Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold expects his men to "win and win well" in their Monday clash with A-League strugglers Brisbane Roar.
Neither coach was willing to sugar-coat where they stand in the scheme of things on Sunday, with the table-topping Sky Blues in typically confident mood ahead of the Suncorp Stadium match.
"The boys are sharp and they're very focused; I can see it in their eyes," said Arnold.
Brisbane counterpart John Aloisi admitted his side would struggle to avoid a second home loss inside four days.
"No-one is expecting us to get anything; it's a game that the players should go into and play without fear," Aloisi said.
"But (don't bother playing if) you can't get up for a game against Sydney FC, who are top of the table, with that interstate rivalry and a big crowd."
The Roar have three wins and four draws from 14 starts, but are still just four points adrift of the top six.
Sydney have one loss and two draws accompanying 11 wins this season to sit eight points clear on top.
The Roar will hope Danish import Thomas Kristensen is fit to play after limping off in the first half of Friday's 2-0 loss to the Western Sydney Wanderers.
The midfielder was on the comeback from a long-term hamstring injury and, in an encouraging sign, was able to train on Sunday.
French winger Eric Bautheac is also in the frame to play after injuring a hamstring about one month ago.
Brett Holman and Ivan Franjic both trained on Sunday but Aloisi said they remained out of contention.
Friday's defeat to the Wanderers was the Roar's fifth at home this season and was another case of competitiveness without reward for the hosts.
"We've still been playing well at home, but haven't had the results we deserved."
The Roar boss tipped Sydney to struggle in the Brisbane humidity, but Arnold said that wouldn't be an issue for the "fittest team in the country".
"They turn up much earlier to training earlier than is needed ... love playing together, being together and winning together."
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