Australia v Serbia World Cup 2010
June 23, 2010 - Kick off 19.30 GMT
Radomir Antic has preached caution ahead of Wednesday‘s match in Nelspruit, with Serbia potentially needing all three points from the game at the Mbombela Stadium to ensure they progress to the last sixteen. Compared to the opening game against Ghana, the White Eagles were a rejuvenated team against Germany, taking the game to their opponents and hauling themselves right back into the competition. Indeed, that defeat against the Black Stars might serve them well as they go forward. Nemanja Vidic and Branislav Ivanovic help to ensure the defence keep things tight, although they have given away penalties in their last two matches.
Australia will be determined and organised, although they have had two red card in their last two matches, something which means Harry Kewell is suspended for this match. Pim Verbeek has admitted that the team are short of quality, having to deploy Lucas Neill as a central defender, while Brett Emerton is a reasonable wide man for Blackburn Rovers, although by no means world class. They didn‘t react well to going a goal down against Germany in the first match and could be outclassed here.