Foundation Laid For Socceroos

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Mile Jedinak is out of Tuesday's clash. Image courtesy of rediff.com

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Australia v Oman


Stadium Australia, Sydney

Tuesday January 13 –  7:00pm (AEST)

Form:


W

L


 

Australia  are poised to build on their solid start to this year's Asian Cup as they take on Oman  in Sydney.

When Kuwait took an early lead against the hosts on Friday night, it sent shockwaves of panic throughout the nation. However, Ange Postecoglou’s men responded in devastating style, claiming the three points with a 4-1 win and sending a clear message to the competition – they mean business. Goals from Tim Cahill and Massimo Luongo eased the nerves heading into half-time, while captain Mile Jedinak and James Troisi sealed the drubbing in the second stanza. Jedinak did limp off with an ankle injury and is set to miss this match, opening the door for Mark Milligan to fill the void on Tuesday. It would be the Victory skipper’s 34th international appearance, and he would love nothing more than to cap it with a goal.

Oman were put to the test in their first game of the tournament, eventually surrendering 1-0 to South Korea, a team widely considered as the dark horses to watch. They’re a team that know Australia very well after clashing four times in 2014 World Cup qualification, with the Socceroos managing just one win. Like their opponents, they also recently beat Kuwait by a healthy margin, managing a 5-0 win in last year’s Gulf Cup. With former EPL goalkeeper and team captain Ali Al Habsi in between the sticks, Oman will look to him for inspiration at the back.

Australia have failed to conjure a win over Oman in their past three outings, and the visitors head into this clash ranked nine spots above the Socceroos in the FIFA World Rankings. Punters, however, believe all that is academic, putting their faith in the hosts to get the job done in Sydney.

 

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