Newcastle Jets coach Arthur Papas says his side are fired up for their clash with Adelaide United on Sunday after going almost six weeks without a game.
The Jets are priced at 13/8 to finish in the top six of the A-League and before their enforced break they were sitting in the finals positions.
A host of A-League games have been postponed and all sides have been affected but it is fair to say that the Jets have been the hardest hit.
They last played a game on 19th December and have slipped to second from bottom on the A-League ladder during their time off.
They now of course have plenty of games in hand and Papas says his players are itching to get out on the pitch and start picking up some points to get them up the ladder.
"We are the team that has had the longest period out, of anyone," Papas told reporters ahead of the game. "We want to get back on the field and get some rhythm.
"That is important, because even though we haven't played for six weeks the reality is we can't play practice matches. The boys have trained well and they are itching to play a competitive match.
"When we stopped playing we were in the top six and now we're not, without playing a game."
Newcastle have one win, two draws and two defeats from their opening five games and could do with a three-point return against the Reds.
Adelaide have just signed Japanese striker Hiroshi Ibusuki with the striker scoring on debut and Papas is well aware of the threat he will present.
"I coached against him and I know what he brings," Papas added. "He is a very strong target man, he's good in the box and in the air. He wants to compete and he's another quality player."