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Soccer: Socceroos face tough Mexico test

The Socceroos will continue their preparations for the forthcoming Asian Cup when they take on Mexico in a friendly on Sunday.

Graham Arnold’s side are looking to make progress following their impressive showing at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and they face a stern test against Mexico in Texas.

Mexico are the current CONCACAF Gold Cup champions and are rated as the No.12 side in world football.

Arnold has made a number of changes to his squad as he looks to take the Socceroos into the future and it will be interesting to see how they go on Sunday.

World Cup qualification also begins in November, meaning this game holds even more importance.

WhatMexico v Australia
WhereAT&T Stadium, Texas, USA
When12:00 (AEST) Sunday 10th September, 2023
How to watchNetwork 10, 10 Play, Paramount+
OddsMexico 1.85, Draw 3.40, Australia 3.80

Current form

The Socceroos have played three games in 2023, winning one and losing two.

They began the year with a double-header against Ecuador in March, winning the first game 3-1, then losing the second 2-1.

Then in June they lost to Argentina 2-0, with a certain Lionel Messi on the scoresheet for the home side.

Arnold brings in new faces

Coach Arnold has opted to bring in a number of fresh faces for the showdown against Mexico, making eight changes to the squad that lost to Argentina.

Arnold has been forced to leave out both Jordan Bos and Kusini Yengi through injury, which is not ideal.

Yengi has been in great form in England, scoring four goals in three games for Portsmouth, and would have played a role had he been fit.

Some familiar faces are missing, including Craig Goodwin, Garang Kuol, Jason Cummings, Trent Sainsbury, Awer Mabil and Marco Tilio.

There is also no place in the squad for Joe Gauci, Joel King, Gianni Stensness, Ajdin Hrustic, Alex Robertson, Jamie Maclaren and Brandon Borrello.

Arnold has handed first call-ups to Sammy Silvera, Cameron Burgess and Ashley Maynard-Brewer.

Meanwhile, Nick D’Agostino, Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Jackson Irvine and Martin Boyle have all earned recalls to the squad.

Mitchell Duke looks sure to lead the line for the Socceroos and can be backed at 3.60 to score at anytime in the game.

Duo back for Mexico

Mexico have brought Raul Jimenez and Hector Herrera back into the squad after they were left out for the CONCACAF success back in July.

Jimenez is one of Mexico’s greatest ever strikers and is currently playing his football in the English Premier League with Fulham, following on from a very successful spell with Wolves.

The 32-year-old can be backed at 6.00 to grab the first goal of the game.

Hirving Lozano and Jorge Sanchez have been left out, which just goes to show the strength in depth in the Mexico squad.

Mexico are also blessed with the talents of experienced goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who has been their number one for the last 15 years.

The 38-year-old is still playing the highest level for Salernitana in Italy’s Serie A and will take some beating.

Mexico can be backed at 2.50 to keep a clean sheet.

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