World Cup Playoffs: Honduras v Australia Betting Offers and Tips
The World Cup playoffs provide some of the most exciting matches in international soccer for fans. For players and coaches though, they are some of the most testing matches of their career.
Teams either head into the playoffs on the back of a strong run of form or having missed out on an automatic qualification spot. It’s very much a case of the latter for Honduras and Australia.
Both teams have to rely on the intercontinental playoffs as they missed out on automatic qualification by goal difference.
The Socceroos have at least come through a playoff round already thanks to a narrow victory over Syria. They are the bookies’ favourites to come through the two-legged tie but that could change should they get the heavy beating that the Honduras players are targeting.
Goals Expected in a Tough Night for the Socceroos
As tough as this trip is going to be for Australia, Honduras know that the return leg in Sydney will be equally tough for them. Therefore, they must make the most of the first leg while they have home advantage.
That home advantage makes Honduras the narrow favourites for the match but will the attacking approach they’re set to take hurt their chances?
We’ve seen a combative approach take Honduras to the last two World Cup finals but giving away the game plan ahead of such a crucial match is rarely a good idea.
The Socceroos know they’ll be under the cosh and can prepare appropriately. Ange Postecoglou has developed a reputation for springing a tactical surprise and with his supposed desire to impress the Rangers hierarchy for a job in Scotland, he’ll have no problem doing something out of the ordinary.
This is setting up to be an entertaining game even if it will be hard to watch at times. So, the first betting recommendation we have to is to bet on over 2.5 goals at $2.38 with Palmerbet.
As for the match itself, it’s a very tough one to call. Australia will be happy with anything from a win to a narrow defeat to keep the tie alive whereas Honduras are set to go all out for a convincing victory.
In the end, the best betting option could be to eschew the match odds market and instead bet on Australia to qualify at $1.90 with Centrebet.
Routes to Profit from an Attacking Honduran Performance
Even without betting on the winner of the match there are a few ways we can try to secure some profit from what is expected to be an attacking, aggressive Honduras performance.
Australia know they’ll have to defend well, maintain their levels of concentration and be prepared for periods in which they’re out of the match.
As Honduras pile forwards they’ll likely get chances from set-pieces. So, have a bet on the home team having the most corners at $1.53 with William Hill.
There’s also the distinct chance that Postecoglou with fight fire with fire by drafting in combative players of his own.
Mile Jedinak was in the squad against Syria and he’ll have an important role to play in midfield again. The Aston Villa midfielder takes no prisoners and, along with his fellow midfielders, he’ll have to put in the odd tasty tackle to stop Honduras attacks.
That makes a bet on an Australian player being shown the first yellow card look tempting at $1.62 with Sportsbet.
Can Lozano Match His Words With Actions?
Of all the Honduras players talking to the press in the lead up to the game, Anthony Lozano has been perhaps the most vociferous.
The Barcelona B striker spoke of “killing [Australia] off” so there’s no doubting his motivation for Friday night’s game.
Lozano is in good form having scored for his club side on the weekend and he could be the first Honduras player to find the net against Australia at $5.50 with Sportsbet.
Top Betting Tips
Over 2.5 goals at $2.38 with Palmerbet
Australia to qualify at $1.90 with Centrebet
Honduras to have most corners at $1.53 with William Hill
First team booking – Australia at $1.62 with Sportsbet
Anthony Lozano to score first for Honduras at $5.50 with Sportsbet