Guide to Socceroos-Palestine in Asian Cup

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Graham Arnold's Socceroos aim to bounce back from defeat to Jordan in the Asian Cup with a Group B fixture against Jordan in Dubai.

GUIDE TO SOCCEROOS v PALESTINE ASIAN CUP GROUP CLASH:

Rashid Stadium, Dubai

January 11 - 3:00pm kickoff (2200 AEDT)

AUSTRALIA:

Coach: Graham Arnold

Rank: 41

PALESTINE:

Coach: Noureddine Ould Ali

Rank: 99

HEAD TO HEAD:

No previous encounters

THE LOWDOWN:

Australia suffered the shock result of the tournament so far when the defending champions were beaten 1-0 last Sunday by a spirited Jordan team in Al Ain.

They face a Palestine team, buoyed by a battling 0-0 draw against Syria in their opener.

Graham Arnold expects a response and knows his team have little margin for error if they're to avoid an embarrassing group-stage exit.

THE TEAM:

A first-half groin injury in the Jordan defeat means Josh Risdon is out and replaced by Rhyan Grant at right back.

Tom Rogic will start despite breaking a bone in his left hand against Jordan, while Andrew Nabbout is unlikely to return from the groin strain which had ruled him out of the Jordan match, with Jamie Maclaren likely to stay up front.

Robbie Kruse faces a battle to retain his spot from Chris Ikonomidis who had impressed off the bench in Sunday's game.

THE OPPONENT:

Palestine claimed their first tournament point against Syria in their second Asian Cup.

A team who often struggle to bring their players together for training or matches due to travel restrictions within Israel for Palestinians, the one thing the Knights don't lack is team spirit.

As well as Palestine-based players, the team boast Chileans, a Swede, an American and a Slovenian - all drawn from the worldwide Palestinian diaspora.

Defender Mohamed Saleh is suspended after his red card against Syria, while Chilean-born Yashir Islame is the team's main attacking outlet with seven goals in 13 appearances.

Source AAP