Graham Arnold's Socceroos will expect nothing less than an overwhelming convincing win over minnows Taiwan in their World Cup qualifier.
GUIDE TO SOCCEROOS v TAIWAN WORLD CUP QUALIFIER:
Kaohsiung National Stadium, Kaohsiung
October 15 - 7:40pm kickoff (10:40pm AEDT)
* Coach: Graham Arnold
* Rank: 44
* Coach: Louis Lancaster
* Rank: 129
HEAD TO HEAD:
Australia 12, Taiwan 0, drawn 1
Australia did the bare minimum with their 5-0 win over Nepal on Thursday in Canberra and will look to fill their boots against a winless Taiwan. Jordan's goalless draw with Kuwait last week means Graham Arnold's team can take a stranglehold on Group B with another victory, before they travel in November to their Middle East rivals. Nothing less than a win, and a big one, will suffice in Kaohsiung for the Socceroos.
Australia have arrived in Taiwan with a fully-fit squad. Despite scoring a hat-trick against Nepal, Jamie Maclaren might make way for Adam Taggart who scored two goals the last time these two teams met in 2012. Captain Mark Milligan could be rested after playing a full game in Canberra, while European-based stars such as Aaron Mooy and Mathew Leckie might also find themselves having a break before they return to their clubs. Central defender Milos Degenek, having sat out the Nepal match, is likely to come in for Bailey Wright or goal-scoring debutant Harry Souttar.
Taiwan's main sport is baseball and their football team has struggled for attention in their homeland. Defeats in their opening two qualifiers - both at home - against Jordan and Nepal have left them rooted to the bottom of the Group B ladder. English coach Louis Lancaster, a former Watford youth mentor, took over the job in January and has just one victory - a 2-0 win over Hong Kong in June - from his six matches at the helm.