World Cup qualifying preview: Jordan v Australia
With just two points from two matches, the Socceroos need a result to keep in touch with Japan. Jordan, meanwhile, are a point further behind a need a win even more
|By KIERAN JONES
Bani Yaseen, Muneer, Fat-hi, Al-Dmeiri
Am. Deeb, Abdel-Fattah, Hash'hash, Al-Saify
Ab. Deeb, Hayel
Wilkshire, Ognenovski, Neill, Carney
Kruse, Bresciano, McKay, Rukavytsya
Australia will be looking to register their first win of the final round of the AFC 2014 World Cup qualifying against Jordan in Amman on Tuesday [Wednesday morning Australian time].
Draws with Japan and Oman in the first two games of the final round of the qualifying have left the Socceroos in a precarious position going in to the clash with Jordan, but a 3-0 win over Lebanon on Thursday should give Australia some confidence heading in to the match.
Mark Bresciano will be pulling the strings again in midfield, while Tim Cahill and Matt McKay look likely to start against the side sitting 87th in the FIFA world rankings.
Both Cahill and McKay were impressive in the friendly win, but the real interest will be in who starts up front.
Alex Brosque started against Lebanon with Robbie Kruse and Nikita Rukavystya either side of him, but, with a plethora of options in reserve, Holger Osieck could change things if the Socceroos struggle to score against the hosts.
Brett Holman and Adam Sarota both came on and provided some impetus against Lebanon, while perennial substitute Archie Thompson will most likely be a spark for his side in the second half after scoring in Beirut.
A win is crucial for Osieck. Victory could put them five points clear of immediate danger from nations below in Group B, but anything less could see an ugly scrap ensue for the second spot in the group as Japan gallop ahead.
Jordan's defence has looked shaky at best in their qualifiers, but goalkeeper Amer Shafi has been solid between the sticks in so far.
Jordan are coming off a 0-0 friendly draw with Iran last Tuesday and sit on the bottom of Group B table, with their only point coming from a 1-1 draw with Iraq back in June.
Manager Adnan Hamad may have to park players deep in defence if his side hope to keep a clean sheet.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Jordan coach Adnan Hamad was at the helm of Iraq for five separate stints in ten years before winning his current post in 2009. After an unspectacular final spell, he was banned for life from coaching Iraq in 2008.
Adnan was coach of the Iraq side which beat Australia 1-0 in Dubai in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Archie Thompson's goal late in the game against Lebanon was his first goal for the national side since 2006.
Mark Schwarzer and Lucas Neill are the only two Socceroos in this squad to have debuted in the 1990s.
Jordan have certainly been the most inconsistent side of the Asian Football Confederation qualifying. They thrashed Nepal 9-0 in the second round of qualifying but lost to Japan 6-0 earlier in June.
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Top 3 Predictions
Jordan 0-1 Australia
- 12.2 %
Jordan 1-2 Australia
- 11.97 %
Jordan 0-2 Australia
- 11.75 %
|World Cup Qualification 2014 (Asia) (WCQA)||11/06/2013||Australia 4 - Jordan 0|
|World Cup Qualification 2014 (Asia) (WCQA)||12/09/2012||Jordan 2 - Australia 1|
|06/03/2014||Jordan 2 - Syria 1||ACQ|
|04/02/2014||Singapore 1 - Jordan 3||ACQ|
|01/02/2014||Oman 0 - Jordan 0||ACQ|
|21/11/2013||Uruguay 0 - Jordan 0||WCQ|
|14/11/2013||Jordan 0 - Uruguay 5||WCQ|
|19||Anas Bani Yaseen||Defender|
|5||Mohammad Al Dumeiri||Defender|
|18||Hassan Abdel Fattah||Midfielder|
|9||Odai Al Saify||Striker|
|15||Shadi Abu Hashhash||Midfielder|
|-||Abdullah Al Zoubi|
|-||Mohammad Al Basha||Defender|
|-||Suliman Al Salman|
|11||Ra'ed Al Nawateer||Striker|
|6||Saeed Al Murjan||Midfielder|
|20||Hamza Al Daradreh||Striker|
|2||Lucas Edward Neill||Defender|
|-||Jason Alan Davidson||Defender|