AFC 2014 World Cup Qualifying Preview: Australia v Oman
The Socceroos will be looking to put one foot into the fourth round of World Cup qualifying with a victory over Paul Le Guen's Oman in Sydney on Tuesday
By Ben Somerford
Williams, Neill, Ognenovski, Zullo
Wilkshire, Valeri, Jedinak, McKay
Al Sheiba, Suhail, Saleh, Al Farsi
Darwish, Al Ajmi, Kanu, Katkut
Al Hosni, Al Muqbali
Osieck's main dilemma is whether to keep faith in Alex Brosque, who scored twice against Malaysia, or reinstate the in-form Brett Holman into attack. The German may also persist with Rhys Williams at right-back after his two-assist performance, allowing regular full-back Luke Wilkshire to move into midfield.
Oman have been in Australia for several days now, with coach Paul Le Guen making the journey to Canberra to watch the Socceroos dismantle Malaysia. Le Guen knows it'll be a big task so it's likely he'll field a defensive line-up, with Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi their rock. Exciting young striker Abdulaziz Al Moqbali is a chance to start while Hassan Rabia and Hamood Al Saadi could be given a run.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Australia and Oman met twice in qualifying for the 2011 Asian Cup, with the Socceroos winning both encounters, but only by the one goal on both occasions with full-strength sides, hinting there's not much separating these two nations.
- Australia haven't been beaten on home soil since March 2009, when they went down 1-0 to Kuwait in that Asian Cup qualifying campaign with a weakened side.
- The Socceroos played in Sydney on October 9 last year beating Paraguay 1-0. In 2009, they played the Netherlands in Sydney on October 10, drawing 0-0. Now they face Oman in Sydney on October 11.
- Oman failed to reach the fourth round of 2010 World Cup qualifying while they also failed to reach the 2011 Asian Cup.
- Despite the Omanis' recent poor record they actually won the 2009 Gulf Cup of Nations.
- Oman's best known footballer is keeper Al Habsi (right), however midfielder Fawzi Bashir is a star too, plying his trade in UAE with last season's league runners-up Bani Yas.
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Top 3 Predictions
Australia 3-0 Oman
- 24.11 %
Australia 2-0 Oman
- 11.61 %
Australia 4-0 Oman
- 10.71 %
|World Cup Qualifying - Asia (WCQ)||Mar 26, 2013||Australia 2 - Oman 2|
|World Cup Qualifying - Asia (WCQ)||Jun 8, 2012||Oman 0 - Australia 0|
|World Cup Qualifying - Asia (WCQ)||Nov 11, 2011||Oman 1 - Australia 0|
|World Cup Qualifying - Asia (WCQ)||Oct 11, 2011||Australia 3 - Oman 0|
|Asia - Asian Cup (ASIA)||Jul 8, 2007||Australia 1 - Oman 1|
|Nov 19, 2013||Australia 1 - Costa Rica 0||FR|
|Oct 15, 2013||Canada 0 - Australia 3||FR|
|Oct 11, 2013||France 6 - Australia 0||FR|
|Sep 7, 2013||Brazil 6 - Australia 0||FR|
|Jul 28, 2013||Australia 3 - China 4||EAFF|
|2||Lucas Edward Neill||Defender|
|9||Joshua Blake Kennedy||Striker|
|-||Ali Al Habsi|
|-||Mohammed Al Balushi|
|-||Ahmed Kano Mahaijri||Midfielder|
|-||Abdul Aziz Al Muqbali||Midfielder|
|15||Ismail Al Ajmi||Striker|
|-||Emad Al Hosny|
|18||Faiz Al Rashidi||Goalkeeper|
|3||Jaber Al Owaisi||Defender|
|-||Hussain Al Hadhri||Midfielder|