SOCCEROOS boss Pim Verbeek is taking nothing for granted.Even during the build-up to last weekend’s friendly against the Netherlands, the Dutchman said that tonight’s game was the one that really mattered, insisting he would have been happy to lose to his countrymen if it meant a guaranteed three points against Oman.Thus there are likely to be three changes to the line-up that turned out against the Dutch, with Brett Emerton and Scott Chipperfield in from the start. Carl Valeri, who replaced the injured Vince Grella early in the Dutch game, will also start alongside Jason Culina in the screening midfield berth.The players expected to miss out are Brett Holman (for Emerton) and David Carney. Chipperfield will resume in his regular left-back position and Emerton will occupy the wide right berth in an attacking midfield trio alongside Tim Cahill and Harry Kewell, a position he had made his own over the years until a knee injury forced him out of the game for almost a year.Verbeek is expecting a war of attrition this evening, predicting the Omanis will park the bus on the edge of their penalty area and get 10 men behind the ball to deny Australia time and space to fashion an opening.”I expect them to be well organised in defence and wait for the right moment and try to score a goal from a counter-attack,” Verbeek said yesterday. ”That’s the way Kuwait played in Canberra.”Oman is a very good team, but I think that’s the way they will come; they will be happy with a point. If they win, that will be fantastic for them – [but] we are full of confidence that we can do a job tomorrow. We are focused, we have a good team and a good selection, which we have to show tomorrow.”Verbeek described the Omanis as an ”interesting team” who had taken confidence from their success in the Gulf Cup in January, which they won in a penalty shoot-out against Saudi Arabia – having disposed of Asian Champions Iraq along the way.”Defensively, they are well organised; individually, they have some very skilful players. They will come for a point and will be delighted if they can get three,” he said. ”Their coach [Claude Le Roy] is very experienced … We always bring in a plan A and B and I think our players are always good enough to adapt to whatever will happen.”
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