Tue, Nov 14, 2:25pm by Head Editor
Online bookmaker Sportsbet reported on Tuesday morning that they had received a bet of $25,175 bet on Australia at $1.41 on Australia to qualify for the World Cup for the fourth time in a row.
The bet, which would see the punter collect a profit of $10,321, should the Socceroos get the job done, has seen the hosts firm into $1.35 to secure their path to Russia 2018.
The confident punter is not the only one who’s expecting an Aussie victory, with Sportsbet announcing that 95% of the money that they hold in this market, is on the Socceroos.
The biggest single bet on Honduras is just $150, and as a result the visitors have drifted out to $3 from $2.20 to secure their place at the world’s biggest sporting event for the third consecutive time.
An Aussie win inside the 90 minutes is paying $1.57 and Honduras as the $6.50 outsiders, while a draw is will give you a return of $3.75.
Sportsbet’s Christian Jantzen said “for every dollar we’ve taken on Honduras, we’ve seen 35 placed on the Aussies to get to Russia, so it doesn’t get much more one-sided than this as far as betting is concerned.”
The Socceroos landed at midday on Sunday, and the full squad – including Tim Cahill – trained at ANZ Stadium on Monday. Cahill is expected to be start in what will be his 104th match for the green and gold, and one of the most important his beloved Roos.
Despite arriving more than 24 hours after Australia, Honduras also trained at the Olympic Stadium, and the first run on Aussie soil didn’t go without drama, when the team’s officials filmed a drone flying above the venue.
The Honduran football association, FENAFUTH, were quick to accuse Football Federation Australia (FFA) of spying, but it turns out that it was a father and son playing with a new toy.
The crowd is expected to be a sellout of around 82,000 for Australia’s biggest qualifier since that famous night in November of 2005, when a John Aloisi penalty saw the Aussies go through to the World Cup for the first time since 1974.
Australia v Honduras – To qualify for the World Cup
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