The Socceroos will take on New Zealand for the second time in four days when they face off at Eden Park on Sunday afternoon.
Australia claimed a 1-0 win in Brisbane on Thursday night with an Awer Mabil goal proving the difference.
The All Whites proved tough opposition, however, and look set to give the Socceroos an even sterner test on home soil.
Graham Arnold has also declared he’ll be using this friendly to give fringe players a chance to impress for Australia with regular players set to be rested.
How to watch New Zealand vs. Australia
|Date||Sunday, September 25||Sunday, September 25|
|Time||13:00 AEST||15:00 NZST|
|TV channel||Channel 10||Sky Sport|
|Streaming||10 Play, Paramount+||Sky Sport NOW|
New Zealand: This match is expected to be broadcast on Sky Sport in New Zealand with a stream shown on Sky Sport NOW.
New Zealand vs. Australia projected lineups and team news
Arnold said after the Socceroos win on Thursday that he’d name a completely different starting side for their next match.
Several players in his extended squad are hoping to make their debuts with the likes of Garang Kuol, Cameron Devlin, Keanu Baccus and Jason Cummings all impressing at club level.
The Socceroos will likely try to find a safe mix between fresh faces and experienced hands for this clash in Auckland.
Australia’s projected lineup (4-2-3-1): Langerak (GK) – Strain, Delbridge, Deng, King – Baccus, Devlin – Duke, McGree, Leckie – Cummings.
New Zealand have named a smaller squad for these friendlies and are unlikely to rotate their starting side too much after naming a strong XI last time out.
Winston Reid missed Thursday’s game but is a near certainty to start in what will be his final international appearance.
New Zealand projected starting lineup (3-1-4-2): Sail (GK) — Tuiloma, Reid, Pijnaker — Bell — Payne, Cacace, Stamenic, Garbett — Greive, Wood.
Socceroos vs. New Zealand betting odds and prediction
Despite being underdogs on Thursday, New Zealand gave Australia a stern test and should actually go into this next match as slight favourites.
A long-awaited return to home soil will give the All Whites a massive morale boost, while looming rotation from the Socceroos could see the Kiwis make the most of any inexperience.
Australia’s rotation could work in their favour, however, with lesser known players like Kuol and Cummings potentially primed to run riot as they push for a place in Arnold’s World Cup team.
Prediction: 2-2 draw
|Australia to win||2.05|
|New Zealand to win||3.60|
|Both teams to score Y/N||1.73/2.00|
|Over/Under 2.5 goals||1.91/1.80|
*Odds courtesy of Ladbrokes and correct as of September 23.
Australia vs. New Zealand head-to-head results
|September 22, 2022||Australia 1-0 New Zealand||Friendly|
|July 5, 2011||Australia 3-0 New Zealand||Friendly|
|May 24, 2010||Australia 2-1 New Zealand||Friendly|
|June 9, 2005||Australia 1-1 New Zealand||Friendly|
|May 29, 2004||Australia 1-0 New Zealand||World Cup qualifier|
|July 14, 2002||New Zealand 1-0 Australia||Oceania Nations Cup|