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The Socceroos haven’t won seven consecutive matches since 1997. On Saturday morning AEST, they have a superb opportunity to equal that streak when they face the 171st-ranked side in the world in Nepal.

Graham Arnold’s men are six from six atop Group B in the second round of Asian qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and victory against lowly Nepal would assure top spot with a game to spare.

In what will be their third game in eight days, and with another to come on Wednesday morning, Arnold is almost certain to continue a heavy rotation policy that has seen six debutants earn maiden caps so far, and an entirely different starting XI in the second game.

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Goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas, now with Danish club SønderjyskE, is the only uncapped player remaining in the 30-man squad and could be in line to debut given Arnold has already used two different glovemen in the opening two clashes this series.

Nepal are fourth in the group with two wins from seven matches so far, and are playing for pride against the Australian side. The last – and only – time the teams met in October 2019, Australia ran out 5-0 winners in Canberra, with Jamie Maclaren scoring a hat-trick. Australia launched 36 shots to Nepal’s lone effort in what was a one-sided clash.

Maclaren and fellow A-League striker Mitch Duke have both enjoyed minutes – and scored goals – in the two games this camp. Now Apostolos Giannou and Adam Taggart are likely to get their opportunities.

The match is taking place at Jaber Al-Hamad International Stadium in Kuwait, the same venue which has hosted every match of the group so far this fortnight – which has left it looking worse for wear.

MATCH CENTRE: Line-ups, live stats

HOW TO WATCH

Watch live on Fox Sports 505 from 1.30am AEST ahead of kick-off at 2am, and stream FREE on Kayo.

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