It all comes down to this. One game to decide whether Australia head to Russia in 2018 to compete in their fourth consecutive World Cup. Here’s how we see the second leg going down.
Australia v Honduras
The Socceroos are certainly no strangers to do or die clashes on home soil and they’ll no doubt go into this clash with Honduras at ANZ Stadium full of confidence after grinding out a 0-0 draw in San Pedro Sula.
Honduras were extremely disappointing on home soil and despite the game being a draw, it’s safe to say that the result was more of a product of the Socceroos not inept finishing rather than dogged defending from the hosts. Fortunately for the Central Americans, they know that an away goal will put them in the box position and you can certainly expect them to push forward in search of that especially with the return of winger Alberth Elis from suspension.
The Socceroos also get some key pieces back for this clash with Mark Milligan and winger Matthew Leckie returning from suspension and expected to start. Coach Ange Postecoglou has already stated that his side at home, will get on the front foot and look to score early and take a stranglehold of this tie. Sure, Australia has struggled in front of goal of late but they are due some luck and an early goal to either team will blow this tie wide open and should cater to an end to end contest.
Australia have drawn their past three WCQ matches and Honduras are undefeated in their past six matches but something will have to give here and we’re confident it will end in goals.
Prediction: Over 2.5 goals @ $2.25