Australia vs Syria Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification

9th October 2017 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

The national soccer team of Syria has managed to pull a country together through belief. Against all of the odds that they have faced, they are just three games away from playing at the World Cup. They played out a 1-1 draw with Australia in this AFC play off first leg last week but they now have a tough task of finding a way to get throughout on the road. Australia are firm favourites to get the win and move through to the inter-continental play off round against the fourth placed team from CONCACAF (North and Central America).

Australia vs Syria Odds

Australia 1/3, Draw 15/4, Syria 9/1

Australia vs Syria Betting Tips

What a story, what a journey it has been for Syria in their World Cup qualifying campaign. They weren’t given much of a chance in their group, but they showed tremendous heart to battle through to third place and reach this play off round in the AFC. In their final group stage match against Iran, an equaliser deep into stoppage time by Omar Al Somah got Syria the point that they needed to get through. It was Al Somah who was the hero of the first leg in the play offs against Australia too as he netted a late penalty kick to give them a 1-1 draw at home. So that keeps their hopes alive as they head off to Australia in midweek.

Actually, Syria had a chance to wrap up the game with a win but a stunning save from Australia keeper Matthew Ryan denied them. Syria did give up a lot of possession in the match to Australia, but they hung in there and took a share of the spoils. But this now is a very tough away game for them. Both teams to score in the second leg at bet365 is a price of 6/5 and while it has been some journey for Syria, their underdog story may come to an end here. Even if it does they can hold their heads high, for a country who has no home in Syria because of the six-year war in the country and having no funding because of sanctions and having to play home games in Malaysia, it is remarkable that they have gotten this far.

So Australia will feel that they are in control of this with the second leg at home. They controlled possession in the first leg but were matched pretty much in terms of shots on target by Syria. Australia were left a little disappointed in their group stage campaign, finishing third only behind Japan and Saudi Arabia with a W5 D4 L1 record. But home soil here could be a big factor as they were unbeaten on home soil in the group stage. Tomi Juric hit the post twice in that first leg and the Australian is the 3/1 first goalscorer favourite at bet365, while the Socceroos are even money to win to nil with the bookmaker as well. In the bet365 correct score market in Australia 2-0 result looks decent enough at 9/2.


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