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Socceroos to squeeze past Syria and advance to CONCACAF playoff

Mon, Oct 9, 4:34pm by Head Editor

PREVIEW: WORLD CUP QUALIFIER

Australia v Syria

Date and Time: Tuesday October 10, 8pm AEST

Venue: ANZ Stadium

TV: Channel 9, Fox Sports

After securing a crucial away goal on Thursday night, the Socceroos find themselves in the box seat to move through to an Inter-Continental Playoff with either Panama or Honduras, but first they must take care of Syria in Sydney on Tuesday.

The Aussies have not lost a game at home this campaign – winning four and drawing one against Japan – which has seen them installed at the short-priced quote of $1.14 to get the win within the 90 minutes.

Syria have collected just four points from their five away games, which sees a large quote of $9.50 on offer for them to cause a huge upset, and break Australian hearts.

Having scored the all-important goal in the first-leg, Robbie Kruse is at $2.50 to hit the back of the net again, just behind favourite Tom Juric ($1.80) who hit the woodwork twice in one play on Thursday.

Australia’s greatest ever goal scorer Tim Cahill has been named to return to the line-up, which has seen his quote to score come into second favouritism $2.10

The Qasioun Eagles got back into the tie with a penalty six minutes from time when Mat Leckie was adjudged to have fouled Omar Al Soma inside the penalty box, a call that has received widespread criticism, especially from this part of the world.

Whether it was a penalty or not, Al Soma tucked it away nicely past Australian shot-stopper Mat Ryan, and no one can begrudge the Syrians of an equaliser as they dominated the last 30 minutes of play.

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has come under intense media scrutiny for continuing to play three at the back, and even though he’s already announced that he’ll be stepping down after this World Cup cycle, the Melbourne-born boss will not be changing his system now.

All signs point to a tight contest here, Syria have conceded more than one goal just once away from this campaign, so they do hold up defensively. With that in mind, the $6 on offer for a 1-0 win to Australia looks value.

Suggested Bet: Take Australia to win 1-0 in the correct score market: $6


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