• Socceroos star Aaron Mooy, left, and Honduras captain Maynor Figueroa (Getty Images)
Everything you need to know ahead of the first leg of the Socceroos' World Cup play-off against Honduras in San Pedro Sula.
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10 Nov 2017 - 3:30 PM  UPDATED 10 Nov 2017 - 3:30 PM

2018 FIFA World Cup intercontinental play-off first leg - Honduras v Australia 

Saturday November 11, 9am AEDT (November 10, 4pm local time)

Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

AUSTRALIA

World ranking: 43

Coach: Ange Postecoglou

Captain: Mile Jedinak

Qualifying route: Finished third in Asian qualifying Group B (5 wins, 4 draws, 1 losses) and defeated Syria in the Asian play-off.

World Cup record: Four appearances (1974, 2006, 2010, 2014).

Key man: Aaron Mooy. Whether deployed in defensive or attacking midfield, Mooy is the beating heart of the Socceroos. His dead-ball execution could be crucial.

Goal threat: Tomi Juric. Juric will lead the line for the Socceroos and, with Tim Cahill under a fitness cloud, will be relied upon to stretch the Honduran defence.

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HONDURAS

World ranking: 69

Coach: Jorge Luis Pinto

Captain: Maynor Figueroa

Qualifying route: Finished fourth in the final North/Central American group of six teams (3 wins, 4 draws, 3 losses), missing direct qualification behind Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama.

World Cup record: Three appearances (1982, 2010, 2014).

Key man: Emilio Izaguirre. The national team stalwart played for seven seasons at Scottish powerhouses Celtic and is a reliable figure in defence.

Goal threat: Romell Quioto. A six-time scorer in qualifying, the 25-year-old winger will run at Australia's defence all match.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD HISTORY

While the Socceroos have never played in Central America, Australia lost their only clash against Honduras 2-1 during the group stage of the 2000 Olympic Games.

In 21 visits to North and South America, Australia has won just one match - a 1-0 friendly win over USA in Orlando in 1992.

ROAD TO RUSSIA

Honduras is the last stop on a marathon 22-game path to Russia for Postecoglou's side. After this, the two teams head to Sydney for the return leg.

The second leg is at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday November 15 at 8pm AEDT.

Socceroos' history in World Cup play-offs
The Socceroos might have triumphed against Uruguay in their most recent World Cup intercontinental play-off but it was only after five failed attempts.

If the scores are tied, after two matches, away goals will decide who qualifies for the World Cup.

If they are still tied, extra time is played before a dreaded penalty shootout to end a final deadlock.