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Socceroos vs Ecuador
The Socceroos play their first match in Australia since the 2022 World Cup, up against Ecuador in Sydney at CommBank Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 8pm (AEDT).
It will be something of a glorious return for the Socceroos, as the team plays before home fans still glowing after the impressive World Cup performance that saw them qualify for the Round of 16.
The Socceroos lost to eventual champions Argentina, but won many hearts around the globe with their gutsy and determined play. The effort was a real shot in the arm for the A-League, with a host of players excelling internationally and Adelaide United’s Craig Goodwin particularly starring.
Now, the process of preparing for the 2024 Asian Cup begins, and then World Cup qualifying soon after. Coach Graham Arnold will be looking to use the two matches against Ecuador as opportunities to sight some new players, build combinations and begin to map out a plan of attack for the Asian Cup.
Aaron Mooy, Jamie Maclaren, Ajdin Hrustic and Mathew Leckie are all unavailable for the matches, yet that provides great opportunities for others. Brandon Borrello will be out to impress, Jordan Bos will be hoping for a debut match for Australia and Joe Gauci deserves a starting position after his excellent form for the Reds this season.
A host of young players based abroad have also returned for the games, with Hearts-based Garang Kuol, Manchester City’s Alex Robertson and Sparta Prague’s Awer Mabil all on deck for the Aussies.
Nestory Irankunda is the talk of the domestic scene and it does look as though he will receive minutes at some stage, with the whole country eager to see him in national colours.
Ecuador have brought a strong squad and are likely to be evenly matched with the Australians. The South Americans failed to make it out of the group stage at the World Cup last year, but did show plenty of talent in what was a tricky group to navigate.
There are likely to be plenty of goals, as the coachs use their benches extensively and embrace the notion of the match being a friendly.
The Socceroos are always tough to beat at home, and could win it with something like a 3-2 scoreline.
Venue: CommBank Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: 8pm (AEDT)
TV: Channel 10
Streaming: 10Play, Paramount +
Betting: Australia $2.70, draw $3.15, Ecuador $2.60 – odds via PlayUp
Ryan; Degenek, Souttar, Rowles, Behich, Devlin, Baccus, Goodwin, Irvine, McGree, Duke
Galindez, Preciado, Torres, Hincapie, Estupinan, Caicedo, Cifuentes, Mendez, Rodriguez, Estrada, Sarmiento