Australia will be fully rested for next week's 2010 FIFA World Cup South AfricaTM qualifier with Uzbekistan.
The squad, drawn entirely from European clubs, have the rare luxury of a week-long training camp in preparation for Wednesday's match in Sydney.
The Australians are unbeaten and two points clear of Japan at the top of Asian Zone's Group A, and depending on the outcome of results over the coming week, could book their ticket to the world finals.
While the Socceroos have this weekend match-free, Uzbekistan must play Qatar at home before making the long flight to Sydney for the game just days later.
"It's going to be tough for them with the time difference, jet lag and so on, especially after we've had a week here before the game," Switzerland-based defender Scott Chipperfield said. "Hopefully they're a little bit tired."
Midfielder Jason Culina said Australia had been in similar situations to Uzbekistan before. "It's not nice, but that's the way football is," he said.
"We've only got one game to play (this week) and it's at home. We've got time to prepare, get over the jet lag and get used to the conditions. We're looking to be fully fit."