Australia will face Kuwait in opening match of AFC Asian Cup 2015 that is to be played on Melbourne Rectangular Stadium. The match will be played on 9th of January 2015 and will kick off at 7:30pm. Host nation Australia will have home support, but they can’t take their rivals lightly. The 16th edition of the competition will run from 9 to 31st January. All matches will be played in Australia. Given below is the schedule of opening match of this football tournament.
Australia vs Kuwait 2015 Match Schedule
|Competition||2015 AFC Asian Cup|
|Date||9 Jan 2015|
|Stadium||Melbourne Rectangular Stadium|
|Seating capacity||20,000 spectators|
|Telecast channels||Foxtel Play, Euro Sports 2 / 3|
Australia: Foxtel Play
Austria: Euro Sport 2 Germany
Denmark: Euro Sport 2 Denmark
Finland: Euro Sport 2 Nordic
Germany: Euro Sport 2 Germany
France: Eurosport France
International: Eurosport international
Italy: Euro sport Italy
New Zealand: Sky Go NZ, Sky Sport 3 NZ
USA: British Eurosport 2
Australia vs Kuwait Match Preview
Australia: Mathew Ryan, Ivan Franjic, Jason Davidson, Matthew Spiranovic, Chris Herd, Mark Milligan, Tommy Oar, James Troise, Mile Jedinak, Tim Cahill, Mathew Lechie, Tomi Juric.
Kuwait: Nawaf Al Khaldi, Amer Al Fadhel, Fahad Awadh, Hussain Fadhel, Fahed Al Hajri, Khaled Al Qahtani, Talal Al Fadhel, Saleh Al Sheikh, Abdullah Al Buraiki, Bader Al Mutawa, Abdul Rahman Al Shammari, Yousef Nasser.
Host nation was the first to put bid in order to host this competition. As the sole bidder for the hosting rights, Australia was officially named host on 5 January 2011.
Australia have played one final of this competition in the year of 2011. They were the runner-ups of 2011 AFC Asian Cup competition. On the other hand, Kuwait have won this championship in 1980 and were runner-ups of 1976.
In last World Cup, Australia finished at thirtieth position as they were eliminated in group stage round of the competition. It was fourth qualification of Socceroos in World’s biggest football competition.
Footballwood’s prediction for this match is 3–1 win for of Australia.