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Asian Cup: Australia group details, fixtures, dates and squad

Australia will get their AFC Asian Cup campaign underway on Saturday when they take on India in the first of three group games.

The Socceroos head into the tournament as one of the hot fancies and are priced at 7.50 to go all the way.

They wrapped up preparations for the tournament with a 2-0 win over Bahrain at the weekend, and now all eyes are on the opening group game.

Let’s take a closer look at the opening three games for the Socceroos.

Socceroos hot fancies in Group B

The Socceroos are the team to beat in Group B and are priced at 1.33 to finish on top ahead of Uzbekistan, Syria and India.

Uzbekistan are the biggest threat to the Socceroos at 3.60, while Syria and India are 13.00 and 67.00 respectively.

The top two from each group will progress through to the Round of 16, so it would be a huge shock if the Socceroos did not make it.

India first up

The Socceroos will begin against India at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Qatar on Saturday 13th January.

All of their three group games will take place at 22:30 (AEST) and it is no surprise that the Socceroos are 1.045 to come out on top in the opener.

India are priced at 34.00 to cause a big upset, while the draw is also available at 15.00.

Australia will then take on Syria in their second game at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium on Thursday 18th January.

Graham Arnold’s men can be backed at 1.36 to win, with Syria priced at 8.50. The draw is 4.33.

The Socceroos will then wrap up the group stage with a clash against Uzbekistan, that takes place at the Al Janoub Stadium on Tuesday 23rd January.

It will be their biggest test in the group stage, but they will still be expected to win.

Ryan in fitness race

Socceroos captain and goalkeeper Mat Ryan is an injury concern for the opening clash against India.

Ryan is on his way back from a fractured cheekbone he suffered last month, and Arnold is hopeful the experienced stopper will be available.

Adelaide United’s Joe Gauci was between the sticks for the clash against Bahrain, and will get the nod to start again, should Ryan not make it.

However Ryan has been in full training, and all being well, he will line up against India.

It remains to be seen what side Arnold will go with against India after a couple of players staked a claim against Bahrain.

Both Samuel Silvera and Gethin Jones impressed on debut and made a solid case to keep their place in the side.

Riley McGree also impressed on his return from injury. The midfielder came on as a second-half substitute and showed no ill effects.

The Socceroos picked up no fresh injuries from the Bahrain clash and Arnold will have a strong squad to select from.

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