Japan will qualify for their sixth successive World Cup finals with victory against Australia in Saitama.
Vahid Halilhodzic's men are top of Group B with just two matches remaining but, following a disappointing 1-1 draw in Tehran during the previous round of fixtures, only victory against the Socceroos will be enough to guarantee that Japan's place in Russia is secure.
A draw or defeat against Australia will almost certainly mean that Japan will require a positive result from their final Group B game - a testing trip to take on Saudi Arabia in Jeddah - if they are to avoid a nerve-shredding play-off tie.
Halilhodzic's side, therefore, will be desperate to make home advantage count here and Japan can be backed at 9/10 (1.90) with MarathonBet to come out on top in this crucial clash at Saitama Stadium.
Australia, though, will represent a stiff test; the Socceroos enjoyed a thrilling 3-2 victory against Saudi Arabia back in June and the visitors would dearly love to pick up all three points on this occasion. MarathonBet offer 16/5 (4.20) that Ange Postecoglou's men achieve that objective, while the same firm go 9/4 (3.25) that these two teams settle for a point apiece - an outcome that could put Saudi Arabia in pole position in a fiercely competitive qualification section.
Between them, these teams have scored an impressive 29 goals in this round of qualifying and, with so much at stake for both nations, there is every chance of a high-scoring encounter when this rivalry is renewed; MarathonBet offer 43/50 (1.86) that there are goals at both ends, while the same firm go 53/50 (2.06) that there are more than two goals scored in the game.
Defensive discipline, however, could hold the key to victory here; Japan have conceded just six goals in Group B so far, while Australia have conceded on only eight occasions in this round of qualifying; furthermore these two teams played out a tense 1-1 draw when their rivalry was last renewed.
The 43/20 (3.15) quote for Japan to win to nil, therefore, could prove popular, while the same firm go 27/5 (6.40) that Postecoglou's men win without conceding; MarathonBet offer 17/20 (1.85) that there are fewer than three goals in the game.
Australia have yet to be beaten in Group B, but the Socceroos have failed to win any of their last three World Cup qualifiers away from home, while Postecoglou's side have won just two of their last 10 matches; Japan, by contrast, have won each of their last three home qualifiers and have been beaten in just two of their last 16 games on their own patch.
Home advantage, then, could help Halilhodzic's men to a vital victory in this one and MarathonBet's 9/10 (1.90) quote for Japan to take all three points in Saitama may offer value.