Home advantage was always likely to be key in this tie and Australia will be delighted to be returning to Sydney on level terms. Faced with a hostile atmosphere in the 1st Leg in Central America last week, they perhaps surprisingly had much the better of the game and created the better chances. They will strongly fancy they can now finish the job here.
Honduras managed just one shot on target in the 1st Leg and really failed to make home advantage count. Their recent away record suggests they will find this tough. They’ve only won 1 of their last 9 away World Cup qualifiers. Their 2018 qualifying campaign includes a 3-0 defeat in Mexico and 6-0 loss in the United States and they conceded 2.6 goals per game on average away during the hexagonal stage in the CONCACAF zone.
The Socceroos will feel they can capitalise on those defensive issues. They rested Tim Cahill last week, with the veteran carrying a slight niggle but he is expected to be fit to start this one. Even at 37, he is still the talisman for this team and regularly delivers when it matters most. The former Everton man has now scored an incredible 50 international goals from 103 caps and scored both goals as Australia claimed a key 2-1 win over Syria in the 2nd Leg of the last round. Backing Cahill to score anytime could be well worth a punt here.
Australia will take real confidence from their showing last week and they are generally strong at home. They are unbeaten in 21 home World Cup qualifiers and have won 10 of the last 12 and 11 if you include their Extra-Time win over Syria last month.
With a big home crowd behind them, the best bet in the Full Time result market looks to be going for Australia to Win.
Both teams have scored in 4 of their last 5 home qualifiers though and with things likely to open up a bit in the 2nd Leg, backing Australia to Win & Both Teams to Score could also offer value.