Preview: Caltex Socceroos v Brazil

Caltex Socceroos star Tom Rogic and Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

Caltex Socceroos star Tom Rogic and Brazilian midfield maestro Philippe Coutinho.

 

With the three all-important World Cup qualification points in the bag, a buoyant Caltex Socceroos now benchmark themselves against world number one Brazil at the MCG.

4 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

1.   This high-profile friendly will be excellent preparation for Australia ahead of the Confederations Cup in Russia, which kicks off next week starting with Germany.

Brazil and Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho is a big fan of Aaron Mooy and hopes to play alongside the Caltex Socceroo in the EPL next season.2.   Brazil are taking this seriously. They lost to bitter rivals Argentina last Friday 1-0, and would not want a second loss on Australian soil. They even scouted Australia against Saudi Arabia.

3.   Australia come into this game on the back of two key wins in World Cup qualification – a 3-2 win last week over Saudi Arabia in Adelaide and a 2-0 victory over UAE in late March.

4: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City is out of this game after picking up an eye injury against Argentina. But look out for pacy Chelsea winger Willian who was electric last Friday night.

AUSTRALIAN SQUAD NEWS 

· Pacy wingback Brad Smith hurt his hamstring in Adelaide and is out of the squad for this game and the Confederations Cup

· Norway-based Alex Gersbach is his replacement but will hook up with the squad in Russia and not for this game.

· Postecoglou hinted keepers Langerak and Vukovic may see some game time against the Selecao, as might uncapped Ajdin Hrustic.

· The boss confirmed Tim Cahill will see some game time against Brazil

CURRENT WORLD RANKINGS

Australia: 48

Brazil: 1

FINAL WORD

With the pressure off after last week’s must-win over Saudi Arabia, you sense Australia can enjoy this friendly as they share the stage with one of the world’s iconic football nations at such an storied sporting venue.

Enjoyment aside, this will be a terrific chance for Ange Postecoglou to try some new faces while giving his formation and ideas another test on the Road to Russia 2018.

Jamie Maclaren in action against England.And no doubt Germany will have eyes on this clash with the two nations meeting in the Confeds Cup opener in a week’s time.

It’ll be fascinating to see how the likes of Tom Rogic and Aaron Mooy deal with the defensive midfield rearguard of Fernandinho and Paulinho.

The rock solid Brazilian pair look a decent combination in the centre of the park judging by their display against Argentina.

That said, Brazil will still be kicking themselves for not being able to find the net last Friday night against Messi’s men.

Brazil's starting line-up for Friday night's friendly with Argentina at the MCG.They’ll be looking to get forward and play their own game on Tuesday night. And so will Australia.

Should be an entertaining evening.

 

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

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