Postecoglou to use his most attacking system yet
Gamble: Ange Postecoglou is set to stick to his trademark attacking system as the Socceroos seek a vital away goal. Photo: APSan Pedro Sula: Ange Postecoglou is set to take a massive gamble by deploying his most attacking line-up yet when the Socceroos take on Honduras in the first leg of the World Cup qualifying play-off.
In the face of tropical heat, humidity, a poor pitch and the intimidation of 40,000 passionate fans, Postecoglou will stand firm on his ultra-attacking ethos, employing a 3-1-5-1 formation away from home for the first time in his four-year-tenure.
Fairfax Media understands Postecoglou will stick with the formation used in the second leg of their play-off against Syria in Sydney, continuing with an all-out attacking gameplan rarely seen in international football.
It shapes as the most risky decision of Postecoglou’s time in charge of the Socceroos.
Matt Jurman, Trent Sainsbury and Bailey Wright are set to start as ‘s three central defenders in front of Mat Ryan in goal.
Despite only playing only 98 minutes this season, captain Mile Jedinak will be ‘s sole defensive midfielder. Instead of partnering him in a deeper role, QPR midfielder Massimo Luongo is set to start as one of three attacking central midfielders, alongside Aaron Mooy and Jackson Irvine.
In-form Bursaspor winger Aziz Behich will start on the left, with Western Sydney Wanderers’ Josh Risdon on the right wing.
Tim Cahill completed his first full training session on Thursday since arriving in San Pedro Sula, but will likely be forced to settle for a place on the bench. Tomi Juric is understood have been given the nod to start at centre forward.
Likely team (3-1-5-1); Mat Ryan; Bailey Wright, Trent Sainsbury, Matt Jurman; Mile Jedinak; Josh Risdon, Jackson Irvine, Aaron Mooy, Massimo Luongo, Aziz Behich; Tomi Juric.