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Jedinak not worried about Socceroos

05:48 BST 27/03/2017
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Australia versus United Arab Emirates is widely considered must-win for both nations but that hasn't increased the pressure for the hosts' captain

Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak remains ultra-calm, saying it's business as usual for Australia as they prepare for Tuesday night's crunch World Cup qualifier against United Arab Emirates.  

In one of the most important home qualifiers in recent memory, Australia are desperate for three points to maintain their bid for automatic qualification to Russia 2018.

The Socceroos sit three points behind top-two Saudi Arabia and Japan in Group B heading into this week's qualifiers, while the UAE are a further point behind in fourth.

Jedinak reckons the UAE's stability in terms of squad selections may help the hosts at Allianz Stadium.

"We've done some analysis on them and played them quite regularly," the Aston Villa midfielder told reporters on Monday. 

"We know that they don't change an awful lot in their style of play, and even the players in their squad have been together for quite a number of years. 

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"Growing up through the generations of [age national teams in UAE] and we know they're always giving us a good contest. 

"And we'll have to assert ourselves on the game, as we always do. And hopefully we can do that early doors and see where that gets us."

The Socceroos have drawn their past four World Cup qualifiers, including last week's 1-1 stalemate in Iraq and need a win to keep the pressure on Saudi Arabia and Japan.

Australia are looking to qualify for a fourth straight World Cup and their stuttering results have led to some criticism from the media and fans.

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Not that Jedinak is worried that his team-mates will be affected.

"We give it a good go as long as we're out on that pitch, and I expect no different tomorrow night," he said.

"You demand no different tomorrow. What each individual is thinking I can't tell you but from a personal perspective it's business as usual.

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"It's the way you've got to focus on the game and put on a performance and give everything you can to the cause.

"Hopefully a big, packed crowd and they get right behind us."