Perfect China Out To Spoil Party

Sun Ke could be the man to break Australia's hearts. Image courtesy of themalaymailonline.com

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Australia v China


Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Thursday January 22 –  8:30pm (AEST)

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Australia and China battle it out in Brisbane on Thursday night for a spot in the Asian Cup Semi-Finals.

After losing their last group match against South Korea, Australia had to settle for second spot in Group A. Ange Postecoglou was criticised for leaving a host of star players, including Robbie Kruse and Tim Cahill, out of the starting XI. The Socceroos struggled to create chances until the final 20 minutes when Postecoglou made his substitutions, but his team couldn’t find an equaliser. Mile Jedinak watched that match from the sidelines as he nursed an ankle injury, however he’s set to return for the hosts. The captain scored in the tournament opener against Kuwait, and he's  in the first goal scorer market.

China entered the Asian Cup as ranked outsiders to claim their first piece of continental silverware, but a series of dominant performances has seen them firm in the outrights market. Ranked 96 in the world, four spots higher than their opponents, the Red Dragon won all three of their group matches to book a Quarter-Finals berth. Right midfielder Sun Ke netted twice in China’s last match against North Korea, bringing his tournament count to three goals. The 25-year-old is one of China’s most dangerous in attack, and it will be on Melbourne Heart defender Aziz Behich to try and contain him.

It comes as no surprise the Socceroos are the short-priced favourites, but after Saturday’s 1-0 loss, punters aren’t backing them with confidence. Instead, China have gained attention in the head-to-head market, with one big bet of $1800 coming in for them at the $5.50 quote.   

 

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