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How an experimental Socceroos could line-up against Lebanon

9:49 AM GMT+8 20/11/2018
The green and gold look set to field some new faces on Tuesday night

Potentially the Socceroos final match before the Asian Cup in January, Graham Arnold has admitted now is the time to tinker and give fringe players a chance to impress.

With both Robbie Kruse and Tom Rogic rested, two starting spots have automatically opened up against Lebanon with Arnold revealing the changes to his starting 11 on Tuesday likely won't end there

"It's a great opportunity for me to have a look at other players," Arnold said.

"The boys who started against South Korea were excellent. There will be some in that game who start and others who will be given a great opportunity."

So who should get a shot and where will they play?

1. Awer Mabil

The winger has been lively in his two substitute appearances to date and looms as a potential replacement for Kruse in the starting side on the left wing. Another scenario could see him start on the right with Mathew Leckie left to lead the line or even rested considering his lack of club minutes to date.

2. Craig Goodwin

The Adelaide United attacker has been in stellar club form and was subsequently promoted to the Socceroos squad having originally been included as a train-on player. A natural left-footer, he stands to add a new dimension to the Socceroos left wing and it's hard to see him deployed anywhere else. 

3. Martin Boyle

Fresh from his Socceroos debut and the questionable assist he picked up along with it, the Scotsman is desperate for a start. He looked dangerous on the right wing against Korea Republic and certainly has the pace to trouble Lebanon. An ideal replacement for Leckie should Arnold give the Socceroos regular right winger a rest or a start up front. 

4. Rhyan Grant

Like Goodwin, the Sydney FC defender has gone from a train-on player to squad member and is on the cusp of earning his Socceroos debut. Battling Josh Risdon for the right-back spot, Lebanon could provide an ideal chance for Grant to show what he can bring to the side. Risdon was a stand-out performer against Korea Republic and may have done enough to earn a rest and indeed wrap up the right-back spot for the Asian Cup. Still, there's no harm in giving Grant 90 minutes to convince Arnold otherwise. 

5. Jackson Irvine

With Tom Rogic out, expect Massimo Luongo or Aaron Mooy to fill the vacant number 10 role with Irvine the perfect man to occupy a deeper-lying midfielder position. Though Luongo did ok there on Saturday, he hasn't quite got the presence to fully replace Mile Jedinak in the position, while Irvine has all the attributes to make the spot his own. 

6. Andrew Nabbout

Fit again having started two of the Socceroos World Cup games in Russia, Nabbout could be used as a number nine or a winger against Lebanon - a country that tried desperately to win him over before he pulled on the green and gold. Though praised by Arnold, Maclaren's attacking presence left something to be desired against Korea Republic with the starting striker position still very much up for grabs.

7. Danny Vukovic/Mitch Langerak

Mat Ryan is the Socceroos undisputed number one, but should injury strike over the next month - who would replace him in goal for the Asian Cup? After another stellar showing on Saturday, Ryan could well be rested as Arnold looks to confirm who his back-up shot-stopper will be come January. 

Here's just one possible way an experimental Socceroos could line-up against Lebanon.