World Cup qualifying stats: Australia v Saudi Arabia

We crunch the numbers to find out all the key stats ahead of the Caltex Socceroos clash with Saudi Arabia.
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The Caltex Socceroos have excellent pass accuracy. In fact, at 82% theirs is the best in both World Cup qualifying groups in Asia heading into Thursday night's qualifier with Saudi Arabia.

The sides meet in a crucial World Cup qualifier at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday night. 

How do they match up in key areas of goals, shooting, passing, fouls, defence, tackling and discipline?

We crunch the numbers to find out…

Caltex Socceroos goals breakdown

GOALS

Saudi Arabia have found the net 13 times, while the Caltex Socceroos have scored 11 goals.

Japan have the most goals in Group B with 14.

Both Australia and Saudi Arabia have scored the first goal in their games five times.

Trent Sainsbury celebrates scoring against Saudi Arabia with Tom Rogic and Tomi Juric.

SHOOTING

Australia’s players have fired off 73 shots in their seven Group B matches, 33 of which have been on target.

By contrast, Saudi Arabia have fashioned just 55 goal-bound efforts, with only 22 of those troubling the opposition goalkeeper.

PASSING

The Caltex Socceroos have played by far the most passes in Group B with 4025.

Saudi Arabia are second, but with nearly 450 fewer passes, having made 3577 so far.

Australia’s passing accuracy is also the best in Group B (and in fact top equal across both Asian groups) with 82%.

Their Adelaide opponents find their target with 79% of their passes.

Brad Smith tries to block the passage of Saudi Arabia's Saudi's Nawaf Alabid in Jeddah.

DEFENCE

Saudi Arabia are the equal best defensive side in Group B, conceding just five goals.

Australia though have conceded just six times in their seven matches.

The Saudis have kept four clean sheets, compared to Australia’s three.

And the Saudi Arabian goalkeepers have been busier, making 20 saves, while Australia’s custodians have been called upon 17 times.

TACKLES

The Caltex Socceroos have made 121 tackles, slightly more than Saudi Arabia’s 117.

However, the Saudis have a 77% success rate, compared to Australia’s 76%.

Caltex Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak battles for possession in the previous qualifier against Saudi Arabia, which ended 2-2.

FOULS

Australia have conceded 114 fouls in their seven Group B games, more than any side in either group.

By contrast, Saudi Arabia have drawn the referee’s whistle just 72 times.

Meanwhile, Australia’s players have been fouled 80 times, compared to 88 infringements on the Saudi Arabians.

Australia’s attackers have been called offside 16 times, compared to 12 for Saudi Arabia.

DISCIPLINE

Australian players have been booked 11 times in their seven encounters while Saudi Arabian players have received ten yellow cards.

yellow card

However, Saudi Arabia have had a man sent off, while Australia have yet to receive a red card in Group B so far.

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This article was originally published at: http://www.socceroos.com.au/article/fifa-world-cup-qualifying-stats-caltex-socceroos-v-saudi-arabia/qli6arhp7oz313jrq1rvmr9qg.