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Socceroos heavy favourite against Thailand in crucial Qualifier

Mon, Nov 14, 12:15pm by Head Editor

Preview: Thailand v Australia

Asian World Cup Qualifier

Date and Time: Tuesday November 15, 11:00pm AEDT

Venue: King Abdullah Sports City, Bangkok, Thailand

TV: Fox Sports

Following draws with both Saudi Arabia and Japan, Australia’s 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign is now on a knife’s edge. November the 15th could prove a pivotal night for Group B with Saudi Arabia’s clash with Japan on the same night.

Australia deserve to go into this clash as clear favourites, but breaking down the Thailand defence will be easier said than done. The hosts lost 2-0 to Japan in their only home qualifier this campaign but were far from disgraced.

The Socceroos know that a win over Thailand, coupled with a home win for Japan will see them end the year on top of the group and in a good place with five qualifying matches remaining.

Off the pitch, it’s hardly the perfect time to be travelling to the capital of Thailand as King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the age of 88 on the 13th of October which sent the country into a state of depression. Australian supporters have been warned to show respect as the government has called on the country to avoid ‘joyful events’ for 30 days and to dress in mourning for a year.

Thailand’s national team, the War Elephants, have been offered a reward of $400,000 should they cause a massive upset by winning this game and putting a huge dent in Australia’s chances of qualifying for Russia 2018.

In selection news, Brisbane Roar striker Jamie McLaren likely to start up front in the absence of the injured Tomi Juric and Tim Cahill who has been left out of the team.

Australia and Thailand have played three times with the green and gold saluting on each occasion but it has been far from smooth sailing. Especially the last time they met during when a late Brett Holman goal was all that separated the two teams.

Australia have shown throughout their time in Asia that they struggle to score goals when teams simply sit back and defend and I expect this to be a low-scoring affair.

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