Good evening and welcome to another Guardian minute-by-minute extravaganza. Tonight we bring you Australia vs Lebanon from Sydney (AKA the Tim Cahill Testimonial). Kick-off is scheduled for 7.30pm local time (8am GMT).
Tonight’s match contains two clear narratives. The first, and most sporting, is this is Australia’s final scheduled warm-up fixture before January’s Asian Cup. After selecting his best XI on Saturday against South Korea, Graham Arnold is expected to shuffle his pack a bit more and cast his eye over some fringe selections before naming his squad for the UAE.
Tom Rogic and Robbie Kruse have been given the night off meaning there’ll be at least two new starters. Rogic’s place is surely under no threat but if Kruse’s understudy catches the eye they could well force their way into contention for a starting berth. Awer Mabil has impressed in the past two friendlies, and Martin Boyle looked lively on debut while even Craig Goodwin comes into the reckoning tonight. Then there’s the issue of who plays up front, which brings us on to...
The second major talking point - the farewell cap afforded to Tim Cahill, Australia’s record goalscorer. How much time the veteran receives on the pitch and how much impact he has remains to be seen, but it is a warm gesture to hand the greatest Socceroo a moment of acknowledgement. (We can get into a debate about the merits of these farewell appearances later - I don’t have a strong opinion on the matter, and I certainly don’t object to a special case being made for a player of Cahill’s contribution.)
There’s plenty to chat about if you want to get in touch: the Asian Cup squad, Arnie’s tactics, Cahill, the FFA AGM, and much more besides. To have your say please send tweets to @JPHowcroft and emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.