Seven and a half months after their Asian Cup exit, the
Socceroos are up for their next competitive fixture as they begin their quest
While few are expecting Australia to really struggle in
Group B, nobody can argue these matches aren’t vital for Graham Arnold to find
his best combinations and preferred style of play when the pressure really
Up first is Kuwait, a side they last faced 11 months ago in a friendly.
Check out our preview and recommended betting play for the match below.
Wednesday 11 September, 1:30am, Al Kuwait
Sports Club Stadium
Since officially joining the AFC in 2006, Australia has face
Kuwait plenty of times and it hasn’t always been smooth sailing.
In six meetings they have picked up three wins, one draw and
two losses in the FFA era with the last meeting ending in a Socceroos win by a
score of 4-0 in a friendly.
This one should be a little bit more competitive especially
considering Kuwait are coming off a 7-0 belting of Nepal last week.
Playing in the Middle East hasn’t always been easy for
Australia though, with a long history of dropped points faced with oppressive
conditions, tough travel schedules and occasionally hostile crowds.
Because of that, the first of three bets for this game is
for Both Teams to Score.
That has hit in two of the last three meetings between the
sides and, let’s be honest, it’s not like Australia has resembled the 05/06 Chelsea
side when it comes to defensive solidarity.
Plus losing their captain Mark Milligan late in the process
to an injury doesn’t exactly scream “ideal preparation” and if Harry Souttar is
brought in to make his debut don’t be surprised if there’s a few nervous
That being said, the Socceroos forward line is full of
players in strong goalscoring form and I’ll back Awer Mabil to add to his tally
of four goals in ten Socceroos appearances.
He’s a player full of potential, brimming with confidence
and perhaps most importantly, has the faith of Graham Arnold.
Finally, it’s time to find something to back in terms of the
Realistically, even with all of the reasons to be a little
bit wary, this Socceroos side is still significantly better than Kuwait on
paper, and even with the levelling of the playing field with the travel,
Australia should still have enough to get home here thanks to an early goal
before putting things away later on.
Back Australia Half Time/Full Time @ $2.00
Both Teams to Score @ $2.00
Awer Mabil Anytime Goalscorer