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.

Mat Ryan


Right CB: Bailey Wright

The Bristol City captain was calm and composed on his return from injury in San Pedro Sula.

Bailey Wright


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.

Trent Sainsbury


Left CB: Matt Jurman

Has immediately looked at home in international football and adds handy balance as a natural left-footer.

Matt Jurman


Defensive midfielder: Mark Milligan

Fresh after sitting out the first leg through suspension, he may be called on to relieve Mile Jedinak.

Mark Milligan


Left wing-back: Aziz Behich

Appears to have made the position his own through defensive discipline and incredible energy reserves going forward.

Aziz Behich proved a handful for the Honduran defence.


Right wing-back: Mat Leckie

Having shaken off a groin injury, the Hertha Berlin flyer would inject great drive on the right flank.

Mathew Leckie training


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.

Nikita Rukavytsya


Second striker: James Troisi

Proved he loves a big occasion at Stadium Australia with his winning goal in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup Final.

James Troisi


Striker: Tomi Juric

Showed he can cause Honduras serious problems and will be eager to atone for his miss in the first leg.

Tomi Juric