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Australia vs Honduras (2nd leg) Preview

It’s do-or-die! Football Alive provides a thorough preview of tonight’s must-win clash for the Socceroos. Enjoy our article and make sure you’re cheering on the Roos!

Where: Stadium Australia (ANZ Stadium), Sydney, Australia

When: Kick-Off 8:00pm AEDT

TV: Live from 7:30pm AEDT on Channel 9 and 7:00pm AEDT on Fox Sports 501

Odds to qualify for the World Cup: Australia $1.35, Honduras $3.05 (Sportsbet)

Weather: A humid but dry spring night, with an expected temperature of 20° at KO

Equation: A Socceroos win, of by scoreline, will see Australia progress. Likewise, a Honduras win, by any scoreline, will see the South Americans seal a World Cup place. A 0-0 draw and the game will progress to extra-time and then, should it remain scoreless, to penalties. A score draw (1-1, 2-2, 3-3…) will see Honduras off to Russia on the away goals rule.

AUSTRALIA

Squad

Form (from most to least recent)

D 0-0 v Honduras (A)

W 2-1 v Syria (H) (AET)

D 1-1 v Syria (Malaysia)

W 2-1 Thailand (H)

L 0-2 v Japan (A)

HONDURAS

Squad

Form (from most to least recent)

D 0-0 v Australia (H)

W 3-2 v Mexico (H)

D 1-1 v Costa Rica (A)

D 1-1 v USA (H)

W 2-1 v Trinidad and Tobago (A)

Prediction

The first leg was a scrappy affair, but a game which Australia dominated. The Socceroos had a multitude of chances to get an away win, and successfully kept Honduras at bay, apart from a big chance on the counter towards the end of the match. Honduras’ counter-attacking ability will keep the Socceroos on their toes, as one goal from the South Americans will see Australia suddenly needing two in reply. However, Australia’s back three put in a magnificent shift in the first leg, and expect them to be even more resolute in Sydney, with Milos Degenek likely to come in for Bailey Wright. The probable inclusion of Tom Rogic and Aaron Mooy in the side will result in plenty of balls fed through to both talisman Tim Cahill up front, and Matt Leckie on the wing, who will return to the side after a one-game suspension. Australia’s midfield quartet will find the Sydney pitch much more welcoming than San Pedro Sula’s ‘cow paddock’, and as a result they’ll be in a better position to control the game and assert Australia’s dominance. Timmy was the saviour against Syria and he may well be again tonight, as he seeks to match Thierry Henry’s 51 national-team goals. It will be a tight and tense night, but hopefully one that ends in triumph for Australia.

 

Australia 2-0 Honduras

 

Socceroos Highlights Over the Years

(In chronological order, apart from the highlights of the first leg against Honduras)

 

 

 

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