Australia vs Syria: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
Australia v Syria
16 January 2019 – 12:30 Local Time
Sheikh-Khalifa International Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
Defending Asian Cup champions, Australia, walk the group stage tightrope, looking to secure a place in the knockout stage against Syria.
Australia’s Asian Cup defence is on-the-ropes with Tom Rogic, Andrew Nabbout and Josh Risdon all battling injury heading into Tuesday’s crunch clash with Syria.
Battling a mounting injury toll has been a recurring theme throughout the build-up to Australia’s Asian Cup defence.
Daniel Arzani, Martin Boyle and Aaron Mooy were all ruled out before the tournament began while Matthew Leckie is unavailable with a Grade 3 hamstring tear.
With Leckie sidelined, if Nabbout, Rogic and Risdon are ruled out of Tuesday’s match it will leave Graham Arnold with only 16 fit players.
The Aussies may struggle.
As for their part, Syria have been solid at the Asian Cup, without being outstanding. Syria are searching for the sort of form and passion they played with during the team’s march to a Russia 2018 World Cup play-off loss to the Australians. It took a piece of Tim Cahill magic to separate the two teams and send the Socceroos to the World Cup.
The Syrians have not forgotten and are hell-bent on exacting revenge.
According to most betting sites, despite the Syrians having the desire to seek revenge for their loss to Australia a year ago, the Socceroos will be desperate to win and progress in second spot to defend their title.
- Australia to win – $1.50 – Bet Now with Neds
However, Jordan to win the Group, facing Palestine in their last group match.
- Jordan to win Group B – $1.75 – Bet Now with Neds
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Australia and Syria famously played two Asian World Cup qualifying play-off matches in November 2017, resulting in a 1-1 draw and a 2-1 Australian win.
- Australia and Brighton goalkeeper, Matt Ryan will make his 50th international appearance against Syria.
- Contrary to popular belief, Australia are not goal shy; they’ve scored 22 goals in their last 10 internationals.
- Syria are FIFA world-ranked 74, to Australia’s 41.
- Since their defeat to Australia in 2017, Syria have only lost 3 times with 6 draws and 3 wins.