Australia takes on the visitors Honduras at “ANZ Stadium” in the second-leg clash of the Promotion Play Offs for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. The game will be played in Sydney on Wednesday, November 15th. The first leg-match ended with 0:0 draw.
In general, Australia has a quite competitive football A-team at the international level. At the moment the greatest achievement of “Socceroos” is their qualification to the 1/8 stage of the World Cup in 2006. However, in this qualification cycle Australia felt uncomfortably, having settled on the third position in Group B behind Japan and Saudi Arabia with 19 points earned in 10 encounters played. On the Fourth stage of the Asian Football Confederation’s Preliminary Competition for the World Cup “Socceroos” hardly managed to pass through Syria by the aggregated outcome of two matches after 1:1, 2:1 scorelines. It should be noted that the upcoming hosts succeeded in their two recent games in front of their supporters against Thailand and Syria with the same 2:1 scoreline.
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Honduras has promoted to the World Cup final tournament three times in their history, but had never qualified from the groups. In this qualification campaign the Hondurans didn’t impress, having occupied the fourth place in the Fifth Round of the North, Central America and Caribbean’s Preliminary Competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia with 13 points taken after 10 clashes played. It should be mentioned that the team has not been broken across six consecutive fights. In two latest away games Honduras recorded 2:1 triumph over Trinidad & Tobago and 1:1 draw against Costa Rica.
The only head-to-head between Australia and Honduras ended with 0:0 draw. Honduras demonstrated strong performance in recent clashes, however, “Socceroos” will host the fight and have no right to lose at the home pitch.
Prediction for the match: Australia to win.