The Socceroos are back on the road once more in a crucial World Cup qualifier against China to be played in the UAE on Tuesday morning (AEDT).
After only getting one point against fellow group favourites Saudi Arabia and Japan, Australia need to get a victory to keep their campaign to qualify for Qatar 2022 on track.
The Chinese have only one win from their five qualifiers so far and only a win will keep their faint World Cup qualification hopes alive.
However, China are still not able to play matches in their home country with both nations heading to the Middle East for the contest at Sharjah Stadium
Socceroos vs China match details: Kick-off time, stadium and broadcaster
The Socceroos comfortably accounted for China 3-0 in their first WCQ qualifier played in Doha in September, with Australia not able to host the match at home because of COVID-19.
Graham Arnold’s side will be looking for a repeat performance, after drawing 0-0 against Saudi Arabia and losing 2-1 to Japan in their last two outings.
Australia is currently sitting in second place in their WCQ group – an automatic World Cup qualifying spot – three points behind leaders Saudi and one point ahead of third-placed Japan.
At the halfway point of the qualification stage, any slip up against China that allows Japan to leapfrog the Socceroos could be costly, especially with matches against Saudi Arabia (away) and Japan (home) to come.
The Socceroos dominated play for long periods against Saudi Arabia but failed to create many significant chances, and Arnold will be hoping the flimsy Chinese defence from September shows up once again.
How to watch Socceroos vs China in Australia
While streaming service Paramount Plus isn’t ready to show the action just yet, the Socceroos’ game against China will be broadcast on television via Channel 10 (10 Bold in Western Australia) and streamed online via 10 Play .
10 Play is available via the App Store and Google Play with the platform also accessible via Apple TV, Android TV, Freeview, Fetch, Samsung and Telstra TV.
Simon Hill and Andy Harper are expected to be calling the action with Mark Milligan, Bruce Djite, Alex Brosque and Georgia Yeoman-Dale also set to provide their analysis.
In a huge blow, central defender Harry Souttar is out of the China match after suffering a knee injury against Saudi Arabia, with Ryan McGowan and Bailey Wright have been called up as replacements.
Andrew Nabbout has also been axed from the squad despite coming on as a substitute against the Saudis.
The Socceroos will be again without Aaron Mooy, Adam Taggart and Tom Rogic for this clash.