Australia vs Honduras Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification

13th November 2017 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions
World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions

This has now boiled down to just a one match play off between Australia and Honduras to get to the World Cup 2018. That is because they played out a 0-0 draw in Honduras in the first leg so really the advantage now shifts to the Australians on home soil. They looked the better of the two and the most likely of them to strike a place at the World Cup from here now. Home advantage can count for a lot in tight situations like this and that is where the Socceroos are at now.

Australia vs Honduras Odds

Australia vs Honduras Betting Tips

The inter-confederation World Cup play off is still alive for both nations. There was a 0-0 draw in San Pedro Sula between them on Friday in a game of little quality and excitement. But of the two, Australia had more about them and created the better chances, but they are a side who are just struggling to find any real quality in the final third of the pitch at the moment. There’s not a tremendous amount of quality in attack for them. Add in the pressure of the situation it is likely that this game will go under 2.5 goals which is a price of 8/13 at bet365 and under 1.5 goals isn’t without its appeal at 2/1. The Socceroos missed a host of chances and ended up struggling in their AFC play off round against Syria because of it.

Australia have drawn each of their last three games (90 minutes) and have picked up just the one win in their last nine internationals and that was a victory over Thailand in the group stage of qualification. The Socceroos are W1 D5 L3 in their last nine matches. It’s not been particular positive form from them, but they are a hard working unit and look pretty fit and energetic. Most likely for them to find the back of the net is Tomi Juric who is a 13/10 anytime goalscorer favourite for the match. Tim Cahill, who got the crucial winner against Syria and who flew to Honduras in a compression boot to try and heal himself, is a 7/4 option.

Australia have collected only two clean sheets in twelve games during the 2017 calendar year, but even with that said, after what was seen in the first leg of this play off, they can hold out on home soil in the game at the back and there is price of 11/8 at bet365 on Australia to win to nil. The Aussies were out in Russia in the summer as they played in the Confederations Cup as AFC Champions and lost 3-2 to Germany while drawing 1-1 with both Cameroon and Chile. An Australia 1-0 correct score at bet365 is a price of 9/2, the shortest option in the market.

Honduras were poor in that first leg, they didn’t take the chance on home soil to take this to Australia. It’s just a lack of general overall quality there from them. If Australia were better in the final third, Honduras would be out of this already. They are struggling for good form as well but have at least been hard to beat. They have gone W2 D3 L1 in their last six games and only squeezed into the play off place in CONCACAF through the final round of qualifiers. It was a nail biting finish after a poor campaign.

Earlier this year Honduras produced a run of form where they failed to score in four of their last five games but have netted in four of their last five now. Home advantage has gone for them and they didn’t show much promise of really hurting the Australians. Their World Cup hopes may come to an end and look for Australia to take it 1-0.

 



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