2019 AFC Asian Cup: Australia vs Palestine Betting Tips

January 10th 2019, 1:16pm, By: andyrosos

The Socceroos got their Asian Cup title defence off to the worst possible start earlier in the week as they went down to Jordan in their opening game 1-0. They’ll look to get back on track on Friday night when they square off in their second group game against Palestine getting underway from 10.00pm (AEDT).

Asian Cup: Australia vs Palestine Betting Tips

The Socceroos under new coach Graham Arnold will be bitterly disappointed with their start to the group stage. They maintained 78% possession against Jordan and fired 19 shots to 10 but just couldn’t find the back of the net as they went down 1-0.

The Aussies now sit on the bottom of the Group B table after the other two teams in the group, Palestine and Syria played out a 0-0 draw in their opening game. The Socceroos will likely need to win both of their remaining games to ensure they qualify for the next round. This could mean that a sudden death playoff against Syria, much like the one the Socceroos faced in 2017 to qualify for the World Cup, could be on the cards.

Their first test, however, will be to make sure they get past Palestine on Friday night. Palestine entered the 2019 Asian Cup as the 99th ranked team in the world. They were recently victorious in the Bangabandhu Gold Cup, which is a six-team tournament involving Bangladesh, Laos, Nepal, Palestine, Philippines and Tajikistan, however, the level of competition in the Asian Cup will be a massive step up.

Palestine are winless in their last five games against Asian Cup caliber teams. They were beaten by Kyrgyzstan and Iraq in the lead up to the tournament and apart from their performances in the Bangabandhu Gold Cup and a friendly against Pakistan, they haven't won a game since 2017. Losses/draws over that period have come at the hands of Qatar, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Iran.

While the Australians will be disappointed with their start, they will be confident that they can get back on the winners list on Friday night. However, they’ll need to be more clinical going forward than they were against Jordan.

It’s no secret that Asian teams, particularly those in the Middle East, play a certain type of deep defences. In the past, the Socceroos have gotten by from moments of solo brilliance from the likes of Aaron Mooy and Tim Cahill. However, with the former injured for the tournament and the latter recently retired, the Australian avenues to goal are looking thin.

Much will rely on the playmaking ability of star attacking midfielder Tom Rogic on Friday night. Rogic looks the only player in the currently Australian lineup who is capable of breaking a line and making a game changing play to score or assist a goal.

Former Brisbane Roar star Jamie Maclaren started up front for the Socceroos on Sunday night and while he looks like getting the first crack once again against Palestine, there are questions over his finishing ability. Mathew Leckie remains a massive question mark for the Socceroos. His playmaking ability down the left side has been one of Australia’s easiest avenues to goal in recent times but a hamstring injury currently has him sidelined.

Australia certainly have some issues at the moment, but at the end of the day, they should be far too strong for Palestine on Friday night. While Jordan are ranked lower than Palestine in the FIFA International Rankings, they play a different brand of defence, one that deserves a spot much higher on the rankings list. We think this is another low scoring affair with the Aussies taking the chocolates.

 

TIPS

2019 MLB Betting Tips: Wednesday 26th June

Another great 15 game slate in the MLB this Wednesday, the 26th of June! We have a preview and betting tips for some of the key games of the day here read more

2019 PGA Tour: Rocket Mortgage Classic

The PGA Tour continues this weekend as we head to Detroit for the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic! We have a full preview and betting tips for the event here read more

Harness Racing Tips: Tuesday, June 25th

Harness racing continues at Gloucester Park this Tuesday night and Trent Orwin has picked out his best bets from the card here! read more

2019 ICC Cricket World Cup: England vs Australia Betting Tips

It's the matchup that many have been waiting for in the round robin stage of the Cricket World Cup! Australia will face off against England on Tuesday night as the great cricketing rivalry gets another instalment. See our preview and tips for the big game here read more

ARTICLES

Major Harness Races in Australasia

There are approximately 90 Group 1 level harness races in Australia and New Zealand each year; we've highlighted some of most high profile races on the annual racing calendar here. read more


Harness racing form: what are the most important things to consider

Harness racing form can be daunting to punters that are new to the sport and form analysis for the trots is certainly different to that of the gallops or greyhounds. We've listed what we think the most important factors to consider are when studying the form for a trots race. read more


Harness Racing Barrier Draws

Barrier draws are crucial in racing and they are especially important in harness racing. We've explained why barriers are such a key part of harness racing form study and their importance to determining a horse's chances here. read more


Harness Racing Glossary

There are many common terms used in harness racing that may not make sense to those new to the sport. Our harness racing glossary will help you understand what some of the key terminology means. read more


BLOGS

2019 AFL Brownlow Medal Votes Predictions Round 14

The last of the AFL bye rounds came and went over the weekend with Round 14 and another set of Brownlow votes are up for grabs! See our reviews of the games and how we think the votes panned out here. read more


2019 AFL Round 14 Odds

We are back once again with a full list of the AFL odds for all six games in Round 14! This weeks odds come courtesy of the folks at Ladbrokes read more


2019 AFL Brownlow Medal Votes Predictions Round 13

Round 13 of the AFL was fairly stock standard as all six of the favourites won in the shortened round! There were 36 Brownlow votes up for grabs over the round and we have our predictions as to how it panned out here read more


2019 AFL Round 13 Odds

Only the six games in the AFL again this weekend due to the byes but still plenty of value on offer! We have a complete odds list of all six games courtesy of Sportsbet here read more