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Asian Cup: Arnold demands more against Syria

The Socceroos will continue their AFC Asian Cup campaign when they take on Syria and coach Graham Arnold will be wanting more from his players.

Australia were far from convincing as they picked up a 2-0 win over India in the opening game of Group B, and Arnold was not impressed.

The Socceroos are priced at 8.00 to go all the way and win the tournament, but they will have to improve on the performance against India.

Three points in the opener is all that really mattered, and Arnold’s men now need to back it up with a convincing win over Syria on Thursday night.

WhatSyria v Australia
WhereJassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Qatar
When21:30 (AEST) Thursday 18th January 2023
How to watchChannel 7
OddsSyria 13.00, Draw 5.00, Australia 1.28

Socceroos lack cutting edge

The Socceroos were made to work hard before finally seeing off India 2-0 in their opening game of Group B.

Graham Arnold’s side can have difficulties when up against a side that sits deep and gets everyone behind the ball and that was the case against India.

It took 50 minutes to find a way through and it came courtesy of a blunder in the India defence, when goalkeeper Sandhu failed to clear his lines and Jackson Irvine fired home.

The Socceroos will be up against more of the same on Thursday and Syria are sure to pack the defence and try and make life difficult.

It will be down to the Socceroos to break them down and Arnold could make changes for the game.

He started the India game with Mitchell Duke up top as a lone striker with Connor Metcalfe, Martin Boyle and Craig Goodwin part of a five-man midfield.

It was only when Arnold made changes did the Socceroos finally break the deadlock.

Riley McGree, Jordan Bos and Bruno Fornaroli all came off bench and made an immediate impact, with Irvine getting the breakthrough.

Bos got the second goal on 73 minutes and all three players could now be pushing for a start against Syria.

If Duke does keep his place in the side then he can be backed at 2.40 to score at anytime, while Fornaroli is priced at 2.62.

Syria keep it tight

Syria showed they are capable of keeping a clean sheet when drawing 0-0 with Uzbekistan in their opening game of Group B.

They are likely to get a sterner examination against the Socceroos but will be determined to keep another clean sheet.

Another 0-0 draw on Thursday night is priced at 8.00.

The Socceroos could face another frustrating evening, finding goals hard to come by, and under 2.5 goals in the game is priced at 1.72.

Syria had just seven shots against Uzbekistan and none of them were on target, so Aussie keeper Mat Ryan could be in for a quiet night.

Both teams to score is available at 3.00, while no is 1.36.

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