Radomir Antic will be looking for the three points he needs to make it into the last 16 as he readies for an Aussie battle in Nelspruit.
Australia are without the suspended duo of Harry Kewell and Craig Moore, but Tim Cahill returns from a ban. Cahill will take Kewell’s place and coach Pim Verbeek has to choose between Mark Milligan or Michael Beauchamp to replace Moore at centre-back.
Serbia will welcome back Alexsander Lukovic from suspension. Coach Radomir Antic may rest players who are on a yellow card and could face suspension for a potential last 16 match.
Suspended: Kewell & Moore (Australia) One game from suspension: Neill and Valeri (Australia); Ivanovic, Kolarov, Subotic, Vidic, Zigic & Kuzmanovic (Serbia) (BBC Sport)
Australia find themselves with something of a mountain to climb. They must win and then hope for Ghana to beat Germany otherwise Pim Verbeek has to hope for a huge win over Serbia to have any chance of progression. Serbia will be buoyed by their win over Germany and know that the Aussies are without two old hands in Harry Kewell and Craig Moore so may well think this game is there’s to lose.
Highlights of previous World Cup group matches these two have taken part in.
Ghana 1-1 Australia
Germany 0-1 Serbia