Underdogs Fancy Second Big Upset

UAE celebrate their penalty-shootout win over Japan. Image courtesy of amazonaws.com

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Australia v UAE

Hunter Stadium, Newcastle

Tuesday January 27 –  7:00pm (AEST)




It’s been a solid run in the cup to date for the tournament’s hosts, and the highly rated Aussies can secure a second consecutive finals appearance with a win over the UAE .

In their quarter-final match against an undefeated China outfit, it was all about one man. The ever-green Tim Cahill did what he does best, finding the net in the most crucial of times. The former Evertonian broke the deadlock just after half-time with an overhead bicycle kick, a piece of brilliance that made headlines across the globe. Cahill’s second was a trademark header we’ve come to expect from him in recent years, and if you fancy him to net the first again on Tuesday, you’re getting . Ange Postecoglou is expected to make just two changes to the starting XI, with Matthew Spiranovic and James Troisi likely to replace Alex Wilkinson and Mark Bresciano.

If it wasn’t for the UAE, the Socceroos would find themselves in a 2011 Asian Cup Final rematch against pre-tournament favourites Japan. Coach Mahdi Ali orchestrated the upset of the tournament after his side prevailed in a penalty shootout . Despite the Blue Samari dominating possession and territory, they couldn’t break down the UAE’s defence. Striker Ahmed Mabkout again starred for his side with a stunning strike in the early stages, and that goal brought his tournament tally up to four. Mabkout and playmaker Omar Abdulrahman are the two danger men that will test Australia’s defence. Both are young, talented and like Cahill, capable of turning a game on its head with a moment of magic.  

Once again, the UAE are underdogs, but that won’t bother them one bit. The Socceroos must give their opponents the respect they deserve, and although they knocked out former favourites Japan, punters are getting behind the hosts. Big bets have been few and far between heading into Tuesday’s match, however one punter has invested $4600 for the Socceroos in the head-to-head market.  


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