Socceroos World Cup Qualifier 1 Preview – Kuwait Away

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Seven and a half months after their Asian Cup exit, the Socceroos are up for their next competitive fixture as they begin their quest for Qatar.

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 ramps up.

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.

Kuwait Vs Australia

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 moments.

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 result.

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

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