When does a 5-0 win not really feel like a 5-0 win?
Just ask Graham Arnold and the Socceroos who should be pretty happy with the final scoreline in their victory over Nepal on Thursday night, but could also feel like they wasted more than a few opportunities.
Up next in the AFC World Cup Qualifiers is a trip to face Chinese Taipei, arguably the weakest side in the group.
Thursday 10 October, 10:40pm, National Stadium, Kaohsiung
As you would expect, the market for this game still strongly favours Australia with their hosts at $41 to win the match at the time of writing and it may get higher still.
It kind of makes sense when you look at it, Australia just beat Nepal 5-0, Australia also beat Kuwait 3-0, Kuwait beat Nepal 7-0 and Nepal beat Chinese Taipei 3-0 all in the first couple of qualifying matches.
So, it’s a case of Australia by how much and how confident can you be about the Socceroos keeping a third straight clean sheet?
With the toughest clash of this phase just around the corner, the Socceroos really need to get into gear before their trip to Jordan.
So will we see a ruthless, take every chance afforded to them type of performance from Australia here?
Probably not, if there is one thing to really be concerned about with the Socceroos is how many chances it took them to get those five goals and how will that translate against better opponents.
While a big win would make a lot of people feel a lot more comfortable about their chances going forward, this has the makings of a slow, bogged down game where they get over the line but not by as much as some might be hoping for.
Take the Socceroos to win to nil since they should dominate possession and limit their opponent’s chances but look for the right value in the unders market.
If they go too high, under 4.5 or even 5.5 might offer some strong value, as for the goalscorer market, because of that likely overestimation, don’t try and force a play there and just steer clear of the options.
Back Australia to Win to Nil @ $1.33
Back Under 4.5 Goals @ $2.10