Australia will be looking to secure their spot in the next round of AFC World Cup qualifying when they travel to Nepal on Friday at 5pm (UK time).
The second round of AFC World Cup qualifying also serves as qualification for the Asian Cup, which Australia can also reach with a win.
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Scoreline prediction: Nepal 0-5 Australia
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Nepal vs Australia build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
As far as World Cup qualifying goes, Nepal’s campaign is over, but they will be looking for a positive result to aid their campaign to reach the Asian Cup. As things stand, Nepal are fourth in Group B with two wins from seven games, but that would not be good enough to make the third round of Asian Cup qualifying. Instead, as one of the four-worst ranked fourth-placed teams (winning no points with their results against fifth-placed Chinese Taipei not counting) Nepal will have to face the play-offs. A shock result against Australia would change that.
However, it would be one of the biggest shocks ever for Nepal to even get a point against Australia, who have been understandably unstoppable in qualifying. The Socceroos have won all six of their Group B games so far and only need two points from their final two matches to both qualify for the Asian Cup and the third round en route to the World Cup. Australia have scored 24 goals and conceded just twice in their six matches, with Chinese Taipei the only team to breach their net in 7-1 and 5-1 defeats.
- Nepal (vs Jordan): Limbu; Rajbanshi, Khawas, A Tamang, Aryal; Uparkoti, Chand, S Tamang; Bista, Rijal, Lama.
- Australia (vs Chinese Taipei): Vukovic; Grant, Souttar, Sainsbury, Good; McGree, Dougall, Genreau, Borrello; Duke, Maclaren.
Neither side has any fresh concerns ahead of this game.
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Player to watch: Mitchell Duke (Australia)
Mitchell Duke made his Australia debut in 2013, starting in a goalless draw with South Korea in the East Asian Cup before two goals in his next two games against Japan and China. However, after another substitute appearance in a friendly against Brazil in September 2013, Duke dropped out of the Australia set-up and wasn’t seen again until 2o19.
That appearance also came against South Korea and kickstarted his return to the Socceroos, with Duke having played in four of their past seven matches. Two of those have come in the current World Cup/Asian Cup qualifying campaign, with a substitute appearance against Kuwait followed by a start last time out away to Chinese Taipei.
Duke scored twice in the second half to put the gloss on the win for Australia, making it 4-0 and then 5-1, taking his tally for the nation to four goals in eight caps.
World Cup qualifying recent form:
- Nepal: LWLLL
- Australia: WWWWW
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