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  • 7 October 2011
  • • 14:30
  • • Canberra Stadium, Canberra
  • Referee: P. Cetrangolo
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International Friendly Preview: Australia v Malaysia

International Friendly Preview: Australia v Malaysia

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The 2011 Asian Cup runners-up will play host to the Malayan Tigers, who are ranked 147th in the world, in a friendly in the Australian capital Canberra on Friday


PROBABLE LINEUPS

AUSTRALIA
Portugal
Federici
Williams, Neill, Spiranovic, Zullo
McKay, Valeri, Jedinak, Troisi
Kennedy, Holman
MALAYSIA
Iceland
Khairul
Mahali, Asrarudin, Norhafiz, Mohamad
Joseph, Rohidan, Kunanlan, Baddrol
Safee, Norshahrul

Socceroos coach Holger Osieck already opted to leave out A-League duo Harry Kewell and Brett Emerton from this squad as they settle in at their new clubs, before Premier League pair Tim Cahill (leg) and Mark Schwarzer (back) pulled out of the squad during the week due to injuries.

Those omissions leave Australia under-strength, but in-form Reading keeper Adam Federici will deputise for Schwarzer, while Brett Holman should lead the line alongside Nagoya hitman Joshua Kennedy. There should also be opportunities for some younger players.

Malaysia coach K. Rajagopal has called up 26 players for the Australia trip, but has opted to leave out four big names in captain Safiq Rahim, Aidil Zafuan, Amirul Hadi Zainal and Ashaari Samsudin. Rising star Joseph Kalang could replace Rahim in midfield, while striker Safee Sali is a player to watch after a recent trial at Cardiff City.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Australia are ranked 19th in the world just above the likes of Mexico and Serbia, while Malaysia are down in equal 147th alongside Oceania's Fiji.
  • These two nations have met six times, with the Socceroos victorious on six occasions while the Malayan Tigers triumphed once.
  • The Socceroos are unbeaten since their extra-time 2011 Asian Cup final loss to Japan, winning five of their six games, including victories away to Germany, Wales and Saudi Arabia.
  • Australia's last international match in Canberra was a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Kuwait in March 2009, when an entirely local-based side was fielded. That game was Australia's last loss on home soil.
  • Malaysia will co-host the ASEAN Football Federation Championship with Thailand next year, with the Malayan Tigers having won the tournament in 2010 under Rajagopal.
  • The Malayan Tigers bowed out of 2014 World Cup qualifying in the second round in Asia, after losing 6-4 on aggregate to South-East Asian rivals Singapore.

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Australia

Malaysia

Wins
1
0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Australia AUS
Australia Australia
Draw
Malaysia MAS
Malaysia Malaysia
59%
33%

Top 3 Predictions

Australia AUS
0 - 1
Malaysia MAS
Australia AUS
3 - 0
Malaysia MAS
Australia AUS
2 - 1
Malaysia MAS

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