monday info

28.4. Angers – Caen 1-2  

Angers in problems, two players under suspension, 6 definitly injured and tree more doubtful

Yohan Eudeline (mf 9/1), Djibril Konate (df 26/1), Diego Gomez (mf 9/0), Ibrahima Diallo (df 0), Pape Macou Sarr (att 1/0), Ismael Keita (mf 31/0), Mohamed Slim Ben Othman (mf 3/1), Khaled Ayari (att 32/9). Doubtful Ludovic Gamboa (mf 25/3), Gregory Malicki (gk 30/0), Charles Diers (mf 18/1)

Caen without Felipe Saad (df 15/0). Jose Saez (mf 10/2) is probably back

28.4. Sassuolo – Juventus 1-3  

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Sassuolo has suspended topscorer Domenico Berardi (att 26/13 – Juventus loaned) and two more players, Davide Biondini (mf 24/1) and Simone Missiroli (mf 12/0). Also injured are Francesco Acerbi (df 13/0), Marius Alexe (att 6/0) and Paolo Bianco (df 16/0). Doubtful are Luca Marrone (mf 15/0), Thomas Manfredini (df 3/0), Matteo Brighi (mf 5/0) and Nicola Sansone (att 8/3)

Juventus news after Euro game

 Denmark – Bulgaria 

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 Turkey – Hungary 

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 Serbia – Scotland 

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 France – Spain 

France go into this crunch tie looking to open up a five-point gap at the Group I summit, which would see them all but secure the first place in the standings.

Spain, on the other hand, hope to make amends for the 1-1 draw against Finland and return to the top of the group by winning at Stade de France.

Didier Deschamps was always going to have a difficult task having taken over the reigns after yet another disappointing showing at the tournament finals.

Les Bleus, nonetheless, started the 2014 World Cup qualifiers strongly, defeating Finland and Belarus, before holding Euro 2012 champions Spain to a 1-1 draw in Madrid.

France have since recorded a comfortable win over Georgia, which saw them create a two-point advantage at the top given that Spain slipped up against Finland.

The hosts now have a great chance to make a giant step towards the tournament finals..Didier Deschamps is set to revert to 4-3-3 formation for the Spain match, which could see Olivier Giroud make way for Yohan Cabaye.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Lloris – Jallet, Varane, Sakho, Clichy – Cabaye, Matuidi, Pogba – Valbuena, Benzema, Ribery.

Spain remain the team to beat after winning the last three major tournaments, but La Furia Roja have experienced some unexpected problems in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. It all started from that match against France, when Vicente del Bosque’s side largely dominated the game and looked to be cruising to victory, that is until Olivier Giroud scored a late, late goal to earn one point for les Bleus.

Same thing happened on Friday against Finland, as La Furia Roja couldn’t hold on to a one-goal lead, but it is too early to be talking about a dip in form or something like that. Spain did make some mistakes in the two matches, but that is likely to make the players even more determined to make things right in Paris. David Villa looks set to start up front as Vicente del Bosque plans some changes to the starting line-up..

Jordi Alba and David Silva miss out through injury and suspension, but Xabi Alonso, Xavi Hernandez and Pedro return to the starting line-up.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Valdes – Arbeloa, Ramos, Pique, Monreal – Xavi, Busquets, Xabi Alonso – Pedro, Villa, Iniesta.

 Wales – Croatia 

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 Netherlands – Turkey Preview  

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Netherlands do not have too many injury worries ahead of Friday’s game, but will still be without a number of regulars.

Louis van Gaal already dropped Mark van Bommel and Khalid Boulahrouz after Euro 2012, and has now opted to leave out Gregory van der Wiel, Nigel de Jong, Rafael van der Vaart and Ibrahim Afellay as well as he feels they lack match practice and have been too busy with transfers in the past few weeks.

Therefore, Ajax youngster Ricardo van Rhijn is expected to start at right-back, while Twente star Leroy Fer is likely to take De Jong’s place in midfield.

