Australia vs Nepal Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

The Socceroos are huge favourites against their lowly opponents and while they should win we are opposing a goal-fest at GIO Stadium on Thursday

Australia will look for their second win in World Cup qualifying this Thursday when they welcome Nepal to Canberra.

The Socceroos got their campaign off to a winning start last month overcoming Kuwait 3-0, and Graham Arnold's side are clear favorites to record another win.

Their opponents this week are a Nepal side who themselves were beaten 7-0 by Kuwait in their opening clash in Group B and the visitors to the capital are likely to struggle once more.

Latest odds

Nepal did end a seven match winless streak in their last game by overcoming Chinese Taipei, but they are rank outsiders to pick up three points on Thursday.

Sportsbet price an away victory at 126.00 with a home win at 1.01 and the draw at 23.00.

Australia vs Nepal Team News

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Massimo Luongo is missing for the Socceroos with a knee problem, and his place in the squad has been taken by Newcastle Jets attacker Dimitri Petratos.

Nepal for their part have announced exactly the same squad as played against Kuwait and Chinese Tapei last month.

Australia vs Nepal Preview

Australia's near perfect record in home World Cup qualifiers looks set to continue this week, with the side ranked 161st in the FIFA standing unlikely to cause them too many problems.

The Socceroos have won 20 of their last 24 World Cup qualifcation games on home soil, while Nepal's only away wins in qualifying this century have come at Chinese Taipei, East Timor and Macao.

There is however almost no value to be had from backing a home win with the hosts almost too short in every market.

Instead opposing an extremely high-scoring game could be more profitable, and while the Socceroos should win, they might not need to run riot to secure a comfortable success.

Tips and predictions

Under 4.5 goals in the game is offered at 1.92 and looks an interesting angle from which to approach the contest.

Australia have only scored more than four goals once in their last 39 matches. Arnold's men have face some pretty lowly teams during that time including Kuwait, Palestine, Lebanon and Uzbekistan without there being more than 4.5 goals in the respective games and backing a repeat against Nepal could be of interest. 

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