The World Cup 2018 intercontinental play-off between Honduras and Australia remains firmly in the balance following a hard-fought goalless draw in San Pedro Sula on Friday night.
The Socceroos had the better of the chances against Jorge Luis Pinto’s men and, with home advantage in Wednesday’s return leg, Ange Postecoglou’s team will be confident that they can come through the tie to take their place in next summer’s showpiece in Russia.
Australia will hope that former Everton star Tim Cahill, who scored both goals in the Socceroos’ 2-1 home win against Syria in the Asia play-off, is fit to take his place in the team for this match; the veteran striker may be 37, but he remains a pivotal figure for Postecoglou’s charges.
The hosts are chalked up as an 8/13 (1.62) chance with dabblebet to win this tie inside 90 minutes, while the odds compilers offer 13/5 (3.60) that the match remains deadlocked at the end of normal time in Sydney.
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Despite failing to fire in the first leg, Pinto’s men remain firmly in the tie and dabblebet quote 9/2 (5.50) that Honduras claim victory at ANZ Stadium, whilst also available is the price of 12/5 (6.50) on Honduras grabbing the opening goal of the game.
Australia have won four of their last six competitive matches on home soil and although they needed extra-time to see off Syria in their previous play-off encounter, there is plenty of potential for goals as there have been strikes at both ends in each of Australia’s last three World Cup qualifiers on home turf.
Only USA’s Clint Dempsey and Christian Pulisic managed more goals in CONCACAF’S qualification campaign that Honduran duo Romell Quioto and Alberth Elis and, so, despite drawing a blank in San Pedro Sula, Pinto’s team are more than capable of getting amongst the goals.
Friday’s fixture was tight and tense, but there is every chance that the goals will flow in this game and dabblebet’s 23/20 (2.15) quote for goals at both ends could represent best value for punters ahead of Wednesday’s crucial clash; it is worth noting that the selection would have landed in six of Australia’s last eight matches, as well as in four of the last five fixtures that Pinto’s men have fulfilled.