At an online press conference on Monday, Park praised the rivals' capacity, highlighting their powerful attacks. He added during their eight qualifying matches, Australia scored 28 times and conceded only two goals.
Park faces a problem when key defender Do Duy Manh was sidelined because of a red card against Saudi Arabia last week. Defender Tran Dinh Trong will be also on the bench as he suffered a thigh injury during the match.
|The Vietnamese team (Source: VNA)
Previously, full-back Doan Van Hau missed out because he had not recovered from a knee injury. Park has called-up defender Tran Van Kien to strengthen his defence against Australia. He also called-up striker Nguyen Cong Phuong to train with the team after he withdrew from the first match to welcome his baby son. However, due to difficulties travelling during the pandemic, Phuong may not compete against the Socceroos.
Also on Monday, the coach announced a list of the 23 players for the match at the My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi.
Australian coach Graham Arnold said his team respects all opponents and is ready for the match.
The match will be officiated by Abdulrahman Ibrahim Al-Jassim of Qatar and will kick-off at 7pm and air on VTV6.