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Guide to Socceroos-Palestine in Asian Cup

Graham Arnold's Socceroos aim to bounce back from defeat to Jordan in the Asian Cup with a Group B fixture against Jordan in Dubai.

Guide to Socceroos-Palestine in Asian Cup

Graham Arnold's Socceroos aim to bounce back from defeat to Jordan in the Asian Cup with a Group B fixture against Jordan in Dubai.

GRAHAM ARNOLD speaks to the media during a press conference announcing the succession plan for long term appointment of head Socceroos coach, at FFA Headquarters in Sydney, Australia.
GRAHAM ARNOLD speaks to the media during a press conference announcing the succession plan for long term appointment of head Socceroos coach, at FFA Headquarters in Sydney, Australia. Picture:Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

GUIDE TO SOCCEROOS v PALESTINE ASIAN CUP GROUP CLASH:

Rashid Stadium, Dubai


January 11 - 3:00pm kickoff (2200AEDT)

AUSTRALIA:

* Coach: Graham Arnold

* Rank: 41

PALESTINE:

* Coach: Noureddine Ould Ali

* Rank: 99

HEAD TO HEAD:

No previous encounters

THE LOWDOWN:

Australia suffered the shock result of the tournament so far when the defending champions were beaten 1-0 last Sunday by a spirited Jordan team in Al Ain. They face a Palestine team, buoyed by a battling 0-0 draw against Syria in their opener. Graham Arnold expects a response and knows his team have little margin for error if they're to avoid an embarrassing group-stage exit.

THE TEAM:

A first-half groin injury in the Jordan defeat means Josh Risdon is out and replaced by Rhyan Grant at right back. Tom Rogic will start despite breaking a bone in his left hand against Jordan, while Andrew Nabbout is unlikely to return from the groin strain which had ruled him out of the Jordan match, with Jamie Maclaren likely to stay up front. Robbie Kruse faces a battle to retain his spot from Chris Ikonomidis who had impressed off the bench in Sunday's game.

THE OPPONENT:

Palestine claimed their first tournament point against Syria in their second Asian Cup. A team who often struggle to bring their players together for training or matches due to travel restrictions within Israel for Palestinians, the one thing the Knights don't lack is team spirit. As well as Palestine-based players, the team boast Chileans, a Swede, an American and a Slovenian - all drawn from the worldwide Palestinian diaspora. Defender Mohamed Saleh is suspended after his red card against Syria, while Chilean-born Yashir Islame is the team's main attacking outlet with seven goals in 13 appearances.

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