Australia will take on Tajiskistan in their AFC 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide on Thursday, March 24, starting 8 pm AEDT.

The Asian Champion has already played Bangladesh in Perth last September. Australia now lead their five member World Cup 2018 Qualifying group, with Tajikistan out of contention.

The last time the Adelaide Oval hosted an international match was almost five years ago.  It was a friendly game between Australia and New Zealand.

The FIFA World Cup Qualifier is just one of the major events that Adelaide is set to host.  Australia is one of the most popular destinations to host a major event like this.  Fans will be thrilled to see more of International Football down-under.

As per the Four Four Two reports, Australia forward Mathew Leckie is excited to see new faces in the “national team camp”. Australia cruised to a comfortable victory over second placed Jordan and are now looking forward to their home match against a weak looking Tajikistan.

“It’s always exciting when there’s a few new guys, a couple of young guys as well and they should get the hang of it real quick,” Leckie told a news conference on Tuesday.

“It’s a new thing for them. I’m sure they will be nervous for the first couple of days which is quite normal.

“My first few camps I was very nervous as well. But we’ve got a great bunch of guys, everyone’s down to earth and very welcoming.

As per the Yibada reports, the Socceroos are ahead with 15-points while the visiting team is down with 5 points.

To follow the live action, follow the schedule and links bellow.

Team News

Australia starting lineup (4-4-2 formation): Federici; McGowan, Wilkinson, Wright, Sainsbury; Jedinak, McKay, Mooy, Luongo; Cahill, Leckie

Tajikistan starting lineup (4-3-3 formation): Tuychiev; Nazarov, Rajabov, Ergashev, Jalilov; Vasiev, Makhmudov, Dzhalilov, Sharipov; Saidov, Tukhtasunov

Match Schedule

Date: Thursday, 24 March 2016

Time: 8 pm AEDT, 7:30 pm Local time

Venue: Adelaide Oval

Live Stream: Fox Sports Live