Massive game at home for the Socceroos and a must win if they want to earn a top two automatic qualifying spot.
You don’t want to go down the play-off route as that is cup final football and anything can happen.
The Socceroos need to perform well enough to take all three points in this game to give them confidence qualifying out of the group.
Ange will 100 percent stick with his 3-4-3 formation.
It has been something he had been thinking of for some time. People are caught up too much on this.
With players he now has at his disposal, he believes this is the best way to go to win football matches. I have no issue with that at all.
Aaron Mooy is a player who likes to get many touches on the ball.
For him to be effective at this level this is key to him performing well personally, but also for the way the team will perform.
It’s important he’s receiving the ball in higher areas so the distances aren’t as big for the decisive pass or action.
We don’t want him picking up the ball too deep.
With the Saudis holding a three-point advantage over the Socceroos, I expect them to be very cagey and cautious.
They’ll try to be well organized and be dangerous on the counter.
If they start well and settle into the game, they can frustrate the Socceroos for sure.
The start of the match will be very interesting as to what direction the game will head in.
From our side, we’ll look to attack at every opportunity but make sure we don’t leave the back door open.
We should be able to control the game. Are we able to create several clear cut chances to win the game? I believe we can.
KEY BATTLE: Tomi Juric v Osama Hawsawi
Tomi Juric is enjoying some good growth to his game and finding the back of the net.
For me, he has improved significantly from the Asian Cup and can occupy and keep central defenders very busy.
He should be able to play a key role and win his personal duel in this game.
Going for a professional performance that might not be flashy but will get the job done in a crucial qualifier for our Australian boys.
They love being at home and playing in front of their fans.
Australia at $1.40
Draw at $4.75
Saudi Arabia at $8.50
Tip: Australia at $1.40
Correct score: Australia 2-0 (7.50)
Total goals: Under 2.5 (2.12)
Both teams to score: No (1.80)
Double chance: Australia or Draw (1.08)
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