Indonesia will make their first appearance in the knockout stage of the Asian Cup as they face Australia for a quarter-final place. The match will take place at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium on Sunday.
Australia had a solid group phase, remaining unbeaten in five matches, and have not lost in seven successive encounters in all competitions.
The team created multiple opportunities, winning the ball 39 times in the opposition’s half- the most of any side in the competition so far.
The Socceroos were organised at the back and very effective when in possession during the group stage with an average of 62.3% ball possession. They ranked first regarding sequences of play with ten or more passes involved.
However, the team needs to be sharper in front of goal in the knockout stage than they were four years ago when they failed to find the back of the net in their round of 16 and quarter-final fixtures.
On the other hand, Indonesia claimed the final third-place position in their group despite losing their previous match 2-1 versus Japan.
They were 10 minutes away from being knocked out of the competition before a late equaliser by Kyrgyzstan levelled their match against Oman at 1-1 and put them in the final third-place position.
Indonesia manager Shin Tae-yong has never got the better of Graham Arnold in their four previous meetings.
The team is winless in their last eight matches against the Socceroos, failing to score in seven of those encounters, with their one and only victory occurring in August 1981 (1-0).
Australia’s top goalscorer Mitchell Duke was absent on matchday three due to a hamstring injury. On the other hand, Asnawi Mangkualam was on the bench for Indonesia in their match against Japan due to a muscle injury.
Possible Starting Lineups:
Jones, Souttar, Rowles, Behich;
Metcalfe, O’Neill, Irvine;
Boyle, Yengi, Goodwin
Walsh, Ridho, Baggott, Hubner, Arhan;
Sulaeman, Jenner, Ferdinan, Kambuaya;
Prediction: Australia 2-0 Indonesia
It seems like Indonesia is over-matched in this match. Throughout the tournament, the Socceroos have feasted off their opponents’ mistakes, and the Indonesians have been too inconsistent defensively for us to believe they can contain a well-balanced Aussie side.