After storming through Group D of the third round, the Australians are barely clinging to the second spot in Group B. Their points have put them in to a deadlock with Iraq and Oman and point ahead of Jordan. Fortunately, the Australians have only played games while the other teams have contested matches. The Australians got their campaign in the fourth round off to a hard start with a 0-0 draw to Oman and a 1-1 draw with Japan. They followed it with a 2-1 loss to Jordan before finally getting the much needed 2-1 win over Iraq.
Australia’s attempts to qualify for its third straight World Cup are endangered by a mediocre run in Group B of the fourth round.Playing at home after an ideal preparation with a squad coach Holger Osieck admits leaves him spoilt for choice, Australia have no excuses ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Oman on Tuesday.With only matches left on the road to Brazil, the ANZ Stadium clash is a vital step toward next year’s showpiece.But query marks still hang over who will replace Neill in the centre of defence.Australia sit in second spot in their group but only ahead of Oman and Iraq on aim difference as well as a point in front of Jordan.With skipper Lucas Neill suspended for the match, fellow stalwart Mark Schwarzer wears the captain’s armband.”In my mind, yes I have settled on the pairing,” the Italian coach said.A-League players Jade North, Michael Thwaite and Mark Milligan and overseas-based Rhys Williams and Ryan McGowan loom as possibilities but Osieck was giving nothing away.”Knowing that Lucas would not be obtainable for tomorrow I have already worked on this and I am sure I will have a nice pairing in central defence.”The last time Australia played Oman in Muscat last June it ended in a stalemate and Schwarzer knows they’ll be no easybeats this time either.”This is going to be the toughest game to date because of the importance of it – pure and simple,” the veteran of 104 caps said on Monday.
World Cup 2014 Qualifying Round
Date: 26 March 2013 | 26-03-2013
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Socceroos coach Holger Osieck will be much more relaxed than Le Guen although he is without Everton’s Tim Cahill who has been battling a groin issue. A-League duo Harry Kewell and Brett Emerton return to the squad after missing the last matches, although the former may be left out of the beginning line-up due to his indifferent club form and the impressive partnership struck up by Brett Holman and Joshua Kennedy in assault. Both players are scoring for fun at their respective clubs. Emerton could receive a start on the right side of midfield, while Mark Schwarzer returns to take over from Adam Federici.Oman Footy Association chairman Sayyid Khalid Al Busaidi has put the heat on the national team, stating that “losing is not an option” in this game. Subsequently, coach Paul Le Guen has made some changes to the side which meekly lost 3-0 in Australia last month, with Fawzi Bashir and Hussain Al Hadhri likely to start in midfield. Right-back Rashid Al Farsi is out of the side due to a cruciate ligament injury.
Australia and Oman teams squads and expected players probables lineups details list here below.
Australia Team Squad:
Schwarzer Wilkshire, Neill, Spiranovic, Zullo Emerton, Valeri, Jedinak, McKay Kennedy, Holman
Oman Team Squad:
Al Habsi Al Alawi, Suhail, Al Sheiba, Mudhafar Al Hadhri, Al Mahaijri, Bashir Al Hosni, Al Ajmi Al Muqbali
Australia team have great chance for beat Oman at home ground because they are in good form. we also hope they are become winner by 1-0 goals.but stay here check results and watch who will win the match?