http://www.foxsports.com.au/football/ru ... 7302599792TRIPS to remote Asian countries and games against war-ravaged nations loom for the Socceroos as the road to Russia 2018 becomes clearer on Tuesday night.
The UAE, Uzbekistan, China and Iraq are the other nations ranked in Pot 1 alongside the Socceroos.
Pot 2 (Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Jordan, Bahrain, Vietnam, Syria and Kuwait) is made up of many AFC qualifying stalwarts, while there could be some banana skin trips in Pot 3 that includes Afghanistan, Philippines, Palestine, Maldives, Thailand, Tajikistan, Lebanon and India.
Socceroos travel to Russia via Asia.
Pots 4 (Timor-Leste, Kyrgyzstan, DPR Korea, Myanmar, Turkmenistan, Indonesia, Singapore and Bhutan) and 5 (Malaysia, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Yemen, Guam, Laos, Cambodia and Chinese Taipei)
There is talk of Adelaide getting a game in the future but at this stage only Perth is assured a game. Although that is against a Pot 5 side so I would expect Adelaide to get a more meaningful match later on which would be worthy of using Adelaide Oval.The 2018 World Cup qualifiers double up as the passage to the 2019 Asian Cup in the UAE.