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The Socceroos will finalise their AFC Asian Cup 2023 preparation with a friendly against Bahrain on January 7 (AEDT) prior to the main tournament.

It will be the last hit out for Graham Arnold’s men prior to the commencement of the main tournament in Qatar, with Australia facing India on January 13 (AEDT).

In preparation for the Asian Cup, which begins later this month, Bahrain and Australia will battle in a friendly on Saturday at Baniyas Stadium in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Bahrainis lost their final encounter of 2023, 2-0, versus the UAE, while the Socceroos ended the year with three successive triumphs, defeating Palestine in November 1-0.

The clash at Baniyas Stadium kicks off at 1:00am on Sunday, 7 January (AEDT) and will be the sixth meeting between the two nations, while serving as a chance to fine tune things ahead of the tournament proper commencing a week later.

Graham Arnold named a strong 26-player squad for the tournament with the Aussies determined to win the men’s competition for a second time.