Socceroos away playoff against Syria expected to be in the Middle East

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The Middle-Eastern nation have played their previous qualifiers in Malaysia but look set to make things more difficult for the green-and-gold

Syria is expected to host its World Cup qualifying playoff leg against Australia in the Middle East - in a bid to get a 'home' advantage.

The Syrians haven't played a match in their country since 2010 and have previously hosted their third-round AFC qualifiers for Russia at Hang Jebat Stadium in Malaysia.

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Australia initially believed the October 5 first leg was likely to be hosted in the Malaysian stadium, which is 140km south of Kuala Lumpur.

But it has since emerged the Syrians are keen for the match to be played in the Middle East - with the UAE, Jordan and Qatar contenders to host according to reports.

The return leg will be played at Sydney's ANZ Stadium on October 10 with the winner moving on a home-and-away tie against the fourth-placed team from CONCACAF (currently USA).