into this game off two wins and a draw where they played most of the match with ten men.
When City were flying at the start of the year, they put away Adelaide 2-0 and would happily take that scoreline again.
But with Adelaide’s resilience on full display in their last three games, it is too hard to write them off and instead look for this to finish in a draw.
Back the Draw @ $3.60
The rivalry between the Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC is one of the fiercest in the A-League and they will do battle again in Melbourne on Australia Day.
Coffs Harbour will be treated to a rare A-League game when Newcastle face Melbourne City on Friday night and there are a host of big games spread right throughout the weekend.
We have closely analysed every game in the A-League this season and you can find our thoughts on every single clash below.
Melbourne Victory Vs Sydney FC
Thursday 26 January, 6:50pm, Etihad Stadium
The Melbourne Victory have lost two games on the trot, but they will still go into this clash with Sydney FC as clear favourites.
Melbourne were very disappointing against the Perth Glory last weekend and they have now won six of their past 12 games as home favourites for a clear loss.
Sydney FC returned to winning form with a typically professional effort against Adelaide United and they are still yet to lose a game this season.
One position in which Sydney FC have struggled over the past 12 months is as away underdogs and they have not won any of their four games in this scenario.
They have drawn two of their past four games in that situation and backing the draw in every Melbourne Victory game this season has proven to be a profitable play.
Back The Draw @ $3.40
Newcastle Jets Vs Melbourne City
Friday 27 January, 6:50pm, Coffs International Stadium
Newcastle Jets have elected to move their home game to Coffs Harbour and it is Melbourne City that will start this clash as clear favourites.
Melbourne City have struggled away from home over the past 12 months and they have won just one of their past seven games as away favourites for a big loss.
Newcastle are not playing at Hunter Stadium this weekend, but they will still have the support of the crowd and this is generally when they produce their best football.
The Jets have won four of their past nine games as home underdogs for a clear profit and their record against Melbourne City is fairly strong.
I can’t get Melbourne City anywhere near as short as their current price and the Jets do represent genuine value at their current price.
Back Newcastle To Win @ $3.80
Central Coast Mariners Vs Perth Glory
Saturday 28 January, 4:35pm, Central Coast Stadium
Perth Glory produced one of their best performances of the season to beat Melbourne Victory last weekend and they will start this clash as the punter’s elect.
Perth have not lost a game in 2017 and they improved their record to 2-2 as away favourites for a narrow profit.
Central Coast produced an improved effort against Melbourne City last weekend, but they still came away from the game with nothing and have lost seven of their past eight games.
Winning at home has proven to be a huge problem for Central Coast and they have won just one of their past 11 games as home underdogs for a huge loss.
Perth should have no problem getting the job done and they are the best value play of the weekend.
Back Perth To Win @ $2.20
Brisbane Roar Vs Western Sydney Wanderers
Saturday 28 January, 6:50pm, Suncorp Stadium
It is always close when the Brisbane Roar take on the Western Sydney Wanderers and that looks likely to be the case again this weekend.
Brisbane ended their losing streak with a narrow win over the Wellington Phoenix and another win this weekend would really get their season back on track.
The Roar are normally at their best at Suncorp Stadium and they have won nine of their past 13 games as home favourites for a clear profit.
Western Sydney finally returned to winning form against the Newcastle Jets last weekend and they will take confidence from the fact that they drew with the Roar at Suncorp Stadium a month ago.
The Wanderers have won just one of their past ten games as away underdogs, but they have take a point from five of these clashes and are always tough to break down.
Brisbane generally get the job done at Suncorp Stadium and this is their chance to bounce back in front of their home fans.
Back Brisbane To Win @ $2.25
Adelaide United Vs Wellington Phoenix
Sunday 29 January, 4:00pm, Coopers Stadium
Adelaide United continue to struggle for consistency in the A-League, but they will go into this clash with the Wellington Phoenix as favourites.
The Reds have won six of their past 16 games as home favourites for a narrow loss and they have been a very tough team to trust from a betting perspective this season.
Wellington has their winning run ended by the Brisbane Roar last weekend, but it is fair to say that they have played some quality football over the past month.
The Phoenix have won three of their past ten games as away underdogs for a profit, but they are also a tough team to trust.
This is a match that the market looks to have got just about right from a betting standpoint and I am happy to stay out.