Robin van Persie will probably have to settle for a spot on the bench once more as Van Gaal prefers Schalke hitman Klaas-Jan Huntelaar as his No.9.Turkey boss Abdullah Avci will have to make do without the services of first-choice goalkeeper Volkan Demirel due to injury, while back-up shot stopper Sinan Bolat is being plagued by physical problems as well.

Utility man Sabri Sarioglu is unavailable, too, and Besiktas striker Mustafa Pektemek recently sustained a serious knee injury that will keep him out of action for a while.

Galatasaray midfielder Selcuk Inan will be hoping to get the chance to prove his worth against the Dutch, but it seems as if the 27-year-old might miss out on a starting berth.

Slovenia – Switzerland  dnb 2 @ 1,83

Switzerland impresed me in last game with Croatia (tre, there is also guilty on other side, speciall new coach Stimac but..) and they have very good, young and perspective squad. Players like Shaqiri and Xaka are future and there are also Dzemaili, Behrami, barnetta..Quality side..on the other side i dont belive in Slovenia team

With first choice keeper Samir Handanovic the only notable missing, Slovenia go into this game in great spirits

Experienced keeper Jasmin Handanovic is likely to replace his cousin in goal, while Zlatan Dedic and Tim Matavz are expected to form the attacking partnership.

Probable starting line-up (4-4-2): J. Handanovic – Brecko, Suler, Cesar, Jokic – Kirm, Vrsic, Radosavljevic, Birsa – Dedic, Matavz.

The Swiss are an up and coming side with tremendous amount of potential and attacking prowess, as witnessed by the 5-3 victory over Germany and 4-2 triumph over Croatia.

Ottmar Hitzfeld has done well to get rid of senior strikers Alexander Frei and Streller, who were doing the team more harm than good, with Mario Gavranovic and Eren Derdiyok now given a chance to impress.

With the likes of Behrami, Inler, Dzemaili and Shaqiri in the centre of the park and some very experienced players at the back, the Swiss look a good bet

The visitors arrive to Slovenia at full strength and they are expected to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Benaglio – Lichtsteiner, Von Bergen, Djourou, Rodriguez – Inler, Xhaka – Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Barnetta – Derdiyok.

Wales – Belgium  2 @ 2,0

First 11 Belgium squad is 3rd most expencive squad on world (just Brazil and Portugal more expencive)

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) and Axel Witsel (Zenit SP) are buyed for 40 mil euros each, Tottenham give 15 mil e foe Moussa Dembele from Fulham and 10 mil e for Jan Vertioghen..Vincent Kompany (35 mil e)  is Manchester City captein just like Thomas Vermaelen (18,5 mil e)  in Arsenal..

The news has come through that for Belgium Lukaku is injured, so new Villa signing Christian Benteke leads against Wales tomorrow for Belgium.

WALES manager Chris Coleman has been hit by a triple injury blow ahead of the start of their World Cup qualifying campaign against Belgium on Friday.

As well as the Swansea City left-back, Coleman will also be without striker Craig Bellamy, who has withdrawn from the squad due to a calf injury.

And Brighton midfielder Andrew Crofts will also miss out after picking up an ankle injury.

Bellamy’s Cardiff team- mate Rob Earnshaw is the only person to have been called into the squad as cover.

Coleman has already been hit hard by injury problems with Celtic’s Joe Ledley (groin), Sunderland’s David Vaughan (groin), Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey (knee) and West Ham’s Jack Collison (knee) all absent from his initial 23-man selection.

Uncapped Crystal Palace midfielder Jonathan Williams was included in the squad, as was Leicester’s Andy King.

Wales’ squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers:

Goalkeepers: Jason Brown (Aberdeen), Boaz Myhill (West Bromwich Albion), Lewis Price (Crystal Palace).
Defenders: Darcy Blake (Crystal Palace), James Collins (West Ham United), Chris Gunter (Reading), Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town), Adam Matthews (Celtic), Sam Ricketts (Bolton Wanderers), Ashley Williams (Swansea City), Ben Davies (Swansea).
Midfielders: Joe Allen (Liverpool), David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Andy King (Leicester City), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal, capt), Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace).
Forwards: Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Simon Church (Reading), Steve Morison (Norwich City), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), Sam Vokes (Burnley), Robert Earnshaw (Cardiff City).

