The morning of Wednesday, November 15, will host the 31st selection of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Winners of Asian play-offs, Australia face Honduras, fourth place in the race for places in the Americas North and Central. From 7am (Brasília time) the confrontation will be held ANZ in Sydney.
In the first match in Honduras, there was a goalless draw. In this way, the winner of the match will continue to the Russian World Cup. If there is equality with the network swinging, the Hondurans will be left with the vacancy. New 0 to 0 takes the dispute to the extension and if it is necessary the decision will be made through the collection of penalties.
Australia’s recent performance
The Australians did not get the direct spot on the Asian continent and already had to play a recap that ended up dramatically guaranteeing their survival. After two draws with the Syrian side 1 to 1, they won the extra time of the second game at home, 1-0, ensuring the right to continue the fight for a place in the Russian World Cup.
The first game further increased the hopes of the local fans. On the back of the score, the Australian team was superior to the Honduras team. He was in possession of the ball most of the time (59% to 41%), tried to finish more (eight to five) and was more efficient hitting the target in five opportunities against only two of the owners of the house. Of breaking, they still had more corners (four to three). They achieved this superiority by committing half of their opponent’s fouls (12 to 24).
They did this without being able to count on their most decisive attacker. Banned by the medical department, veteran Tim Cahill of Melbourne City, who led the two games against Syria in Sydney, is recovering from injury. It must undergo a new evaluation before the duel of this Wednesday. It is expected to be released to act. However, the tendency is for it to be related to the reservation bank. Who should return to the team are defenders Mark Milligan and Mathew Lecki, who due to the suspension by the accumulation of yellow cards could not play in Honduras.
For the second game, the Australians have the following athletes available:
Goalkeepers: Mitchell Langerak (Levante, Spain), Mat Ryan (Brighton, England), Danny Vukovic (Genk, Belgium);
Defenders: Aziz Behich (Bursaspor, Turkey), Milos Degenek (Yokohama F Marinos, Japan), Alex Gersbach (Rosenborg, Norway), Matthew Jurman (Suwon, South Korea), Ryan McGowan (Al Sharjah, United Arab Emirates) Risdon (Western Sydney), Trent Sainsbury (Jiangsu Suning, China), Bailey Wright (Bristol City, England);
Socks: Craig Goodwin (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands), Jackson Irvine (Hull City, England), Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa, England), James Jeggo (Sturm Graz, Austria), Massimo Luongo Victory), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town, England), Tom Rogic (Celtic, Scotland), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory)
Attackers: Tim Cahill (Melbourne City), Tomi Juric (Luzern, Switzerland), Robbie Kruse (Bochum, Germany), Mathew Leckie (Hertha Berlin, Germany), Nikita Rukavytsya (Maccabi Haifa, Israel).
The current form of Honduras
Having secured the right to play in the last round of the qualifiers with a win against Mexico, Honduras had massive support from their fans in the first round of qualifying for the World Cup. It could not, however, capitalize on the field factor.
Fearing to suffer a goal, he avoided to launch to the attack. In this way, not only had little chance of scoring – he sent only two balls in the opponent’s goal, as he exposed two serious deficiencies. There are no collective moves from the midfield and the defense presented great vulnerability.
However, the short time and the seriousness of the problems does not allow the technician Jorge Luis Pinto make significant adjustments. Thus, it is quite probable that maintains on Wednesday the base of the team that disputed the first game.
With a lineup of four defenders and five midfielders, the only likely change is in the attack. In Honduras, Lozano Colon was chosen as the starter. It left at the end of the second half giving place to Carlos Costly. None of them made a good impression. Thus, Eddie Hernandez, who was summoned in the nick of time, could win an opportunity. He suffered a bruise on his face last month and is still not fully recovered. If you act, you will have to wear a mask to protect the place.
For the decisive match the coach has the following athletes available:
Goalkeepers: Donis Escober (Olimpia), Kevin Hernandez (Real Spain) and Ricardo Canales (Vida).
Defenders: Brayan Beckeles (Necaxa – Mexico), Felix Crisanto and Henry Figueroa (Motagua); Emilio Izaguirre (Al-Fayha – Saudi Arabia), Carlos Sánchez (Honduras Progreso), Maynor Figueroa (Dallas – USA), Johnny Palacios and Éver Alvarado (Olimpia), and Allans Vargas (Real Spain).
Socks: Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo – USA), Alexander López and Michaell Chirinos (Olimpia); Mario Martínez (Real Spain), Bryan Acosta (Tenerife – Spain), Alfredo Mejía (Xanthi-Gracia), Jorge Claros (Real Spain), Sergio Peña (Real Sociedad), Oliver Morazán and Ovidio Lanza (Juticalpa).
Attackers: Romell Kyoto and Albert Elis (Houston Dynamo – USA), Antony Lozano (Barcelona B – Spain), Carlo Costly (Olimpia) and Eddie Hernández (Motagua).
History of the matches Australia vs Honduras
Before the qualifying rounds for the Russian World Cup, the national teams of Honduras and Australia had never faced each other.
It was disappointing the home performance of Honduras. Not only for the lack of boldness, but also for the low technical quality and little collective game presented. Thus, Australia becomes the best guessing option for Wednesday’s showdown with a price of 1.61 on Bet365. Draw gives return of 3.75 and Honduran success paid 6.00 per invested real.