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.
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.