Belgium probably line up

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Colombia – Uruguay  1 @ 2,3

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The airline carrying the luggage of choice ‘Uruguayan’ suffered a drawback and could not arrive in time for the match against Colombia in the sky. In this situation, Oscar Tabarez’s team would have to use the alternative uniform Junior de Barranquilla. 

Moldova – England

Johnson adds to Hodgson´s injury woes

Left-back Ashley Cole has joined the growing list of absentees for England’s first World Cup qualifier in Moldova on Friday.

Johnson and Cole joins Wayne Rooney, Andy Carroll, Ashley Young, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jack Wilshere in missing the start of England’s World Cup qualification campaign.

The injuries will give some of the lesser known players in the squad the chance to shine, with Leighton Baines, Jermain Defoe and Danny Welbeck all likely to feature.

Also need to mention that striker Defoe had two family tragedy this year (father and cousain) and his mentas state is questionable

MOLDOVA

Namasco
Bulgaru, Racu, Epureanu, Armas
Gatcan, Patras
Covalciuc, Onica, Doros
Picusciac
ENGLAND
 
Hart
Walker, Cahill, Terry, Baines

Lampard, Carrick
Milner, Gerrard, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Welbeck

 

Russia – Northern Ireland

In team news, O’Neill will have to do without defender Shane Ferguson (groin) and striker Martin Paterson (hamstring), while Celtic midfielder Paddy McCourt is set to miss both this weekend’s match and next Tuesday’s clash against Luxembourg with a groin strain.

Meanwhile, new Russia boss Fabio Capello, who took over from Dick Advocaat in July, has named several changes in his squad, with Lokomotiv Moscow striker Roman Pavlyuchenko and Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin both left out.

Reading hitman Pavel Pogrebnyak has also been overlooked, while Yuri Zhirkov and Sergei Semak both miss out through injury.

Also need to mention there are big fights in country between catholics and protestants

Bulgaria – Italy

As for Bulgaria, Dimitar Berbatov has decided against coming out of international retirement for his country’s qualifying campaign, meaning national team boss Lubo Penev must decide between Ivelin Popov and Iliyan Mitsanski, who netted the only goal of the game in last month’s friendly win over Cyprus, for the lone striking role.

BULGARIA

Mihaylov
Manolev, Bodurov, Ivanov, V. Minev
Tonev, Milanov, Gadzhev, Sarmov
Gargorov
Popov
ITALY
 
Buffon
Bonucci, Barzagli, Ogbonna
Pirlo
Maggio, De Rossi, Marchisio, Giaccherini
Giovinco, Osvaldo

Finland – France

Didier Deschamps has a lengthy injury list to contend with ahead of his first competitive game in charge of his country, with the likes of Mathieu Debuchy and Bacary Sagna yet to maintain full fitness in the 2012-13 season.

The former Marseille boss confirmed on Thursday that Olivier Giroud will not play any part in Friday’s encouter, with the possibility deemed too risky by the 43-year-old. Instead, France are likely to revert to a 4-3-3 with Karim Benzema flanked by Jeremy Menez and Franck Ribery.

Deschamps also revealed that his centre-back pairing would be Mamadou Sakho and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, with Laurent Koscielny still yet to start a game since the Euro 2012 exit to Spain in June.

FINLAND
 Finland
Hradecky
Toivio, Pasanen, Moisander, Arkivou

Ring, R Eremenko, Sparv, 
A Eremenko
Pukki, Kuqi
FRANCE
France
Lloris
Reveilliere, Sakho, Yanga-Mbiwa, Evra
Diaby, Cabaye, Mavuba,
Menez, Benzema, Ribery

Germany – Faroe Islands

Joachim Low will be able to welcome back several familiar faces after naming a much-changed side for their recent friendly loss to Argentina. Philipp Lahm returns, but will play at right-back as opposed to left-back, with Marcel Schmelzer keeping his place on the left-hand side of defence and Jerome Boateng dropping to the bench.

