Adelaide United midfielder Dario Vidosic believes the weekend clash with Brisbane Roar will provide the sternest test of his side's title credentials and is looking forward to the challenge.
And it's not just because Brisbane is coached by his father Rado.
Adelaide is leading the A-League jointly with Newcastle Jets after four rounds.
Defending champion Roar is five points behind the leading pair but Vidosic junior won't be fooled by the table.
”Brisbane are still the benchmark of Australian football,” Vidosic said.
”They have advanced our game with their pressing, possession and playing out from the back.
”They have not had the best start but it's hard for them because all the teams are super motivated when they play them.
”Brisbane must feel they are playing in a grand final every week.
”And I can tell you we are all looking forward to the weekend game.
”They will be at home but we are ready for the challenge and I'm sure it will be a great game and a very interesting battle.”
The Sunday match will be the first time father meets son in a competitive professional match.
”It will be the first time I will be playing against my father,” he said.
”I played against him once in a pre-season cup a few years ago before the A-League started.
”I scored the winner actually to knock his team out of the semi-finals.
”Hopefully I'll do the same at Suncorp.
”We speak a lot every week and I don't think anything will change this week.
”We have not mentioned the match too much, it's just a normal game for both of us.
”And when I cross the line and the referee blows the whistle I will be fully focussed on us winning and I'm sure he will be preparing his team all week for them to win as well.
”We know they will be fired up against us after they lost to the Wanderers last round and captain Matty Smith even said so publicly.”
Adelaide goes into the match with a level of form and confidence that was boosted by the club's participation in the AFC Champions League, where it reached the quarter-finals before it narrowly lost to Bunyodkor of Uzbekistan.
Vidosic in particular is playing productively in the middle of the park and he puts his form down to a solid pre-season, a luxury he never had last year.
”I've had a proper pre-season this time and played a lot of competitive games between Champions League and A-League,” Vidosic said.
”That's the major difference. If you are fit and sharp you get a lot of confidence when you know you are able to compete.
”Pre-season gives you a base for the whole season and a feeling that you can go for 90 minutes in each match.
”For example, it enables you to go for a sprint and come back straight away.
”Last season I did not have the best pre-season and I found out later that when I had a bit of a dribble I often felt tired and needed a break.
”A good pre-season can also prevent injuries because your body is used to a certain workload.”
Vidosic said he was relishing the tactical liberty coach John Kosmina has given him this season.
”I'm happy to play anywhere in midfield and I have had several jobs this season,” he said.
”Kossie gives me that bit of freedom to go and look for the ball and I'm enjoying it.
”Thankfully, everything is going well results wise and I'm looking forward to the match against Brisbane at the weekend.
”We did not play at our best in Melbourne in round three when we lost 2-1.
”But we took the lead and had other chances to score in the first half.
”That's the positive we took out of that game because we still created chances without really well.”
Vidosic last played for Australia in a friendly match against New Zealand in June 2011 and would dearly love to add to his 14 caps when the Socceroos face Korea Republic away on 14 November.
Coach Holger Osieck is expected to name a strong contingent from the A-League for the match in Hwaseong.
”I'm not thinking too much about that and if I do get a call-up it would be great because obviously I love playing for my country,” he said.
”At the moment I'm just enjoying my football and doing the best I can but if I get the chance to play against Korea it would be a great thing.”
Marquee man Alessandro Del Piero will spearhead the A-League All Stars after being voted into the side to face EPL champion Manchester United next month.