Match preview: Caltex Socceroos v Nepal

The Caltex Socceroos’ journey to Qatar comes to Canberra on Thursday night (AEDT) as Graham Arnold’s men go up against Nepal.

After a great result in Kuwait last month, the Caltex Socceroos are now on home soil at GIO Stadium for the first time on the road to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

It’s a new frontier for the green and gold, having never come up against Nepal – ranked 161st in the world – in a senior international before.

With a big home crowd behind them, the Caltex Socceroos will be hungry to maintain their perfect start to the current phase of AFC qualifying.


What they said

Caltex Socceroos Head Coach Graham Arnold:

“Our group did very well in their first qualifier away from home, so I am pleased to be able maintain significant consistency within the squad as we seek to build upon our strong start to qualifying for Qatar.

“Many of the players in our squad for this window have impressed with their clubs since our win in Kuwait, so we are confident that they will arrive ready to put on great performances both home and away.”

The Caltex Socceroos face Kuwait on Wednesday morning
The Caltex Socceroos take on Nepal on home soil at Canberra's GIO Stadium on Thursday night


Australia's last five matches: WLLWW

Nepal’s last five matches: WLDLD

World ranking

Australia: 44

Nepal: 161

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How to watch 

The Caltex Socceroos play their first game on home soil in the current phase of qualifying on the road to Qatar. And you can watch the clash with Nepal on FOX Sports, ABC and Kayo Sports. 

Kick off takes place at 8:00pm AEDT.

You can also keep up to date with all the goals and action in our LIVE MATCH CENTRE on

Also follow the Caltex Socceroos on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for inside access and behind-the-scenes coverage of our clash with Nepal.

Graham Arnold
Graham Arnold's squad are looking to make it two wins from two on the road to Qatar

Date: Thursday, 10 October 2019
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra
Kick-off: 8:00pm (AEDT)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on FOX SPORTS, ABC TV, Kayo Sports.

Watch Australia v Nepal from 8pm AEDT on Thursday 10 October live on FOX SPORTS, Kayo Sports, and via the My Football Live App, Live, Fast and Data Free for Telstra mobile customers.