Australia got their World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with an impressive 3-0 win over Kyrgyzstan on Thursday night and will continue their path to Rio away to minnow nation Bangladesh on Tuesday night.
On the first leg of this tie in September, Australia were barely troubled on their way to a comfortable 5-0 win in Perth and remain clear $1.02 favourites to deliver Bangladesh ($34) another defeat.
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Australia suffered a shock loss to Jordan in early October to fall to second overall in Group B, only one point ahead of their Thursday night rivals Kyrgyzstan, but responded in the best way possible with a solid performance for success.
While a number of opportunities were missed in front of goal, Captain Mile Jedinak and fan favourite Tim Cahill found the back of the net either side of half time before an own goal from Kyrgyzstan sealed the result.
Coach Ange Postecoglou was understandably pleased with the result mustered by his men on Thursday, and ultimately the way the key changes made led to a return to winning form.
Striker Tomi Juric exited to the field in the dying stages of the first half on Thursday with a groin complaint, but was ably replaced by Nathan Burns who appears as though he will step into a run-on roll in Dhaka on Tuesday.
Australia boasts plenty of class and depth over all corners of the pitch and will be close to impossible to beat on Tuesday night.
As expected, Bangladesh have remained bottom of Group B through the second round of AFC World Cup qualifiers, but have by no means disgraced their nation; playing plenty of well-crafted and competitive football.
While comfortably beaten by both Australia and Jordan so far, Bangladesh have tested both Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and managed to hold the latter to a 1-1 draw most notably on June 16th.
Coach Fabio Lopez has remained true to a specific playing roster for much of Bangladesh’s World Cup qualifying campaign so far and appears likely to field the same XI that took to the pitch in Dushanbe last week.
Australia vs Bangladesh Betting
Australia deserve to be resounding favourites in win-draw-win betting markets to defeat Bangladesh on Tuesday night and barring some sort of miracle, won’t lose.
There is plenty of value to be taken in alternate betting markets however, in everything from first goal scorer to correct score and handicaps.
Australia were barely troubled on their way to a 5-0 triumph over Bangladesh in September and are worth consideration to post the same result at current $7.50 odds in our correct score markets.
Bangladesh will undoubtedly find greater strength in front of a home crowd and may be worth consideration to score at least one goal on Tuesday evening. Australia to beat Bangladesh 3-1 currently registers at odds of $17 and is also worth consideration.
Australia’s win over Kyrgyzstan is sure to have made for plenty of confidence leading into their second fixture with Bangladesh on Tuesday night, and it will take a monumental effort for Bangladesh to mount anything of a resistance.