Australia takes on the visitors Syria at “ANZ Stadium” in the second-leg clash of the Fourth Round of the Asian Football Confederation’s Preliminary Competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. The game will be played in Sydney on Tuesday, October 10th. The first-leg match was finished in 1:1 draw.
Australia has lost only one out of five recent encounters. The beginning of the first-leg match against Syria was very successful for the Australians, however, they didn’t manage to save their advantage which resulted in the eventual 1:1 draw. In 2017 “The Aussie” conducted four encounters at their own turf, having earned three victories and single draw in them. It should also be noted that Australia won all qualify games in 2017 with 7:3 aggregated score.
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The Syrians have not been broken across seven clashes in a row covering two triumphs and five draws. It’s worth saying that the side traditionally gains the favourable result in the end of a fight. The team promoted to the Fourth qualification round due to 2:2 draw against Iran, having scored the decisive goal on the 93rd minute of the match. Syria escaped from a defeat in the first-leg battle against Australia in face of its fans, having scored a goal on the 85th minute. The Syrians participated in five clashed on the road in 2017, having got a single victory, three draws and one loss in them. The team’s unbeaten run at away grounds makes up four clashes.
The upcoming fight will decide which side will promote to the 2018 World Cup final stage. Both teams deserve performing there, however, the hosting side looks better plus it will play in front of its fans without mentioning that it was closer to a triumph in the first-leg game on the road, therefore, it must prove its advantage in Sydney.
Prediction for the match: Australia to win with -1.0 Asian handicap.