Japan-Australia Betting Preview: Determined Socceroos can prove a point

Alberto Zaccheroni's men need just one point to ensure their qualification for World Cup 2014 but our tipster believes that Holger Osiek's side will push them all the way here
The race to qualify for World Cup 2014 is sure to heat up this week and there is a crunch clash in Group B of the Asia qualifiers on Tuesday when Japan play host to Australia.

Alberto Zaccheroni’s Japan can secure their place in Rio if they can avoid defeat to the Socceroos in Saitama and the hosts are chalked up as 5/6 (1.83) favourites with bet365 to qualify in style by claiming all three points from this encounter.

For Holger Osiek’s men, three points are vital as they are caught in an intense battle with Jordan to claim the final automatic qualification berth and bet365 offer a juicy 16/5 (4.20) that the Socceroos emerge victorious. The draw is available at a tempting 5/2 (3.50) with the same firm.

The match ended in a 1-1 draw when these sides met in Brisbane last summer and it is worth noting that should Tuesday’s encounter end goalless, bet365 will refund all correct score, half-time/full-time and scorecast bets placed prior to kick-off.

It is likely to be a nervy fixture, with plenty at stake for both sides and it is, therefore, unsurprising that bet365 go just 8/13 (1.62) that fewer than three goals are scored when the two sides go head-to-head on Tuesday.

Japan have been in imperious form on home turf in qualifying thus far, having taken maximum points from their three home fixtures and scoring 10 goals without reply so it is clear that Zaccheroni’s side will fancy their chances of victory.

However, nerves could well play a part and should the hosts fluff their lines, a doggedly determined Australia side are capable of taking something here.

With that in mind, the draw at 5/2 (3.50) with bet365 looks to represent outstanding value while those seeking to back bigger prices should snap up the 11/2 (6.50) quote from the same firm for a repeat of last year’s 1-1 draw between the sides this time around.

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Draw at 5/2 (3.50) with bet365
1-1 Draw at 11/2 (6.50) with bet365

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter