Predicted starting XI for Caltex Socceroos v Honduras
Which players will Ange Postecoglou turn to for Wednesday night’s winner takes all World Cup qualifier?
With recovery techniques giving the players an edge - particularly those who played a full game in San Pedro Sula - we look at the men who could walk out of the tunnel at Stadium Australia for the biggest World Cup qualifier in years.
Goalkeeper: Mat Ryan
Untroubled in the first leg and is at the top of his game with Premier League club Brighton.
Right CB: Bailey Wright
The Bristol City captain was calm and composed on his return from injury in San Pedro Sula.
Centre-back: Trent Sainsbury
The squad’s most capped defender was outstanding yet again on Saturday, setting the tone with an important and crucial early tackle.
Left CB: Matt Jurman
Has immediately looked at home in international football and adds handy balance as a natural left-footer.
Defensive midfielder: Mark Milligan
Fresh after sitting out the first leg through suspension, he may be called on to relieve Mile Jedinak.
Left wing-back: Aziz Behich
Appears to have made the position his own through defensive discipline and incredible energy reserves going forward.
Right wing-back: Mat Leckie
Having shaken off a groin injury, the Hertha Berlin flyer would inject great drive on the right flank.
Central midfield: Aaron Mooy
Australia will look to their conductor to poke holes in the opposition from pockets of midfield space.
Second striker: Nikita Rukavytsya
With his raw pace, he could be unleashed as another goal-scoring option on a night when they will matter most.
Second striker: James Troisi
Proved he loves a big occasion at Stadium Australia with his winning goal in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup Final.
Striker: Tomi Juric
Showed he can cause Honduras serious problems and will be eager to atone for his miss in the first leg.
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