Winning Drought Must End

Image courtesy of theaustralian.com.au/Gregg Porteous
Ange Postecoglou has tasted victory just once as Socceroos boss. Image courtesy of theaustralian.com.au/Gregg Porteous

Saudi Arabia v Australia



Craven Cottage, London
Tuesday September 9 – 5:00 AM (AEST)


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Winless in their previous seven matches, Australia can change that against Saudi Arabia  in London on Tuesday morning (AEST).

The Socceroos head into this clash off the back of a 2-0  loss to big guns Belgium on Friday, but they are confident they can change their fortunes and notch a win at Craven Cottage. Ange Postecoglou’s reign as manager of the national team began on a high note with victory over Costa Rica last November. Since then, however, the Socceroos have gone on to lose six matches and draw one, albeit against world class opposition, leaving the former Brisbane Roar coach with a winning strike rate of just 12.5%.

Saudi Arabia enter Tuesday’s match ranked 83rd in the world, just four spots below the Socceroos. The Green Falcons have won just one of their past five matches, and were also on the wrong side of a 4-2  score line when the sides last met in February, 2012. Their head-to-head record against the Socceroos isn’t great either, with just one win in five encounters.

Tuesday’s match is crucial for Postecoglou’s men as they look to build momentum heading into next year’s Asian Cup. The Socceroos should possess too much class for the Saudi’s, and they look to be good value in the result market.

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