Palestine vs Australia
AFC Asian Cup
Date: Friday, 11th January 2019
Kick-off at 11.00 UK/ 12.00 CET
Venue: Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium (Dubai).
Defending champions Australia faced a huge upset in their opener in this competition. No one expected the 109th ranked Jordan to make such a huge statement in the tournament. The Socceroos had dominated the whole game but were wasteful in front of the goal, which probably resulted from taking their opponents lightly.
It was really surprising that the team with 23% of ball possession had the same number of shots on goal as their opponents. Australia has put themselves under pressure, and now it’s do-or-die for them.
Palestine is still looking for their first goal of the tournament. Their last match ended goallessly and could not even register a single shot on goal. The Lions of Canaan have already picked up a reputation for their lack of discipline. The team got the first caution of the tournament in the 5th minute of the game, and to top it off, Mohammed Saleh was sent off in the 68th minute.
Palestine vs Australia Head-to-head (h2h)
- The teams have met a total of five times in their history. All five took place in 1939, long before Palestine got recognition by FIFA.
- All five games saw over 2.5 match goals. The five games saw a total of 31 goals at an average of more than six goals per match.
- The Socceroos possess a record of three wins and a draw from these five ties.
- Both teams got on the scoresheet in 100% of the h2h matches,
- Australia scored four or more goals in three of these five fixtures.
Palestine vs Australia Prediction
Graham Arnold’s men will not leave anything to chance and get on top of things from the first minute itself. The shock defeat at the hands of Jordan has brought the defending champions back to earth and has knocked a sense of reality into the players. Australia must win this game, or face the possibility of an embarrassing exit in the first round.
Palestine, the 99th ranked team in the world will not be that much of a challenge if the Socceroos play them with caution and preparation. Australia’s experience at the world stage will prevail over the minnows in this game.
No risk will be taken by the former champions and most probably their backline will keep Palestine forwards at bay for the entirety of the ninety minutes. Expect a clean sheet by the team from down under.
Australia will most probably score an early goal to calm off the nerves, and then add a late goal as the Fedayeen push for an equalizer.
Palestine vs Australia Betting Tips
To Win to Nil: Australia @ 1.80 (4/5)
Over 1.5 Team Goals by Australia @ 1.50 (1/2).