Australia v Uzbekistan: History on Socceroos’ side

first_imgHistory is well and truly on the Socceroos’ side ahead of their Asian Cup Round of 16 clash against Uzbekistan at the Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium – which kicks off on January 22 at 1am (AEDT). Australia have won each of their three games against Uzbekistan without conceding a goal and their last meeting saw the Socceroos triumph 6-0 at the 2011 Asian Cup.A lot has changed since then however with the White Wolves ranked as high as 43rd in the world in 2016 and they look more than capable of asking some serious questions of the green and gold.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Australia vs Uzbekistan Date Tuesday, January 22 AEDT Time 1.00am AEDT / 6.00pm LOCAL TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In Australia, the match can be watched live on Fox Sports through the Foxtel platform. There is no free-to-air broadcaster.You can stream the game through either the Foxtel Go, Foxtel Play and Kayo – just bear in mind those services are subscription based. AUS TV channel Online stream Fox Sports Foxtel GO/Foxtel Play/Kayo/My Football Live  Squads & Team News   Position Australia players Goalkeepers Ryan, Vukovic, Langerak Defenders Sainsbury, Behich, Gersbach, Jurman, Milligan, Risdon, Degenek, Grant Midfielders Luongo, Jeggo, Amini, Irvine, Mabil, Rogic Forwards Leckie, Giannou, Nabbout, Maclaren, Kruse, Ikonomidis After missing Australia’s final group game against Syria through suspension, Trent Sainsbury will return to the Socceroos starting side with Massimo Luongo shaping as the man to be pushed back onto the bench. That looms as the likely only change for the green and gold with Mathew Leckie nearing fitness but unlikely to be risked from the start.Josh Risdon is also fit again but will struggle to dislodge Rhyan Grant, while Andrew Nabbout remains out injured with Jamie Maclaren set to lead the line for a fourth game running.Socceroos predicted XI: Ryan; Behich, Degenek, Sainsbury, Grant; Milligan, Irvine; Ikonomidis, Rogic, Mabil; Maclaren. Position Uzbekistan players Goalkeepers Nesterov, Yusupov, Quvvatov Defenders Krimets, Ismoilov, Tursunov, Tukhtahodjaev, Zoteev, Sayfiev, Shorahmedov, Hoshimov Midfielders Hamrobekov, Ahmedov, Shukurov, Musaev, Masharipov, Turgunbaev, Hamdamov, Sidikov, Alibaev, Shomurodev Forwards Bikmaev, Rashidov  Uzbekistan coach Hector Cuper made a number of notable omissions from his Asian Cup squad before the tournament leaving out influential trio Igor Sergeev, Javohir Ilyasov and Dilshod Rakhmatullaev.He also opted to include just two out-and-out strikers in the form of Marat Bikmaev and Sardor Rashidov. Eldor Shomurodov, who plays club football in Russia for FC Rostov, has been Uzbekistan’s star performer so far in the UAE bagging four goals across his first three games.  Uzbekistan predicted XI: Nesterov; Khashimov, Tukhtahodjaev, Krimets, Sayfiyev; Shukurov, Musayev, Sidikov; Khamdamov, Shomurodev, Alibaev.  Betting & Match Odds Australia enter this match as $1.66 favourites with Uzbekistan valued at $5 of claiming a surprise win.Jamie Maclaren is the best backed to open the scoring at odds of $5 and is going at odds of  $2.40 to score anytime.Uzbekistan attacker Eldor Shomurodov has scored four times at the Asian Cup is good value at $4.75 to score at any point.All odds courtesy of Bet365  and correct at the time of publishing.  Match Preview Chris Ikonomidis SocceroosThe Socceroos’ route to the knockout stages was a lot bumpier than many expected after an early loss to Jordan left them with little room for error.A convincing 3-0 win over Palestine was followed up with a shaky 3-2 victory against Syria – results that sealed second spot in Group B and this clash with Uzbekistan.The White Wolves on the other hand won their first two games in the UAE, before letting a lead slip in a 2-1 loss against Japan to surrender top spot in Group F.Uzbekistan had a difficult 2018 having surging up to 43rd in the world in 2016 but look close to being back on track under coach Hector Cuper.Shomurodov will be the danger man for Uzbekistan and already has four goals to his name.For the Socceroos, young duo Awer Mabil and Chris Ikonomidis are the ones to watch as they look to fire Australia to the quarter-finals.On paper, the green and gold should be able to get the job done in Al Ain, but recent form suggests Uzbekistan won’t go down without a fight.last_img read more

Opponents know what I’m capable of: Chris Gayle

first_imgOpponents know what I’m capable of: Chris GayleUniverse Boss Chris Gayle has termed himself as the most dangerous batsman in the world and that he will be the force to reckon with during the 2019 World Cupadvertisement Asian News International MelbourneMay 22, 2019UPDATED: May 22, 2019 16:10 IST Chris Gayle is confident that his opponents are scared of him (Photo: AP)HIGHLIGHTSChris Gayle will be playing his 5th World CupGayle had scored 326 sixes in IPL, crossing the 300-markWest Indies start their World Cup campaign against Pakistan on May 31West Indies destructive batsman Chris Gayle is all pumped for the forthcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup saying that the bowlers know about his capabilities and they know he is the ‘most dangerous batsman’.”Youngsters coming at my head – it’s not as easy as it was like one time before. I was quicker then. But they’ll be weary. They know what the Universe Boss is capable of. I’m sure they will have it in the back of their mind, ‘Hey, this is the most dangerous batsman they’ve ever seen in cricket’,” Cricket.com.au quoted Gayle, as saying.Gayle is also very confident in saying that opponents are scared of him, however, they just opt not to admit this on camera.”Can’t you tell? You go ask them. Go ask them on camera. They’re going to say, no, they’re not scared.But you ask them off the camera, they going to say, ‘Yeah, he’s the man. He’s the man.’ They’re going to say, ‘he’s the man’,” he said. “But they won’t say it (on camera), they won’t be frank and upfront and say, ‘Listen to me straight up, Chris Gayle is the man,” he added.Universe Boss Gayle has hammered 326 sixes in Indian Premier League (IPL), most by any player. Surprisingly, no other player has even reached the 300-mark as the second positioned batsman, AB de Villiers has just 212 sixes.The 39-year old also said that it is hard to quit if you enjoy the sport while expressing that it is just the World Cup title which will satisfy him.advertisement”If you’re enjoying it, it’s always easy (to keep playing) and I’m enjoying it. I’ve been having a lot of fun on the field, and it’s a great bunch of guys as well – that’s important,” he said.”There’s nothing to go out there and prove, the only thing that would be nice is to win the World Cup,” Gayle added.West Indies will compete with Pakistan for their first World Cup 2019 clash on May 31.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Buttler is England’s dangerman, says PontingAlso Read | India knocked out of Sudirman Cup after 0-3 loss to ChinaAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Chris GayleFollow west indiesFollow World Cup 2019last_img read more