World Cup '18: Australia v Honduras Betting Offers & Tips
Australia vs. Honduras – The Road to World Cup 2018 in Russia
Australia headed to Honduras ahead of the first leg of their World Cup playoff qualifier with a very clear plan in mind.
The Socceroos knew the bare minimum goal was to keep the tie alive ahead of the return fixture in Sydney, especially as Honduras players had been talking about killing the tie while they had home advantage.
Ange Postecoglou, who could well leave his job as Australia manager no matter the outcome of the tie, had a big task on his hands in terms of motivation and organisation but he and his players rose to the challenge admirably as they secured a hard fought 0-0 draw in San Pedro Sula.
The bookies now rate the Socceroos’ chances of qualifying for the World Cup as short as $1.40 but Postecoglou knows anything less than a similarly committed performance will likely see them disappointed at ANZ Stadium.
Size of the Task Will Motivate Socceroos to Cross the Line
Having feared the worst for the first leg, some Australia fans actually felt a little disappointed that the Socceroos did not return home with a goal or two’s advantage in the tie.
The quality of the pitch at the Estadio Olimpico helped Australia to take the sting out of the game but they deserve congratulations for the way they kept Honduras at bay. The job now switches to taking a more assertive, attacking approach to secure the win that would take Australia to a fourth straight World Cup finals.
With much better playing conditions in Sydney, the support of a big crowd and the prize of doing battle against the world’s best, Australia should be able to get the job done.
You can back Australia to qualify but we fancy the home side to secure get it done in style so back the Socceroos to win at a best price of $1.61 with Sportsbet.
We also think that Australia will be able to get the job done without too much fuss. Truth be told there was very little about the way Honduras played in the first leg that will worry the Australian fans.
The Hondurans are not without quality in attacking positions but combined together they are unlikely to trouble Australia’s well organised defence. So, as well as backing the Socceroos to win, bet on them to keep a clean sheet at $1.83 with Bet365.
Veteran Cahill Still Vital to His Country
Australian sporting history is full of men and women who put their bodies on the line for their country. Tim Cahill is one such sportsman who is willing to do whatever it takes to secure success on the international stage as he proved by travelling to Honduras despite still suffering the effects of an ankle injury.
Having scored both goals in the previous round’s win over Syria, Cahill was desperate to contribute again but Postecoglou took the wise decision to keep the 37-year-old on the bench.
Cahill, who has become something of a statesman when it comes to the Socceroos, claims that he is now fit and raring to go from the off at ANZ Stadium. It’s unlikely that he’ll start the game but even coming off the bench, Cahill poses a big threat to the Honduras goal so bet on him to score any time at $2.87 with Bet365.
Mile Jedinak is another player worth backing to score at $4.50 with Sportsbet. The Socceroos captain will be on penalty duties and when he steps up, he rarely misses from the spot.
Australia vs. Honduras Top Betting Tips
Australia to win at $1.61 with Sportsbet
Australia to keep a clean sheet at $1.83 with Bet365
Tim Cahill to score at $2.87 with Bet365
Mile Jedinak to score at $4.50 with Sportsbet