Sydney FC have sacked goalkeeper Liam Reddy for breach of contract over his drunken escapades ahead of their recent A-League final in New Zealand.
Central Coast remain top of the A-League after the competition's experiment with five back-to-back matches in one day.
Socceroos two-goal hero Josh Kennedy is keen to play some role in Australia's second international in 48 hours, this time against Serbia in Melbourne.
Tim Cahill will be missing but the Socceroos are set to name most of their other stars for the two friendlies in Australia next month.
Melbourne Victory's players have made no secret taking out Wednesday night's A-League pre-season cup is a required target for the club.
A-League bosses are confident the future of the Perth Glory and NZ Knights will be secured within the next fortnight.
Melbourne Victory has promised to show no mercy in their match against A-League basket case New Zealand Knights on Sunday.
A-League bidders in north Queensland and Wollongong say they are ready to replace the struggling NZ Knights if they were dumped from the competition.
The New Zealand Knights' downward spiral has continued, with Swiss defender Gregory Duruz slapped with a two-game A-League ban for elbowing.
The New Zealand Knights' A-League future is back in the spotlight and facing a critical test when the club plays champion Sydney FC in Auckland.
Melbourne and Queensland's A-League finals bids bordered on hopeless after the Newcastle Jets' 1-0 win over the Victory in Newcastle on Sunday night.
Adelaide United has set up an enthralling top-of-the-table clash with Sydney FC next weekend in the A-League after a 1-0 win over the New Zealand Knights.
The New Zealand Knights have blasted the decision not to abandon its weekend A-League soccer match played on a pitch resembling a lake.