The Socceroos tackle Japan before backing up a few days later to take on Thailand, so every game is crucial to them qualifying, and you can enjoy every minute when watching live on a standard or HD TV, or streaming the action to a mobile device with a Free trial.
Socceroos vs Japan 2017 Preview
Close to 60,000 Japanese supporters will pack into Saitama Stadium to watch the Blue Samurai, as Australia continue their quest towards securing a berth in the 2018 World Cup at Russia when they battle it out. Both of these sides are ranked just inside the top 50 on the FIFA Rankings at 44 and 45 respectively. The Socceroos will go in with some confidence with a full squad assembled with really good depth, especially with Huddersfield midfielder Aaron Mooy, who has been a star for Huddersfield in the early rounds of the EPL.
Japan will be no easy beats. Their recent form has been outstanding. They won three World Cup Qualifiers on the bounce before a 1-1 draw with Iraq. They sit second behind Australia as the best side Asia has to offer, and there are still wounds for the Blue Samurai after what Tim Cahill did to them in the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Their recent form has been much better than the Socceroos, plus their record at Saitama is very good, and if you can’t watch it Free to Air on your big screen you can still stream it live online.
Socceroos v Japan Live TV Times
Date: Thursday 31 August
Location: Saitama Stadium, Japan
Live TV: 8.30pm – 10.30pm (Sydney time)
Channel: Fox Sports 4
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Socceroos replays available on Fox Sports at varying times after the completion of the match.
Socceroos Live Streaming and a Free Trial
While you may find the Socceroos Free to Air in Australia, Fox Sports will provide the most comprehensive Live coverage of these exciting World Cup Qualifiers including no ad-breaks during play, along with replays for those who want to enjoy the action at a later time.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to consider the newly launched Foxtel Now 2 weeks Free TV offer, which will telecast their match vs Saudi Arabia (June 8) Live online*, as well as offering live Socceroos streaming to eligible mobile devices through the Foxtel Go app within minutes of getting started.
Socceroos vs Iraq 2017 Preview
These two sides have already played in this battle to qualify for Russia, in September, where the Socceroos proved too good for Iraq, winning 2-0, in what was a pretty scrappy game overall, largely due to the heat and humidity, something that they will have to face once again in the Middle East here against Iraq.
The Asian Cup champ Socceroos are expected to win comfortably, but given their recent form, and the fact that Australian sides at club have been performing poorly on the international stage in the Asian Champions League, the confidence probably won’t be as high as expected. Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak has been playing some okay Football since joining Aston Villa from Crystal Palace, but has always starred for the Socceroos when the nation needs someone to stand up. His influence from the back will be crucial to this result.
Socceroos v Iraq Live TV Times
Date: Thursday March 23
Location: Shahid Dastgerdi Stadium.
Live TV: 10.30pm – 1.00 am (Sydney time)
Channel: Ch. 9 and Fox Sports 4
Note: Socceroos vs Saudi Arabia free to air may not be available in all locations.
Socceroos 2017 World Cup Qualifiers
Socceroos v Japan
Date: Thursday, 31 August from 8.30pm – 10.30pm (AEST)
Socceroos v Thailand
Date: Tuesday, 5 September from 8pm – 10pm (AEST)