The Socceroos vs Oman Live return to action on Friday morning at 5:30 am (AEDT) as they face Oman in their third match of the third round of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifying.
The match, which was originally scheduled to be played in Australia, takes place at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha – the same venue that Australia defeated China PR 3-0 at on matchday one.
Up for grabs is the chance to become the first nation ever to register 11-straight wins in a single qualifying campaign and the opportunity for Australia to extend their lead at the top of Group B.
The Socceroos have six points in the group after defeating China and Vietnam – a further three points will hold the side in good stead before a trip to Japan five days later.
While the Green and Gold will be looking to make history and continue their strong start to the final phase of FIFA World Cup qualifying, Australia will face their biggest test in some time against Oman.
Despite being ranked 78th in the world, Branko Ivanković’s side showed exactly what they were made of in matchday one by beating Japan 1-0 in Osaka.
In their most recent World Cup qualifier, Oman was narrowly defeated 1-0 by Saudi Arabia. The Reds were extremely unlucky to be defeated as they defended resolutely and restricted Saudi Arabia to only one shot on target.
Oman also squeezed in a friendly at the end of September with a 7-2 win over Nepal to ensure they are ready to fire at both ends of the pitch.
Oman will also be looking to improve their head-to-head record against Australia. The Socceroos have won five of the previous nine meetings while Oman has won once and three draws have been played out.
With Australia selecting a similar squad to their last camp, the Socceroos will be eager to build on their momentum and move one step closer to a fifth-straight FIFA World Cup Finals appearance.
Australia has gone four games without conceding and a tight tussle is expected as both teams have plenty to play for.
Elsewhere in Group B, China hosts Vietnam while Saudi Arabia plays Japan, who Australia plays on Tuesday night (AEDT).
How to watch Socceroos vs Oman Live
Yet again October’s match will be broadcast live and free via Network Ten and 10 Play.
Friday morning’s match against Oman will be shown on Channel 10, while fans can watch Tuesday’s prime-time meeting with Japan on 10 Bold.
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What they said
Socceroos vs Oman Live head coach Graham Arnold
“It’s one game at a time and our focus at the moment with the boys coming to camp is all about the game here in Qatar.
“We’re playing in an air-conditioned stadium on a great surface so it’s about getting those three points and it’s one game at a time.
“We don’t look too far ahead. Yes, it’s been a great start but I expect that to continue.”
Oman head coach Branko Ivanković
“Our group is so, so tough. As you know in this group there’s Japan, Socceroos vs Oman Live , and Saudi Arabia, teams which normally participate in the World Cup in the last 20 years.
“We have a young group of players who are motivated and well-prepared before our matches.
“The confidence they have shown in their previous two games did not come from nowhere, after all. We will work to prepare them well.”
Courtesy of Opta
- Australia has lost only one of their nine previous men’s internationals against Oman (W5, D3), and has won their last two on the bounce against them by a combined score of 9-0.
- Australia has won their last 11 consecutive men’s World Cup Qualifiers, outscoring their opponents 35-3 in that span; their last defeat in a Socceroos vs Oman Live World Cup Qualifier came in August 2017 against Japan (2-0).
- Australia has made more passes per sequence (4.8) and has a longer average passing sequence time (13 seconds) than any other team in the men’s Asian World Cup Qualifiers since the beginning of September 2021.
- Martin Boyle (Australia) has scored two goals and made two assists in Asian World Cup Qualifiers since the beginning of June 2021; he is one of just four players – and the only player from either Australia or Oman – to have logged multiple goals and multiple assists in the men’s tournament in that time.
- Tom Rogic (Australia) is set to play his 50th men’s international after making his senior international debut in November 2012; Australia has won six of their seven games in which Rogic has scored a goal on the day (L1).
Socceroos’ October Schedule
Matchday 3: Socceroos vs Oman Live
Date: Thursday, 7 October 2021
Venue: Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar
Kick-off: 9.30pm local (5.30am AEDT – Friday, 8 October 2021)
Broadcast: Live and free in Australia on 10 and 10 Play – pre-game coverage from 5am AEDT
Matchday 4: Japan v Australia
Date: Tuesday, 12 October 2021
Venue: Saitama Stadium, Saitama, Japan
Kick-off: 7.14pm local (9.14pm AEDT)
Broadcast: Live and free in Australia on 10 Bold and 10 Play – pre-game coverage from 8.30pm AEDT