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World Cup qualifying: Socceroos lose duo for Lebanon rematch

Australia continue their World Cup qualifying campaign when they take on Lebanon in Canberra on Tuesday.

The Socceroos are dominating Group I in Asia-World Cup Qualifying after winning their opening three games.

Graham Arnold’s men beat Lebanon 2-0 last Thursday, but the victory came at a cost with a couple of key players picking up injuries.

However, they are still the hot fancies to pick up another three points when they clash again.

Palestine and Bangladesh have also been defeated, so it is a case of so far so good as the Socceroos look to progress.

There can be no room for complacency however and Australia will need to be professional when they head to GIO Stadium.

What: Lebanon v Australia
Where: GIO Stadium, Canberra
When: 19:45, Tuesday 26th March 2024
How to watch: Network 10, Paramount+
Odds: Lebanon 17.00, Draw 5.75, Australia 1.18

Socceroos pair ruled out

The Socceroos have been hit by a couple of injury blows ahead of the rematch, as both Riley McGree and Jordy Bos have been ruled out.

The duo both left the field in the first half of Thursday’s 2-0 win and will not figure in Canberra as they wait to learn the full extent of the injuries.

It has left coach Graham Arnold with a shortage of left-backs, as Aziz Behich is also out of the side.

Central defender Kye Rowles played there on Thursday, but Arnold has now opted to draft in Sydney FC defender Joel King as cover.

The Socceroos will also be missing midfielder Keanu Baccus, who will serve a suspension.

Even so, Arnold should still have enough strength in depth as the Socceroos look to pick up the win that will secure their passage through to the final round of World Cup qualification.

Arnold’s men struggled to create chances in the win against Lebanon and will be looking to put that right on Tuesday.

They still ran out 2-0 winners and the same scoreline can be backed at 5.00.

Baccus and Rowles got the goals in the first game, but the former is suspended, while the latter cannot be expected to step up to the plate again.

Taggart in fine form

Adam Taggart looks to be a good shout to get among the goals, if he gets the nod to play.

The Perth Glory striker has been in great form in the A-League, hence his return to the national side and he is 4.33 to score the first goal of the game.

Arnold has a heap of options in attack, with six strikers in his squad and it remains to be seen who he will select this time.

Craig Goodwin is also back and available and is priced at 3.50 to score at anytime.

Lebanon have drawn the other two games they have played in their qualifying campaign but have only managed to score the one goal.

However, they have only conceded three, including the two against the Socceroos.

They will be out to try and keep it tight once again and under 2.5 goals in the game is priced at 2.10.

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