Australia v Bangladesh Tips – Socceroos aiming for back-to-back qualifying victories
The Aussies look set to manage successive World Cup qualifying wins when they go head-to-head with Bangladesh on Thursday evening.
September 2nd, 2015
This will be the Socceroos’ second match in their World Cup qualification campaign and they are in no doubt that they need to finish atop the group in order to qualify for the next round.
Ipswich winger Tommy Oar and Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak scored in the 2-1 victory over Kyrgyzstan in June to kick-start their journey to the finals in Russia.
Aussie boss Ange Postecoglu will be confident of leading the Socceroos to victory in Perth and whilst the three points would be extremely welcome, he says that he is wanting to give the supporters something to cheer.
“There’s always a little bit of excitement amongst the players. It’s their first home game since the Asian Cup and we haven’t been to Perth for a long time,” he said.
“We had a great turnout at the fan day and I’m sure there will be a buzz in the stadium. A perfect night for us would be to play well and also entertain the crowd but the most important thing is we keep progressing our football.
“We want to put on a show. It’s three important points and the more points you get earlier in this campaign, the less likely of a banana-skin down the track.”
The manager has as yet failed to name the starting line-up, however he has stated that goalie Alex Cisak won’t be starting on Thursday, although Everton player Tim Cahill will be skipper for the match in place of Jedinak.
“This is a World Cup qualifier, it’s not a friendly game and the sole focus is on the game and that’s it,” he added.
“We’re under no illusions if it doesn’t go well tomorrow night, no-one’s going to care about anything that’s been discussed over the last 48 hours, all they are going to care about is how come we didn’t win a game of football in a World Cup qualifier. That ain’t going to happen on my watch.”
Bangladesh have been involved in two World Cup qualifying games to date, however with a solitary point on the board they can’t afford any more slip-ups having lost 3-1 to Kyrgyzstan and drawn 1-1 to Tajikistan.
Bangladesh manager Lodewijk de Kruif knows that his men have effectively been written off, given that they are ranked 170th in the world, however he maintains that his side won’t be rolling over in this clash.
“We know (Australia) is number one in Asia, a good team, a lot of good players that are playing in Europe so we are absolutely the underdog,” he said.
“Of course we have our tactics. We will start the match very motivated and very eager to get a good result. It’s a wonderful experience for my team and anything can happen in football. My players are not afraid. They have respect but they are not coming as a tourist here.”
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