My name is Dave, a European football enthusiast, I believe all leagues have their own charms. This is the reason why I have been watching and studying those less popular leagues for 20 years.
Kick Off: 10/12/2021 06:15
A derby like no other in international football returns this week when Japan welcome rivals Australia to the Saitama Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
Surprising losers to Oman in the opening match of round three, Japan bounced back with a slender 1-0 victory over China. Japan come into the game on the back of a harrowing 1-0 defeat away to Saudi Arabia in the first match of this current international break. This defeat left them in third place in Group B and put them in danger of missing out on automatic qualification for Qatar 2022.
Nine trips to the East Asian nation have all ended without a victory for Australia, who will be confident this is the time to triumph, whilst inflicting more World Cup Qualifying pain on their pan-Asian-Oceanic rivals in the process. On last time out, Australia secured a routine 3-1 victory over Oman on home turf.
It’s believed that Japan will go all out for victory and this could leave them susceptible at the back. However, both sides have enough quality to find the back of the net. Given thr host’s poor start to the qualifiers, expect Australia will not be unbeaten.
1X2 Pick: X2
BTTS (Both Team to Score)