Manuel Neuer will certainly come in for Ron-Robert Zieler in goal, while Lukas Podolski is likely to reclaim his spot on the left wing, but another returning player, Per Mertesacker, will find his path to a centre-back berth blocked by Holger Badstuber and Mats Hummels, whose partnership continues to blossom.

However, there is no return for the unfit Bastian Schweinsteiger, leaving Toni Kroos to continue alongside Sami Khedira in the deep-lying midfield positions, while Miroslav Klose will retain his place up front in light of Mario Gomez’s ankle injury.

Faroe Islands, meanwhile, are expected to make a couple of changes to the side that lost 2-0 to Nordic rivals Iceland in a friendly in August..

GERMANY

Neuer
Lahm, Hummels, Badstuber, Schmelzer
Khedira, Kroos
Muller, Ozil, Podolski
Klose
FAROE ISLANDS

Nielsen
Naes, Baldvinsson, Faero, Jacobsen
Benjaminsen, Hansson
Elttor, Holst, Udsen
Edmundsson

Luxembourg – Portugal

Read Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo (thigh) and Pepe (ankle) should both return to the Portugal side despite missing training with slight injuries.

  Joubert
Hoffman, Blaise, Schnell,
Bettmer, Peters, Leweck, Gerson, Payal, Mutsch,Joachim

 Rui Patricio
Pereira, Coelho, Pepe, Coentrao

Moutinho, Meireles, Veloso
Ronaldo, Oliveira, Nani

Kazakhstan – Republic of Ireland

Berenek will be without the experienced midfielder Andrei Karpovich, while the Russia-based Aleksei Popov and Kazbek Geteriev are unavailable.

Ireland are without the familiar faces of Shay Given and Damien Duff, who have both taken the decision to retire from international football, while Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne is injured for the fixture.Giovanni Trapattoni hinted earlier this week that Stoke City striker Jonathan Walters would partner Robbie Keane in attack, while Simon Cox is set to start at left wing instead of Sunderland winger James McClean, who is suffering from a sore throat.
KAZAKHSTAN

Sidelnikov
Kirov, Rozhov, Mukhtarov, Schmidtgal
Ost’enko, Nurd’ov, Kony’ev, Kukeev, Engel
Gridin
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Westwood
O’Shea, St Ledger, O’Dea, Ward
McGeady, Whelan, McCarthy, Cox
Walters, Keane

Scotland – Serbia
Scotland manager Craig Levein has been hit by several injury problems in the build-up to their opening group match against Serbia at Hampden Park.

Phil Bardsley and Steven Whittaker (both ankle) were already unavailable after knocks ruled them out of the start of the Premier League season. Scott Brown (hip) and Darren Fletcher (bowel) were not considered for selection.

Southampton defender Danny Fox (groin) and Norwich defender Russell Martin (ankle) are also both out, and have been replaced in the squad by Huddersfield Town’s Paul Dixon and MK Dons defender Gary MacKenzie. Rangers defender Lee Wallace may have been called into the squad ahead of Dixon however he is unavailable (hamstring).

The Tartan Army will also been sweating over the fitness of goalkeeper Allan McGregor (groin) who should be fit to play whilst full-back Charlie Mulgrew is also doubtful (Achilles).

Central defender Christophe Berra has joined up with squad late following the birth of his daughter, and is in line for a start alongside Gary Caldwell.

One man who is not available is £12 million Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher who has withdrawn himself from selection for Scotland.

The Serbs will be without arguably their best known player, Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic, after his retirement from international duty last year.

Adem Ljajic, who once was on the books at Old Trafford has not been selected after not singing the national anthem in a previous game.

