Ange Postecoglou leads his Australia team to Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula on Friday to take on Honduras in the first leg of their World Cup Intercontinental Qualification play-off tie.
The Socceroos were hopeful of automatic qualification to the World Cup finals in Russia next year but were forced to settle for a play-off place following a 2-1 extra-time victory over Syria last time out.
The first leg of the tie will take place this week, with the decidiing tie on Wednesday November 15.
|Game||Honduras vs Australia|
|Date||Friday, November 10|
|Time||22:00 GMT | 09:00 AEDT|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
The game will not be available to viewers in the UK, but will be broadcasted on Fox Sports 501 and 9Go in Australia, and streamed live on 9Now.
|TV channel||Online stream|
|Fox Sports 501, 9Go||9Now|
SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Defenders||Beckeles, Crisanto, Izaguirre, Sánchez, Figueroa, Figueroa, Palacios, Alvarado, Vargas|
|Midfielders||García, López, Martínez, Acosta, Mejía, Claros, Peña, Morazán, Chirinos|
|Forwards||Lanza, Lozano, Quioto, Elis, Costly|
Skipper Maynor Figueroa and Alberth Elis are both suspended for the meeting, with Boniek Garcia a possible replacement for the latter.
Houston Dynamo winger Romell Quoito will continue to be the main attacking threat for Honduras, having scored six goals in the group stage.
Potential starting XI: Escober; Beckeles, Figueroa, Palacios, Izaguirre; Mejía, Claros; García, López, Quioto; Lozano
|Goalkeepers||Langerak, Ryan, Vukovic|
|Defenders||Degenek, Jurman, McGowan, Sainsbury, Wright|
|Midfielders||Behich, Gersbach, Goodwin, Irvine, Jedinak, Jeggo, Kruse, Leckie, Luongo, Milligan, Mooy, Rogic, Risdon, Troisi|
|Forwards||Cahill, Juric, Rukavytsya|
Tim Cahill was the hero against Syria, scoring both goals in the Socceroo's dramtic win, but is unlikely to play a part in the first leg of the play-offs due to an ankle injury.
Cahill has travelled with the squad, though, and Postecoglou will be hopeful the 37-year-old will recover in time for the second leg of the tie.
Captain Mark Milligan and winger Mathew Leckie are both suspended for the tie.
Potential starting XI: Ryan; Sainsbury, Wright, Degenek; Risdon, Luongo, Mooy, Behich; Kruse, Rogic; Juric
BETTING & MATCH ODDS
The hosts are favourites to take a lead into the second leg, with dabblebet placing Honduras at 21/20 and Australia at 3/1.
Postecoglou and his side will not only be faced with beating a high-scoring Honduras side in unfamiliar surroundings, but will be tasked with doing so in front of an infamously hostile 38,000 crowd.
The Hondurans secured a thrilling 3-2 home win over Mexico in their last outing and in doing so snatched fourth position and a play-off place away from United States.
They will be confident in finding the net on at least one occassion on Friday, such is the Socceroos vulnerability at the back.
Australia have kept just one clean sheet in the last 12 months, a 2-0 victory against United Arab Emirates in March 2017.
Honduras have also struggled in defence, however, and have conceded in each of their last five fixtures - the worst of which being a 6-0 defeat at the hands of United States in March.
Both sides will be desperate to gain even a narrow advantage going into the second leg of the play-off and is set to be an exciting encounter as a result.