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Asian Qualifiers - Group B Preview: Australia challenge for Jordan, Kuwait's chances hanging by a thread ahead of Chinese Taipei tie


Kuwait City: Jordan will have to beat Australia - something Graham Arnold's side have yet to experience - when the two teams square off in Group B of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Tuesday.

Victory is the only option available for Jordan if they are to stand a chance of sealing one of the five places available in the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 with Australia having already sealed top spot as well as a place in the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Finals.

Should Jordan lose, a win for Kuwait over Chinese Taipei in Tuesday's later match could see them finishing second but whether that will be enough to advance to the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will depend on results elsewhere.

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Australia have been simply superb in Group B as the Socceroos have not only been unbeatable, they head into their final match looking to end their campaign with a record of eight wins out of eight.

So impressive have Arnold's squad been that the Australia head coach has had the liberty of tinkering with his squad as he attempts to expose as many players as possible heading into the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

The problem for Jordan, however, is that irrespective of who starts for Australia, the 2015 AFC Asian Cup champions will be determined to win and Vital Borkelmans' side can expect a massive challenge.

Jordan have done relatively well in the Asian Qualifiers, having suffered just a 1-0 defeat to Australia when they met in Novermber 2019 and Borkelmans will urge his players for one final push as the West Asian side attempt to claim a place in the final round of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers as one of the best runners-up.


Australia v Jordan
Venue: Jaber Al Ahmad International Stadium, Kuwait City
Kick-off: 19:00 hours (UTC+3)


Kuwait's place in the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 is assured but the squad's faint hopes of a berth in the final round of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers has cost Spaniard Andres Carrasco his job as as head coach.

The 0-0 draw with Jordan on Friday virtually ended their hopes and Kuwait will be led by Thamer Enad for the tie against Chinese Taipei on Tuesday where even a win will likely not be enough to see them advance to the final round of the Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

Victory will take Kuwait to 14 points but with other second-placed teams in the remaining seven groups with better records, the West Asian side will need numerous results to go their way if they are to continue their campaign for a second appearance in the FIFA World Cup Finals after 1982.

Three points against Chinese Taipei is also not a foregone conclusion, with the East Asians out to end an underwhelming campaign with points on the board after seven defeats.


Chinese Taipei v Kuwait
Venue: Jaber Al Ahmad International Stadium, Kuwait City
Kick-off: 22:00 hours (UTC+3)

*Polls end 23:00 (UTC+8) on June 15.

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