SCOTLAND

McGregor
Hutton, Berra, Caldwell, Mulgrew 
Maloney, Morrison, Webster, Adam, Snodgrass
,
Miller
SERBIA

Stojkovic
Ivanovic, Subotic, Nastasic, Kolorov
Mijailovic, Ninkovic, Petrovic, Matic, Tosic,
Lekic

Spain vs Saudi Arabia


Casillas
Arbeloa, Ramos, Pique, Alba
Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Busquets
Pedro, Torres, Iniesta


SAUDI ARABIA


Abdullah
Al-Zori, Hawsawi, Al-Mousa, Al-Sharani
Al-Fraidi, Al-Jassim, Ali-Kariri, Al-Shalhoub

Al-Qahtani, Al-Shamrani

 

Argentina vs Paraguay

he only doubt for Alejandro Sabella going in to Friday’s World Cup qualifier was the system he would play, with the 11 men set to be the same whether the coach opted for a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3. The ex-Estudiantes man will put faith in the attacking trident that has been used to such devastating effect in his reign, with Ezequiel Lavezzi entering for the suspended Sergio Aguero alongside Messi and Higuain. Javier Mascherano’s suspension also opens the door for Estudiantes’ Rodrigo Brana to start.

ARGENTINA

Romero
Zabaleta, Garay, Fernandez, Rojo
Gago, Brana, Di Maria
Messi, Higuain, Lavezzi
PARAGUAY

Villar
Veron, Alcaraz, Da Silva, Ortiz 
Riveros, Oviedo, Caceres, Estigarribia
Fabbro, Santa Cruz

In his first competitive match for Paraguay since taking over from sacked predecessor Francisco Arce, Gerardo Pelusso has gone for a team that will defend in numbers at the back, his 4-4-2 system designed to frustrate the Albiceleste’s dangermen. The big news for the Guarani is a first competitive start for Argentina-born forward Jonny Fabbro, who became eligible for the nation in 2012 after completing the necessary five years of residency in Paraguay.

Ecuador  v  Bolivia

Usually this would be hendicep for away side when coming in Quito (Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa on 2800 meters) but Bolivians will not have problems with it (la Paz is on 3600, Potosi on 3934,  oruro on 3700..)..but Bolivia will miss some players (cardozo, Campos, Escobar..)

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FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking

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Brazil vs South Africa Preview

Estádio Cícero Pompeu de Toledo, Sao Paulo

The ex-host of FIFA World Cup and upcoming host will be taking each other in international friendly match. Five times world champions will be looking for a easy victory against Africans outfit.

Brazil Football

Most of the players in Brazil’s squad will be the players from Olympic while Africans might continue their squad which gain them a victory against European Giant France. Steven Pienaar didn’t make Africans squad as he is injured.

Probable Lineups

Brazil: Diego Alves; Dani Alves, David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Marcelo; Sandro, Oscar, Romulo, Lucas Moura; Neymar, Damiao

Formation: 4-4-2

South Africa: Itumeleng Khune; Punch Masenamela, Bongani Khumalo, Kgosietsile Ntlhe, Anele Ngcongca; Siphiwe Tshabalala, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Thulani Serero, Thabo Matlaba; Thamsanqa Gabuza, Bernard Parker

Formation: 4-4-2

friendly international

Japan – United Arab Emirates

Japan -1,5ah @ 1,8

Friendly international between 23th team japan and 120th team.

Japan was on olympics but this is much better team (as you know on olympics are youngsters u23 + 3 senior). Now they have main players awailable like Shinji Kagawa fro Man Utd, Shinji Okazaki fro Stuttgart, Yuto Nagatomo fro Inter, captein hasebe, Yasuhito Endō, Keisuke Honda..It’s good, strong and perspective squad. Alberto Zaccheroni is coach, football there is much more quality than before, they are investing a lot and they can be just better and better..

