Australia V Lebanon Soccer Betting Tips
The Socceroos get their last warmup before the 2019 Asian Cup when they face Lebanon in an international friendly at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The match will be an emotional one for the home crowd, with hometown hero Tim Cahill to come off the bench for his 108th and final appearance in green and gold.
Arnolds Wants More Goals from Socceroos
Australia are a 1.22 favourite to defeat Lebanon at Unibet, despite coach Graham Arnold’s worries over his strikers’ accuracy. Arnold said he would send his strikers back to their clubs with instructions on “finishing practice” after the Socceroos drew 1-1 with South Korea in Brisbane on Saturday despite leading 22-4 in shots on goal. The Socceroos put 9 of their shots on target, but would have lost if not for a 94th minute equalizer from Massimo Luongo – the player of the tournament at the last Asian Cup in 2015.
Arnold will again go in with a 4-3-3 combination but will be forced to shuffle around his forward three players, given Robbie Kruse and Tom Rogic have been ruled out with minor injuries. Arnold played Kruse, Jamie Maclaren, and Mathew Leckie up front against the Koreans. 25-year-old Hiberian striker Maclaren has taken just 3 shots in 7 matches for the Socceroos – none of them on target. But Arnold defended Maclaren after the Korea game, saying he pressured the opposition and acted as “our first line of defence”, and that it would take time for him and his teammates to find the right rhythm. Neds is offering odds of 2.15 for Maclaren to score against Lebanon and 4.7 for him to be the first goal scorer.
Can Super Tim Cahill Score One More Time?
A large crowd will be out in force to see Tim Cahill make his last appearance for the Socceroos. Cahill has scored 50 goals for the Australian national team – more than any other player in Australian soccer history – including 5 at World Cups in 2006, 2010, and 2014. He’ll come on as a substitute, and while he won’t join the team at the 2019 Asian Cup, this might be one last opportunity for him to teach something to his younger teammates and net a 51st and final goal for the Socceroos.
The bookies are offering some enticing odds on a Cahill scoring fest, with Palmerbet quoting 2.30 on him scoring during the match, 5.00 on him scoring the final goal of the match, and a tempting 34.00 on him scoring a hat-trick.
After a frustrating match against South Korea, many pundits are picking the Aussies to release the valve against 121st-ranked Lebanon. Topbetta is offering odds of 1.84 on the Socceroos to win and for 3 or more goals to be scored in the match, and odds of 3.05 on the Socceroos to win and at least 4 goals to be scored in the match.