Bert van Marwijk's first match in charge of the Socceroos ended in disappointing fashion with the green and gold humbled 4-1 by a sharp Norway side in Oslo over the weekend.
Handing three Aussies their debuts on Saturday, Van Marwijk's experimentation backfired with Ola Kamara netting a hat-trick after Jackson Irvine had opened the scoring for an otherwise sloppy Socceroos.
Colombia will offer Australia an even sterner test with the South Americans themselves coming off a remarkable 3-2 win over France.
|Game||Colombia vs Australia|
|Date||Tuesday March 27|
|Time||19:00 LOCAL / 06:00 AEDT (next day)|
|Stream||Foxtel Now/Foxtel Go|
TV Channel & Live Stream
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|AUS TV channel||Online stream|
|Fox Sports/Network Ten||Foxtel Now / Foxtel Go|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Ryan, Jones, Vukovic|
|Defenders||Behich, Degenek, Jurman, Meredith, Risdon, Sainsbury, Susnjar, Wright|
|Midfielders||Brilliante, Irvine, Jedinak, Luongo, Milligan, Mooy, Petratos, Rogic|
|Forwards||Cahill, Juric, Kruse, Leckie, Nabbout, Rukavytsya, Troisi|
After giving Andrew Nabbout, Dimitri Petratos and Aleksandar Susnjar their first taste of national team action against Norway, expect more changes to van Marwijk's Socceroos squad against Colombia.
A change between the sticks seems likely with Brad Jones in line for a long awaited return to the side, while Josh Risdon should get a run at right back after a poor performance from Bailey Wright there against Norway.
Further experimentation could come in midfield, while Tomi Juric or Tim Cahill can expect a start up front.
Potential Australia starting XI: Jones; Risdon, Meredith, Degenek, Behich; Jedinak, Mooy, Leckie, Rogic, Rukavytsya; Juric.
|Defenders||C.Zapata, D.Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Espinosa, Arias, Murillo, Fabra|
|Midfielders||Rodriguez, C.Sanchez, Lerma, Moreno, Uribe, Barrios, Quintero, Aguilar|
|Forwards||D.Zapata, Izquierdo, Bacca, Muriel, Falcao, Borja, Chara, Cantillo|
After coming back from 2-0 down against France last time out, Colombia will be desperate to keep the momentum going against Australia.
Arsenal keeper David Ospina, much like Mat Ryan for Australia, has the number one spot all but wrapped up for the World Cup, so back-up Camilo Vargas could be given some game time.
Other Colombia regulars could also be rested after starting against France with James Rodriquez and Falcao two big names that could potentially find themselves on the bench.
Potential Colombia starting XI: Vargas; Arias, Mina, Sanchez, Fabra; Aguilar, Sanchez, Uribe, Rodriquez, Muriel; Falcao
Betting & Match Odds
Goals are all but a certainty in this affair with the two teams known more for their attack than defences with a goalless game going at odds of $11.
Robbie Kruse, Tim Cahill and Tomi Juric are the best-backed Aussies to get on the score sheet at some point with odds of $5.
After being outplayed by Norway, Australia will need to find their feet quickly against a Colombian outfit capable of inflicting an even more embarrassing result.
A new coach, a few new players and a new formation means it will take some time for this Socceroos side to gel but van Marwijk needs to see improvements quickly with a World Cup less than three months away.
Defensively poor in Oslo, Australia need to find some stability at the back against a Colombian side with plenty of goals in them.
The Socceroos have themselves struggled to find the back of the net from open play with the majority of their goals in qualifying coming from set-pieces.
An ageing Tim Cahill could be just the man to change that trend with the Millwall striker keen to show he can still cut it at the top level.
Having openly stressed the importance of training over actual matches in the lead up to Russia, van Marwijk simply can't take this game lightly if Australia is any hope of avoiding a heavy defeat.