Australia vs Lebanon
Date: Tuesday, 20 November 2018
Kick-Off at 08:30 UK / 09:30 CET
Venue: ANZ Stadium (Sydney).
Australia barely managed to avoid a defeat on Saturday when Massimo Luongo notched them a 94th minute equalizer in a friendly against Korea Republic. Can Socceroos return on the winning ways and finish the year in style on Tuesday when they play host to the likes of Lebanon at ANZ Stadium?
The visitors will travel to Sydney having failed to find the net in three subsequent matches. Their poor attacking form was continued on Thursday when the team led by Miodrag Radulovic drew 0-0 to Uzbekistan on the road. The Phoenicians previously drew 0-0 to Oman and fell 1-0 to Kuwait in October’s pair of friendlies. However, we also have to mention Lebanon’s fine form in terms of the number of losses. They fell just once in last 18 games across competitions. They topped their respective Asian Cup Qualification group in some style, winning five and drawing one of six games. Nevertheless, the opposition Lebanon played during the mentioned run in past 18 games is hard to compare to Australia.
Australia vs Lebanon: Head-to-head
This will only be the second head to head encounter between the two teams.
They met each other in a friendly six years ago when Australia took a demolishing 3-0 victory.
Australia vs Lebanon: Prediction
Socceroos showed strength in the 0-4 thumping of Kuwait on the road a month ago. Knowing that Kuwait saw off Lebanon just four days before they suffered a catastrophe to Australia, it’s easy to see the gulf in quality between these two likes.
The hosts will be motivated to finish quite a turbulent year in style and we expect Graham Arnold to send a very strong line-up on the pitch. It might feature Hertha’s Matthew Leckie and Luzern’s Tomi Juric. The likes of Massimo Luongo (QPR) and Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) are expected to find their place at the center of the park.
The difference in quality between the two teams is just massive and we expect the hosts to dominate the pitch from the very get go here.
Australia vs Lebanon: Bet Tips
HT/FT Australia/Australia @ 1.72 (8/11)
Australia -1.5 handicap @ 1.66 (4/6).