Kuwait v Australia Friendly Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - New era begins for Socceroos

Gary Emmerson 14 Oct 2018
  • Graham Arnold takes charge for first game
  • Socceroos building towards 2019 Asian Cup
Graham Arnold

A new era begins for Australia when Graham Arnold takes charge of the Socceroos as he kicks off a second stint as national team coach in a friendly against Kuwait on Monday (Tuesday AEDT).

Arnold takes the top job for a second time, replacing Bert Van Marwijk who led the Socceroos during the 2018 World Cup, and will be bidding to avoid a repeat of the defeat he suffered at the hands of Kuwait during his first spell charge.

Match Preview


The Socceroos start their preparations for the 2019 Asian Cup when they take on Kuwait in a friendly at Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium.

The game will be the first of new coach Graham Arnold's second spell in charge of the Socceroos after the former Sydney FC boss was appointed to replace Bert Van Marwijk.

Arnold's first reign included an embarrassing 2-0 loss at the hands of Kuwait and he will be hoping for a better outcome from what is the first of three friendlies during the rest of 2018 in the lead up to the 2019 Asian Cup in the UAE.

Australia acquitted themselves well at the 2018 World Cup in the group of death, losing 2-1 to eventual champions France and drawing 1-1 with Denmark before ending qualification with a 2-0 loss at the hands of Peru.

The Kuwait friendly marks a fresh start and comes with the promises of a more attacking Socceroos side, which will feature some new faces with Thomas Deng, Denis Genreau, Awer Mabil, Martin Boyle and Kenny Dougall all called up for the first time.

Kuwait come into the game on the back of a 1-0 win over Lebanon in a friendly on Friday when Fayal Sayed’s 81st-minute strike was enough to seal the victory.

Match Odds


Kuwait - $6.00
Australia - $1.53
Draw - $3.60

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