Australia vs Japan
Asian World Cup Qualifiers
Date: Tuesday, 11th October 2016
Kick-off at 10:00 am UK
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Melbourne.
Australia were denied their third consecutive win of the qualifying campaign as Saudi Arabia scored a late equalizer to earn a priceless 2-2 draw. This put the Socceroos on 7 points and are top of the Group B with Saudi Arabia, with both being the only unbeaten teams in the group after three match-days.
While Japan, who lost their group opener to UAE, scored a late winner against Iran to earn their second win in a row to move into touching distance with the table toppers. Despite the win, Japan’s recent performances haven’t been that convincing as seems to struggle in patches. However, the platform is set and they will have the biggest test of the year when they travel to Australia for the crucial World Cup qualifier on Tuesday afternoon.
Australia vs Japan: Head-to-Head stats
Japan are currently on a six match unbeaten run against Australia in all competitions. They have won in four and drawn 2 during the period.
Australia’s last win against Japan has to be dated back to 2009, when they faced off against each other in the World Cup Qualifier for the 2010 edition. The reverse fixture of the competition was a goal-less draw.
At the same time, Australia are unbeaten in four matches against Japan with 2 wins and 2 draws.
Australia vs Japan: Prediction
This is a difficult fixture to predict as both teams have plenty of quality in their squad. The two Asian powerhouses are also in a similar sort of form and their main strength lies in their attacking department. As a reason there won’t be any scarcity of goals on Tuesday afternoon.
At the same time, one must be a bit cautious when choosing a winner here. This edition of Asian qualifiers for World Cup have some surprise results and it is better to look into the goal markets.
Australia vs Japan: Betting Tips
- Both Teams to Score at 1.80
- Over 2.5 goals at 2.10.