5 Reasons the Socceroos can progress against Honduras
Amid the incessant buzzing of tens of thousands of vuvuzelas in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the Socceroos produced their best away performance for quite some time. Make no mistake though, it did finish 0-0 and chances to score a vital away goal were spurned. The Socceroos now face their biggest home World Cup tie since the famous victory over Uruguay in 2005.
It’s nervous though. It’s currently 0-0 on aggregate. However, the equation is straightforward: win the second leg in Sydney, and the Socceroos go through to Russia 2018. However, if it’s a score draw (1-1, 2-2, 3-3 etc), Honduras will progress. Those old enough to remember the 2-0 lead against Iran in’97 being frittered away will be having a heart attack at the mere thought. Another goal-less draw will see the match go to extra time and penalties.
5 Reasons Australia can qualify
- The Sydney factor.
Having fought out the goal-less draw and with kindness of the World Cup draw gifting the Socceroos a crunch second leg at Sydney’s Olympic stadium on Wednesday, memories of Uruguay and the heroics of Aloisi, Schwarzer and Kennedy will suddenly come into play. After not being blown away at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, the Socceroos will be feeling very good about themselves and that they have a realistic opportunity at qualification.
- Australia don’t lose at home. They have lost only once at home in the last 58 matches.
- Australia ‘like it rough’ and if Honduras get frustrated and decide to take on Australia physically, then the Socceroos, rest assured, will reply in kind.
- Australia will be will better rested.
- Having left San Pedro Sula on their own private charter flight immediately after the final whistle, the Socceroos will land in Sydney more than a full 24 hours ahead of Honduras. Honduras is struggling the fund the long trans-Pacific journey and face long haul commercial flights through Los Angeles.
- Come deep in the second half, it will show.
- The Socceroos are rightful favourites with Unibet at $1.61 with Honduras drifting way out to $5.50.