Australia v Kyrgyzstan: No Drama Expected For Socceroos
November 09, 2015
Australia take on Kyrgyzstan in a World Cup AFC Second Round qualifier and the Socceroos will be confident of consolodating second spot in Group B.
It’s an opinion shared by the top Australian bookies with odds no bigger than $1.38 quoted about a home win in Thursday night’s 20:00 match, shown live on Fox Sports 4. A bumper crowd is expected at Canberra Stadium and the Socceroos will be hoping to put on a good display to please their expectant fans.
Australia currently sit second in the table by 5 points after 4 matches and are looking to bounce back from a 2-0 defeat to leaders Jordan who have played an extra match. Ange Postecoglou’s men will be keen to avoid dropping any more points to give themselves a good chance of closing the gap on Jordan and set up a top of the table decider when the sides meet again in March next year.
Mile Jedinak quickly silenced the crowd with a second minute goal at Spartak Stadium when the sides met in June and the Socceroos will be hoping to make a quick start again in the return meeting. Australia had plenty of the ball, but could not convert posession into goals until Tommy oar came off the bench in place of Nathan Burns to double the lead. With the job seemingly done, Australia took their foot off the gas in the final minutes and Almazbek Mirzaliev was able to score late consolation goal for Kyrgyzstan.
That lapse in concentration could be a warning sign for Postecoglou who must make sure his players refrain from complacency, otherwise it’s expected to be a routine win with no drama for the Socceroos.
Jedinak can move his goal tally into double-figures for his country if he scores v Kyrgyzstan again, while Tim Cahill will as ever be a threat in the air and a popular First Goalscorer bet. Nathan Burns is still stick on one goal at international level and has found the net twice in 10 games for FC Tokyo, with Mathew Leckie on 2 for Australia and just the 1 for FC Ingolstadt 04.
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