Melbourne City moved to second on the A-League ladder on Tuesday night thanks to a 4-2 away win over the Newcastle Jets.
City are priced at 2/1 to win the 2021/22 A-League grand final and picked up a crucial three points thanks to a dominant display at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Socceroos striker Jamie Maclaren was the star of the show for City when bagging a brace while Mathew Leckie and Florin Berenguer were also on target during the win.
It was Berenguer who opened the scoring on 40 minutes when sweeping the ball home after a nice move involving Andrew Nabbout and Connor Metcalfe.
Maclaren and Leckie then made it 3-0 soon after the break before the Jets pulled a goal back when in-form striker Beka Mikeltadze fired home from the penalty spot.
Maclaren then restored the three-goal advantage when deflecting a Metcalfe shot into the back of the net, but there was still time for Angus Thurgate to score a late consolation for the home side.
City coach Patrick Kisnorbo missed the game through sickness but assistant coach Petr Kratky took charge and was delighted with the performance his players put in.
"The boys had a fantastic attitude," Kratky told reporters after the game. "We know Newcastle is a very good team in the attacking phase and we expected they would give us troubles when they have the ball, but we tried to control the game on the ball, which we did.
"The boys executed well and worked hard."