UAE team was also on Olympics but didnt won there. This team is not the same but also have some missings:
the UAE football ace Ismail Matar (att 89/27, main National Team player) will miss out due to injury which has been sustained during the recent 2012 London Games. The brilliant striker has left for Munich, Germany to carry out some medical tests and treatment.
Al Ain duo Ali Al Weihibi (mf 46/4) and Ismail Ahmed (was good in club, should debut but injury stooped him) will also skip the match. Both players are recovering from different injuries according to the medical report which has been prepared by the team’s doctor Jalal Al Ghali who have examined them. Al Ahli’s defender Saad Suroor (df 7/0) was also removed from the shortlist for the same reason. Al Ain’s defender Fares Jumaa (df 21/1) who was called to reunite with the squad didn’t report due to health setback. Therefore, the UAE head coach will rely on the current players in his first test with the senior national team against Japan.

Squad:
Abdul Aziz Haikal, Abdul Aziz Sanqoor, Ismail Al Hammadi, Ahmed Khalil(Al Ahli), Yousuf Jaber, Mohammed Fawzi, Amer Abdul Rahman (Bani Yas), Ali Khusaif, Khaled Essa, Khamis Ismail, Ali Mabkhout (Al Jazira), Waleed Abbas (AlShabab), Mohammed Ahmed, Dawood Sulieman, Ismail Ahmed, Omer Abdul Rahman, AliAl Weihibi (Al Ain), Habib Fardan (Al Nasr), Hamdan Al Kamali, Saeed Al Kathiri (Al Wahda), Rashid Essa and Ahmed Mahmoud (Al Wasl)

Also they will not have some players like before:: Mohamed Al-Shehhi (att 57/12), Bashir Saeed (df 57/5)

This is ‘just friendly game’ for UAE, they are preparing for the 21st Gulf Cup scheduled in Manama, Bahrain during the month of January while Japan has important WC Qualification games (where they started very good).

Preview: Lebanon v Australia

Holger Osieck will be looking for a better performance when the Qantas Socceroos take on Lebanon to justify his decision to stick with Australia’s veteran players.

After Australia slumped to a 3-1 defeat to Scotland in August, Osieck forecast plenty of changes for the friendly in Lebanon and the Qantas Socceroos’ upcoming World Cup qualifier away to Jordan.

But the 64-year-old German has seemingly mellowed in the weeks following that loss to Scotland and when he announced his squad last week, there were very few fresh faces.

Mark Schwarzer is set to play his 100th match for the Qantas Socceroos when Australia takes on Lebanon on Thursday (Friday morning AEST) and the 39-year-old goalkeeper will most likely be joined in the starting line-up by fellow veterans Lucas Neill, Tim Cahill, Mark Bresciano and Luke Wilkshire.

The Qantas Socceroos head into their friendly match with Lebanon without a victory in four games, their worst record since 2000.

There has been plenty of criticism thrown Osieck’s way for not bringing through the next generation of Qantas Socceroos, something that Football Federation of Australia named as part of his job description when he was named as head coach in August 2010.

Although Osieck has regularly selected the likes of Robbie Kruse, Matthew Spiranovic and Mitchell Langerak in his squads, there has been limited game time for the younger Socceroos.

Having registered two draws to begin the second stage of World Cup qualifying in the Asian Football Confederation, Australia desperately need a win against Jordan on Tuesday (Wednesday morning AEST) and the Lebanon friendly will provide crucial preparation in the Middle Eastern heat.

Australia sit third in Group B behind Japan and Iraq with two points, although the Socceroos only trail the Iraqis on goals scored, while Jordan are bottom.

The Qantas Socceroos must finish in the top two positions in Group B to automatically qualify for the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

Lebanon, who are ranked 127th in the world, are bottom of Group A.

Osieck has already explained he will pick close to his best 11 players against Lebanon as he looks to get the Qantas Socceroos back on track prior to their qualifier away to Jordan and that means a likely line-up will see Schwarzer in goals and a back four of Neill, Sasa Ognenovski, Jade North and David Carney.

Bresciano will be expected to provide creativity in midfield, while Mile Jedinak should be given the holding role, plus Brett Holman, Luke Wilkshire and Cahill will most likely support Alex Brosque up front.

Osieck will hope his regulars get the job done against Lebanon to give themselves confidence before the Jordan game.