We speculate on who might get the nod to start against Oman in Muscat.
The Qantas Socceroos are set to take their next step on the road to Brazil when they face Oman in the fourth round FIFA World Cup Qualifier in Muscat on Friday night.
Last week-s friendly against Denmark gave head coach Holger Osieck plenty of pointers about his squad and what they need to work on, as Australia aim to kick off the next stage of their campaign with a win.
We obviously won-t know Osieck-s official selection until matchday but that doesn-t stop us from indulging in some speculation and armchair coaching - so, taking what we saw in Copenhagen last week, who would you pick for your starting XI to face Oman?
Starting from the back, in the usual 4-3-3 (and assuming Mark Schwarzer will be available for selection) who should make up the defence?
Luke Wilkshire and Matthew Spiranovic arguably looked a little out of touch against Denmark - should they be given another go with the aim of consistency, or should others get a look in?
Perhaps David Carney, who-s been enjoying a return to form and first-team football in Uzbekistan, would make a valuable asset at left back.
Sasa Ognenovski could also be due a return alongside captain Lucas Neill -but would that pairing-s lack of pace expose Australia?
Did Jade North convince at right-back, or is it time to give Rhys Williams a starting role as fullback and inject a bit of pace on the flanks?
Into the midfield, and we-ll say that Mark Bresciano-s class and vision in the centre of the park is becoming increasingly important to the Socceroos, and as such he should be a certain starter.
The biger question remains should Mile Jedinak retain his holding role, or should Carl Valeri, who met up with his teammates this week, be given that responsibility?
In the third midfield spot, we-ll argue that Matt McKay-s work rate and adherence to structure should give him another cap.
For the attacking trio, Harry Kewell certainly did enough to convince us against Denmark - but who should join him? Tim Cahill waits in the wings after being rested in Copenhagen, while Brett Holman remains unavailable due to the birth of his first child.
Josh Kennedy has joined his Socceroos teammates after completing his club commitments and should surely get the nod as Osieck-s first-choice No.9.
Did Alex Brosque and Archie Thompson do enough for you against the Danes, or should Nikita Rukavytsya perhaps come off the bench as the sweltering conditions take effect?
Potential Qantas Socceroos side: Schwarzer, Williams, Spiranovic, Neill, Carney, Valeri, Bresciano, McKay, Kewell ,Cahill, Kennedy.
The match against Oman will be live with a pre-show that will feature the Japan versus Jordan game on Fox Sports from 8:20pm on Friday night.
The views in this article are purely those of the author, and do not reflect those of FFA or the Qantas Socceroos.
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