Australia vs Saudi Arabia
World Cup Qualifiers – Asia
Date: Thursday, 8th June 2017
Kick-off at 11:00 UK/ 12:00 CET
Venue: Adelaide Oval (Adelaide).
It is a must win game for Australia when they welcome Saudi Arabia for the World Cup qualification match on Thursday evening.
The Socceroos are third in the group and trail first and second placed teams Japan and Saudi by 3 points. This is virtually a six pointer for both teams and the one that win this contest could make a huge leap in the quest for top two spots in the qualification phase.
Australia’s form leading into this game is sloppy as they drew four on the bounce before beating UAE in the last match on March. However, home form is exceptional as Japan is the only team that denied them a victory at this stage of the competition,with the overall record standing at 2 wins and 1 draw from three matches.
For Saudi Arabia football team, this is their best campaign in over decades. Five wins, 1 draw and 1 loss from 7 matches at this stage is a remarkable achievement as they look to find the way back to the World Cup for the first time since 2006.
The Green Falcons are the joint best defense after letting in just 5 goals from their 7 matches. Meanwhile, they scored 13 goals. Away from home, they won 2 and lost 1. The defeat came at Japan, a team of similar strength to Australia, but on a better form.
Australia vs Saudi Arabia: Head-to-head
It was an thriller when the teams met for the first leg on October with the match ending in a 2-2 draw.
Australia are unbeaten in the last four meetings against Saudi with 3 wins coming before the draw in their latest clash. This will be Saudi’s second visit to Australia for a qualifying match, having lost the first in 2012 by a 4-2 margin.
Australia vs Saudi Arabia: Predictions
Australia’s best performances in the group phase came at home, while they are largely anonymous in road games. Their position in the league table will force Ange Postecoglou to adopt an attacking approach in this contest. Saudi are no mugs, therefore the Socceroos are expect to conceded goals with their defense being not at the best at the moment.
Australia vs Saudi Arabia: Bet Tips
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