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World Cup Qualifier: Australia vs Kyrgyzstan Preview

Australia’s road to the 2018 Football World Cup continues on Thursday night as the Socceroos meet Kyrgyzstan at Canberra Stadium.

Australia suffered a shock loss to Jordan in their most recent World Cup qualifier but remain second overall in Group B; only one point ahead of Kyrgyzstan in the race towards automatic qualification to the third round of fixtures.

We’re offering the best odds on the widest range of markets for Thursday’s AFC World Cup Qualifier between Australia and Kyrgyzstan!


Australia came away with a well-earned 2-1 win over Kyrgyzstan in the first leg of this fixture on June 17th, and continued to impress in comfortably seeing off Bangladesh and Tajikistan in the lead-up to their disappointing effort against Jordan in early October.

Coach Ange Postecoglou has made several changes to his side ahead of Thursday night’s fixture; some forced through injury and some perhaps as a result of recent form.

Goalkeeper Mat Ryan has been away from national team duties after suffering an injury during a match for club side Valencia but appears likely to return to his post, while Captain Mile Jedinak has also been confirmed to return to the fold.

Uncapped Perth Glory defender Josh Risdon in on the verge of gaining a maiden cap in place of Matthew Spiranovic who is nursing a calf strain.

The Socceroos undoubtedly face a big task in overcoming the similarly-positioned Kyrgyzstan on Thursday evening but boast a strong team over the pitch and should prove too tough to beat in front of a home crowd.


While comfortably played off the park at home by the Socceroos in June, Kyrgyzstan have been far from disgraced on their way to third in Pool B.

Progressing to a pleased draw with Group leaders Jordan away from home, Kyrgyzstan is interestingly undefeated since their most recent meeting with the Socceroos having drawn 202 with close rivals Tajikistan before delivering Bangladesh a 2-0 defeat in their most recent fixture.

Having played one game more than Australia leading into this match, Kyrgyzstan undoubtedly face a do-or-die task in beating the Socceroos on Thursday night but will have to undoubtedly produce a campaign-best effort if to do so.

Australia vs Kyrgyzstan Betting

International football matches always offer plenty of value from a betting standpoint and Thursday night’s World Cup qualifier between Australia and Kyrgyzstan is to exception.

Australia are deserving and clear favourites in win-draw-win betting markets and betting value undoubtedly lies on goal scoring markets, handicaps and doubles.

QPR midfielder Massimo Luongo has undoubtedly found career-best form to date through 2015, highlighted by his performances during Australia’s successful Asian Cup campaign.

Take advantage of Luongo to score and Australia to beat Kyrgyzstan on Thursday for inflated odds!

Footy Freaks
Massimo Luongo scores and Australia wins: $3.50

Australia seem to have developed a habit of allowing their opposition to score first before pegging goals back to win late in the picture. Our market for a team to come from behind and win on Thursday night currently rates Australia a $7 chance for this and is well worth consideration.

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