Australia will host Jordan in their AFC 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign on Tuesday, Mar. 29, at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney, starting 8 pm local time.
Australia have already qualified for the next round but a home win in front of 45,000-plus capacity crowd will be a confidence booster for the upcoming stages in the World tournament. Playing Tajikistan last week, the Socceroos pumped seven goals to enhance their dominance in the group, stated the official Socceroos website.
Tim Cahill wasn’t part of the squad last week. The Socceroos manager, Ange Postecoglou, did have a few words to share before the game.
“I’m getting to the point where I’m going, ‘Well, you know what, do I really need a settled lineup? I know people want that and get comfort in that, but it’s worked well for us to keep everyone on edge so far,” Postecoglou was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.
“Going into this camp we’ve left some pretty good players out of the actual squad, who were a big part of what’s happened in the last two years. So if we do well in these two games, all of a sudden there’s pressure within and pressure outside.
“I like that aspect of it. So, whilst you’re doing something to build some sort of core foundation, there’s part of me that wants to keep that uncertainty around it as well.”
Australia lost to Jordan 2-0 in Jordan last year. The former Spurs coach Harry Redknapp stated that beating Australia in their own backyard won’t be an easy task. “They are a threat, the fullbacks get forward, the boy [Brad] Smith I think is going to be a big player for Liverpool in the future, they’ve got a bit of pace in their team, they’re a dangerous team, a good team, there’s no doubt about that at all,” commented Redknapp
Australia starting lineup (4-3-3 formation): Ryan; McGowan, Sainsbury, Wright, Smith; Jedinak, Mooy, Luongo; Burns, Giannou, Leckie
Jordan starting lineup (4-4-2 formation): M. Yaseen; A. Yaseen, Al-Basha, Mustafa, Zahran; Haddad, Al-Bakhit, Deeb, Ayed; Al-Rawashdeh, Al-Dardour
Australia vs Jordan, AFC 2018 World Cup Qualifiers
Date: Tuesday, 29 March, 2016
Time: 8 pm local time
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Australia
Live Stream: Live Soccer TV