The Socceroos simply need a result to confirm their passage into the fourth round, while the War Elephants will be looking for a home win to keep their hopes alive
Suree Sukgha, Jantakam, Siriwong, Phanrit
Surat Sukha, Lahso,
Nutnum, Thonglao, Kaewprom
Wilkshire, Neill, Spiranovic, Zullo
Emerton, Valeri, Jedinak, McKay
Australia coach Holger Osieck says there's no need to panic after the loss to Oman, with the Socceroos still only needing one point from their final two group games to qualify. Harry Kewell is out of the squad due to a muscle injury, while right-back Rhys Williams injured his leg late on against Oman and is unlikely to start. Osieck has been criticised in some quarters for changing a winning formula against Oman from the side which easily accounted for the west Asians in Sydney last month, so a return to those tactics is on the cards, with Matt McKay likely to move back into midfield, while Brett Holman should partner Joshua Kennedy up front.
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- These two nations have met on three occasions, with Australia winning every time, including a 4-0 victory in Thailand at the 2007 Asian Cup.
- Australia had won five internationals on the bounce before their shock 1-0 loss to Oman.
- This will be Holger Osieck's first game in charge of Australia in south-east Asia, where the temperature is expected to be in mid-30s.
- Thailand had this game moved from Rajamangala National Stadium to Supachalasai Stadium due to the former being used as an evacuation centre during the recent floods around Bangkok.
- The War Elephants last home defeat came all the way back in January 2010, when they lost 3-1 to Poland in Nakhon Ratchasima in Thailand's north-east.
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