Fifa World Cup 2014

We are ready to stun the Dutch, says Mathew Leckie

Australia forward believes his team have the speed to keep up with group favourites, the Netherlands

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 June, 2014, 9:53pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 June, 2014, 9:53pm

Australia forward Mathew Leckie believes his side can become the latest to cause an upset when they face a Netherlands team fresh from hammering defending champions Spain 5-1.

The Socceroos desperately need to take something from the game if they are to match their run to the last 16 from 2006 after losing 3-1 to Chile in their opening game.

However, Leckie thinks they showed enough in that game after going down 2-0 inside the first 15 minutes to suggest they can cause the Dutch problems.

We'll definitely hit them in areas they won't expect and hopefully we can be clinical in the opportunities that we get
Mathew Leckie 

"I'm sure Chile didn't expect such a hard game as what they got and Holland, obviously they've now seen that game and they'll probably review it as well.

"But we'll definitely hit them in areas they won't expect and hopefully we can be clinical in the opportunities that we get and we can put a few goals away.

"We'll go out there with our game plan and hopefully we can play as well as we did for that 70 minutes against Chile and I think we'll definitely have our opportunities to win," said Leckie.

Australia's most potent weapon in attack against Chile came from crosses towards Tim Cahill, who became just the eighth player to score in three World Cups with a fine header to bring his side back into the game at 2-1.

And Leckie believes the New York Red Bulls frontman will be the key again.

"We exposed Chile a lot on the wings, we have a lot of speed on the sides and we have Timmy who is one of the best headers in the game, so if we can get into wide areas and get some good crosses in, I think it's going to be tough for any side to stop us."

The Netherlands, though, will be full of confidence after humiliating Spain.

Star duo Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben were on target twice as Louis van Gaal's men ran riot in Salvador, but captain Van Persie was still wary of being too confident.

"The tournament has barely started yet," he said. "We achieved an impressive result, but we have a long way to go. This is my fifth tournament and I know how these things work; the euphoria vanishes just as quickly as it appears."

And the Manchester United striker believes his new boss at club level, Van Gaal, will be prepared for the very different task offered by Australia.

"I've seen the spectacular footage and images from the celebrations across the world and that makes me so proud," he said.

"However, as I said, those were only the first three points. Now the focus is on Australia and I think that will be completely different to the game against Spain."

Van Gaal is expected to name the same side who started against Spain but with Wesley Sneijder joining the attack.

Australia boss Ange Postecoglou will be forced into at least one change from an injury suffered by Ivan Franjic, with former Heart of Midlothian defender Ryan McGowan set to deputise.