Table-toppers Victoria will be guaranteed a home final in the Ryobi Cup if they can see off a Queensland Bulls side boosted by the return of veteran paceman Ryan Harris at the MCG on Saturday.
Victory would assure the Bushrangers hosting rights to the February 27 decider, while even a loss may do the same, with South Australia requiring a bonus-point victory against New South Wales to have any hope of staging it at Adelaide Oval.
Queensland, NSW and Western Australia also remain in contention to reach the final but must win convincingly and rely on other results to fall their way, with the Redbacks the most likely opponent.
"We are going to come up against a side that is going to fight their rings off to get into the final," opener Rob Quiney said on Friday.
"We need to make sure we're winning at the right time. We've done the hard yards to get to the final and now we've just got to keep ticking the boxes to make sure we do win that final.
"We just need to make sure we take winning form into the final."
Standing in the Bushrangers' way will be Queensland's fit-again fast bowler Harris, who will play his first domestic match of the season after battles with hip and shoulder injuries.
"I'm definitely looking forward to (facing Harris) because he is world class and it will be a great challenge for me personally and the top order as well," Quiney said.
Quiney himself enters the match with restored confidence after crunching scores of 122 and 74 in last week's one-dayers against the England Lions.
But the 30-year-old stopped short of declaring he was back in form.
"I have got (form) going in the right direction - away from going downhill. But it's only been two innings and it hasn't been against another state," he said.
"I wanted more responsibility with the Vics and it's time I stood up. We have two Ryobi games and hopefully three or four Shield games left that I can contribute heavily in."
The Bushrangers have made one change to the side that claimed a thrilling two-run victory against the Redbacks last week.
Young all-rounder Clive Rose comes into the line-up to replace John Hastings, who is away on Australia A duties.
With Joe Burns, Cameron Boyce and Ben Cutting called up for Australia A's upcoming clashes with the England Lions, the Bulls have rewarded Brisbane grade cricketers with chances to shine.
Left-handed batsman Dominic Michael and 20-year-old quick Ronan McDonald are set to make their Bulls debuts.
Victoria: Cameron White (c), Fawad Ahmed, Scott Boland, Peter Handscomb, Michael Hill, David Hussey, Alex Keath, Darren Pattinson, Rob Quiney, Chris Rogers, Clive Rose and Will Sheridan
Queensland: James Hopes (c), Peter Forrest, Matthew Gale, Cameron Gannon, Ryan Harris, Chris Hartley, Nathan Hauritz, Ronan McDonald, Dominic Michael, Greg Moller, Luke Pomersbach, Nathan Reardon