Tue, Sep 5, 10:13am by Head Editor
Melbourne’s AAMI Park is the scene on Tuesday night for the most important Qualifier this decade, when the Socceroos take on Thailand.
Australia are $1.06 for the win, but the result of this match is not all that is in play here, with the Aussies needing to better Saudi Arabia’s result against Japan, which kicks off five and a half hours after the final whistle goes in this one.
If the Socceroos do not achieve that, then they’ll be forced to enter a two-legged play-off against the third placed team from the other Asian group, the winner of which heads into a clash with the fourth ranked team from CONCACAF for a place in Russia.
This tricky situation that the Aussies find themselves in has come about because of Thursday’s loss to Japan, which assured the Blue Samarui a spot in next year’s World Cup, and leaves both the Saudis and the Aussies in a desperate scrap to scure one of the two automatic spots.
Thailand have only picked up two points in their Qualifying campaign, but one of those did come against the green and gold, when they achieved a 2-2 result in Bangkok in November. $26 is the quote for the War Elephants to get all three points, and break Aussie hearts.
Aaron Mooy is set to return to the line-up, after he missed the match in Saitama due to illness, while the word from the Aussie camp is that Tomi Juric may also join him in the starting 11.
The weather is expected to be very cool for this time of year, which around seven degrees forecast for kick-off. This will not suit the visitors, who are used to year-round temperatures of mid to late twenties.
These teams have met four times, with the Aussies winning three, before November’s draw. We’re taking the hosts to pour on the goals, which will leave qualification in the hands of the Blue Samurai.
Suggested Bet: Australia to cover the handicap (-3,0): $2
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