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Australia v UAE: TV channel, live stream, squad, Socceroos news & Asian Cup preview

3:00 AM GMT+8 25/01/2019
Chris Ikonomidis Socceroos
The green and gold will be tested by their Asian Cup hosts

Australia will be out to send their 2019 Asian Cup hosts packing as they face off against the UAE in their quarter-final clash at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium on Saturday at 3am (AEDT). 

Both teams were forced to extra-time in their Round of 16 matches with the Socceroos seeing off Uzbekistan on penalties and the UAE edging Kyrgyzstan 3-2.

The UAE will be out for some revenge against the green and gold having fallen to Australia in the semi-finals of the 2015 Asian Cup and are yet to beat the Socceroos across their past five meetings. 

Game Australia vs UAE
Date Saturday, January 26 AEDT
Time 3.00am AEDT / 8.00pm LOCAL

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch


In Australia, the match can be watched live on Fox Sports through the Foxtel platform. There is no free-to-air broadcaster.

You can stream the game through either the Foxtel Go, Foxtel Play and Kayo - just bear in mind those services are subscription based.

AUS TV channel Online stream
Fox Sports Foxtel GO/Foxtel Play/Kayo
 

Squads & Team News


 
Position Australia players
Goalkeepers Ryan, Vukovic, Langerak
Defenders Sainsbury, Behich, Gersbach, Jurman, Milligan, Risdon, Degenek, Grant
Midfielders Luongo, Jeggo, Amini, Irvine, Mabil, Rogic
Forwards Leckie, Giannou, Nabbout, Maclaren, Kruse, Ikonomidis

A second yellow card of the tournament will see Tom Rogic sidelined for the quarter-final and force Graham Arnold into a reshuffle.

Mathew Leckie is fit again and could replace Chris Ikonomidis out wide with the Perth Glory attacker shifted into the middle to replace Rogic. Massimo Luongo could also be brought back into the starting side.

The only other possible change to the team could see Jamie Maclaren replaced as striker after he struggled to have an impact against Uzbekistan. 

Socceroos predicted XI: Ryan; Behich, Degenek, Sainsbury, Grant; Milligan, Irvine; Ikonomidis, Mabil, Leckie; Giannou.

Position UAE players
Goalkeepers

Khalid Essa, Ali Khaseif, Mohamed Al Shamsi 

Defenders Mohamed Ahmed, Ismail Ahmed, Khalifa Al Hammadi, Fares Juma, Khalifa Mubarak, Mahmoud Khamis, Walid Abbas
Midfielders Bandar Al Ahbabi, Amer Abdulrahman, Rayan Yaslam, Mohamed Abdulrahman, Khalfan Mubarak, Majed Hassan, Ismail Al Hammadi, Ali Salmeen, Khamis Esmail
Forwards Ali Mabkhout, Ahmed Khalil, Saif Rashid, Ismail Matar 
 UAE's star playmaker Omar Abdulrahman was ruled out of the tournament through an ACL injury but veteran striker Ismail Matar managed to overcome his own fitness concerns. Ali Mabkhout and substitute Ahmed Khalil have proven their attacking talent so far at the tournament and will be players the Socceroos must watch out for. Khalid Essa will start between the sticks for the UAE but was shaky last time out against Kyrgyzstan. 

Betting & Match Odds


Australia enter this match as $1.90 favourites with a UAE victory valued at $4.33

Despite both sides needing extra time in their last matches, the market suggests this one will be decided in normal time with odds of $6.50 for the game to be decided after 90 minutes.

A 1-0 win for Australia is the most likely result valued at $3.50

All odds courtesy of Bet365 and correct at the time of publishing. 


Match Preview


Four years after the Socceroos defeated the UAE 2-0 in the 2015 Asian Cup semi-finals, the two nations meet again in a quarter-final clash - this time on The Whites' soil.

While undefeated in their past six matches, the UAE haven't hit any great heights at this tournament drawing with Bahrain and Thailand in the group stages before scraping past Kyrgyzstan. 

Australia have been far from convincing themselves having lost their group opener against Jordan before beating Palestine and Syria to secure a Round of 16 clash with Uzbekistan

The green and gold were pushed all the way to penalties in that game after failing to score across 120 minutes and they must deliver a much better performance against a UAE side playing in front of their own.

With Tom Rogic suspended, the Socceroos must find someone else to spark an attack that never really got going against Uzbekistan. 

The UAE are yet to score across their five meetings with Australia and have also lost their past three encounters - a run they'll be desperate to reverse on home soil as they attempt to exact some Asian Cup revenge four years later.