AUSTRALIA is looking to secure one of the two remaining spots at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
And to do that, they need to win two playoff games in the Middle Eastern country – starting with their game against the United Arab Emirates.
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Tom Rogic was ruled out of that game in a bitter blow to the Aussies.
That means former Huddersfield star Aaron Mooy is likely to start alongside Blackpool’s Kenny Dougall in midfield.
Up front, Graham Arnold will have to decide whether to stay with Melbourne Victory’s Nicholas D’Agostino or start with Melbourne City’s Jamie MacLaren.
UAE coach Rodolfo Arruabarrena has no such dilemma and will almost certainly put national record goalscorer Ali Mabhkout ahead.
Eisa Khalid recently ousted Ali Khasif in goal with 69 caps and is expected to remain so for the play-offs.
The eventual winner of this game will go to the actual World Cup.
Australia could have fought for a spot there but failed to win games where it really mattered in their AFC qualifying group.
They lost 2-0 to Japan and 1-0 to Saudi Arabia, both of whom advanced straight away for occupying the top two spots.
Whoever wins today’s game will face Peru in the Inter-Confederation Play-off.
Both the UAE and Australia finished third in their qualifying groups to reach this stage.
A spot for the 2022 World Cup is at stake tonight.
The last time these two sides met UAE, they emerged 1-0 victors.
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