A look at how the Socceroos’ Asian Cup rivals have performed in...

A look at how the Socceroos’ Asian Cup rivals have performed in lead up matches

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The beginning of the Socceroos’ Asian Cup title defence is now just under two weeks away with players beginning to arrive in a pre-tournament training camp in the UAE.

Graham Arnold’s side have been drawn in Group B alongside Jordan, Syria and Palestine with the Socceroos favourites to finish at the top of the group.

The Socceroos will enter the clash off the back of four matches since their World Cup journey finished in Russia.

Those matches have seen Arnold’s side claim victories against Kuwait and Lebanon while drawing against South Korea. The final warm-up match will be played against Oman on Sunday.

Australia’s group rivals have played a host of matches themselves since the beginning of August.

Here is a look at how each of these team’s have performed.

Jordan

Played: 8 Won: 1 Lost:3 Draws: 4

Jordan are the team considered most likely to trouble the Socceroos for top spot and will enter the tournament off the back of some mixed form in the back half of 2018.

Their only win in this time was against India, a 2-1 result in November.

Despite their mixed form, Jordan did produce a respectful result against World Cup finalist Croatia in October when they fell 2-1.

In their final warm-up game prior to the tournament, Jordan secured a 1-all draw with China. Musa Al-Taamari found his way onto the scoresheet.

Results:

September

1-0 loss to Lebanon

0-0 draw with Oman

October

0-0 draw with Albania

2-1 loss to Croatia

November

2-1 win over India

1-1 draw with Saudi Arabia

December

1-0 loss to Kyrgyzstan

1-1 draw with China

Syria

Played: 6 Won: 2 Lost: 2 Draws: 2

The Syrian national team remains fresh in the mind of Australian football fans, after the Socceroos narrowly defeated them in an Asian Confederation World Cup Playoff.

Like Jordan, Syria will enter the clash with a mixed bag of results as they look to spring a surprise in Group B.

Their final warm-up game will take place on December 30 against Yemen.

Results

September

1-1 draw with Uzbekistan

2-1 loss to Kyrgyzstan

October

1-0 win over Bahrain

2-0 loss to China

November

1-1 draw with Oman

2-1 victory over Kuwait

Palestine

Played: 11 Won: 5 Lost: 3 Draws: 3

Palestine will enter their second Asian Cup having played the most matches of any team in Group B.

While they are considered the underdogs of the group, they will enter the tournament high on confidence.

They even claimed a trophy during October after remaining undefeated at the Bangabandu Gold Cup, where they defeated Tajikistan on penalties in the final.

Palestine will play their final warm-up game on December 31 against Kyrgyzstan.

Results

August

3-0 loss to Iraq

September

1-1 draw with Kyrgyzstan

3-0 loss to Qatar

October

2-0 win over Tajikistan

1-0 win over Nepal

2-0 win over Bangladesh

Beat Tajikistan on penalties in the final

November

2-1 win over Pakistan

1-1 draw with China

December

1-1 draw with Iran

1-0 loss to Iraq

 

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