Match Preview: Socceroos v Jordan

With first place in Group B and a ticket to the third round of FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying already confirmed, the Socceroos will look to finish the second round with a perfect record against Jordan on Wednesday morning at 2am (AEST).

 Australia, who secured top spot in Group B last time out after defeating Nepal 3-0, have the opportunity to secure an eighth win from eight games.

However, the Socceroos take on a Jordan side who will be looking to book their own place in the next stage of qualification.

Defeat for Jordan opens the door for Kuwait to try to steal second spot from their grasp and Graham Arnold will not want his side to take their foot off the gas.

The Socceroos have a perfect record after picking up seven wins from seven group games while Jordan occupies second in Group B after winning their last three matches.

Jordan and Australia last met on November 15, 2019 when the Socceroos ground out a hard-fought 1-0 win courtesy of an Adam Taggart goal.

Over the past decade, the results are split right down the middle with both sides having picked up three wins each from their six meetings.

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World Ranking

Australia: 41

Jordan: 95

What they said

Socceroos Head Coach Graham Arnold

"There's only one player now that we haven't used and that's Adam Taggart because of a small groin niggle.

“I'll put out the best side that we have and I expect to win with another great performance. 

"We are here to show everybody how much we're committed to the Australian flag and to Australia as a nation.

"We'll treat this as a final against Jordan, we want to eight in a row, we expect to win eight in a row."

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Mathew Leckie

“We came here to try and win the four games and so far so good, we’re three from four.

“We definitely want to go into the last game and look for the ‘W’ as well.

“Just because we are qualified now, it is a good achievement and that’s what we wanted, but we want more as well.

“So we will definitely prepare ourselves well for the final game against Jordan, I am sure Arnie will put out a very strong side, and we want to go home with all four wins and continue our unbeaten record.”

Leckie
Mathew Leckie has worn the captain's armband and scored early goals in both of his Socceroos starts this month

 

Martin Boyle

“We came here to get four wins and we have three at the moment so we will put this one in the back of our memory, and be back on the training pitch to prepare for Jordan.”

Socceroos’ June Schedule

Australia 3-0 Kuwait

Highlights: Socceroos v Kuwait

Australia 5-1 Chinese Taipei

MINI MATCH: Socceroos v Chinese Taipei

Nepal 0-3 Australia

Australia v Jordan

Tuesday, 15 June 2021 (16 June AEST)
Venue: Jaber Al-Hamad International Stadium
Kick-off: 7.00pm local, 2.00am AEST (Wednesday morning)
Watch on Fox Sports, Kayo Sports, ABC TV, and My Football Live App.