Bailey Wright says the Socceroos shouldn't feel pressure but take advantage of a "great opportunity" when they take on Iraq and the UAE in their next World Cup qualifiers.
Australian meet Iraq in Tehran on Thursday before facing the UAE in Sydney on March 28. The Socceroos are in third spot in Group B, a point behind leaders Saudi Arabia and second-placed Japan.
Only the top two teams in the Group qualify for Russia and there are five more matches to be played.
Australia are in need of a victory after three draws in their past three games.
But defender Wright is looking at the next two qualifiers as an opportunity, not as pressure-cookers.
"It's two big games coming up for us but I don't think we should feel pressure, it's another great opportunity for us," the 24-year old told FourFourTwo.
"Any away game is going to throw its challenges at you and will be difficult, but we have faced some difficult away games and should have an idea of what to expect.
"It will be unusual with it not being a home venue for either team, but we will focus on our game and go from there."
Three of the Socceroos next five qualifiers are on Australian soil. Wright believes that home advantage will be crucial in the battle for World Cup qualification.
"Our home games are very important and will give us a bg boost playing in front of a home crowd," the Bristol City centre back said.