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Australia vs Honduras

AUSTRALIA take on Honduras knowing the equation is simple – win and they qualify for the World Cup.

The Socceroos produced a good first leg display on a horrific pitch and some would argue they were unlucky to only pick up a 0-0 draw in San Pedro Sula.

But there can be no room for complacency as a score draw would see them go out on away goals.

There were plenty of chances for either sides when they met at the San Pedro Sula, but finishing was extremely poor. The Socceroos had the best of those chances and brought out two brilliant saves from Honduras keeper Donis Escober.

Coming back to home turf, Australia are unbeaten in World Cup qualification matches since 2008. The streak is of a 21 match unbeaten run with wins in 18.

Meantime, Honduras are unbeaten in their last six qualifying games and the last three away games saw 1 win and 2 draws. However, that away win came at Trinidad is their only road win in 9 games.

Australia Team News

Ange Postecoglou is buoyed by the return of Milligan and Mathew Leckie after serving their one match ban and both players are expected to start here.

Meanwhile, Tom Rogic could also get into the starting line-up here after playing 15 odd minutes in the first leg as a second half substitute for Jackson Irvine.

Australia Predicted Line-up (3-4-2-1)

Ryan – Milligan, Wright, Sainsbury – Behic, Luongo, Mooy, Leckie – Rogic, Mooy – Juric.

Honduras Team News

Jorge Luis Pinto is also handed a boost with the return of team captain Maynor Figueroa and winger Alberth Elis from suspension. Both are expected to start and other changes are unlikely to the team that started in the first leg.

Honduras Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)

Escober – Izaguirre, Maynor Figueroa, Henry Figueroa, Beckeles – Claros, Mejia – Quioto, Lopez, Ellis – Lozano.

Goal Predictor Tip :

So far we have seen six 0-0 draws from the 9 games. Also, 8 of them saw under 2.5 goals.
So we go with 1-0 full time and under 2.5 goals.

Australia – Honudras   | 1 |   1.55
Australia – Honudras   | under 2.5 |  1.80

Denmark : World Cup Here We Come

Christian Eriksen stars as Denmark rout Ireland 5-1, book World Cup spot.

With three goals from three chances, Christian Eriksen rocketed Denmark to Russia. Ireland had simply no answer to Tottenham’s playmaker as his display of Danish dynamite destroyed their dream of reaching a first finals since 2002.

The Republic of Ireland have put their heart and soul into this World Cup qualification campaign, but when it mattered most they were short of the one thing that really matters – quality.

That was served up on a silver service for Denmark by Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen, who scored a magnificent hat-trick, stroking two shots into the net like he was knocking balls into an empty goal at the end of a training session, before smashing in a third.

Ireland were forced to bend the knee in the presence of his brilliance. Denmark had one world-class player, Ireland had none. It can make small margins look like a gulf in class.

Ireland were crushed, but the suggestion they had been humiliated at the end of a campaign in which they were fourth seeds in their group and still finished second, drew an angry response from manager Martin O’Neill, who walked out of a post-match television interview.

“We were well beaten, no question about that,” said O’Neill. “We were made to pay for some sloppy defending, two really poor goals to concede and when we tried to chase the game, we were punished.

“But we were beaten in a play-off. We have fought tooth and nail to get here, so the sense of disappointment is huge. But we have played 24 competitive games and lost four. This is one of them.

“We were beaten by a side that was better than us and has a world-class player in the team, who was absolutely magnificent. Eriksen is top class and he showed it.”

Eriksen now belongs in an elite group of players in the modern era, alongside Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who have carried their national teams to new heights, defining the big games with the force of their ­individual talent.

In the end, Ireland gambled and lost. O’Neill tried something different and it did not work. Having smothered Denmark in the first leg in Copenhagen, he tried to attack them. He might regret it now, but in truth, nothing was likely to stand in Eriksen’s way. He and Denmark fully deserve to be at the World Cup next year.

And that’s it! Denmark go to Russia 2018, the Irish will be left at home.

Ireland vs Denmark Match Preview

The Republic of Ireland are one win away from qualifying for the 2018 World Cup finals as they face a play-off decider against Denmark on Tuesday night.

Martin O’Neill’s side secured a goalless draw in Copenhagen in the first leg, and a win at the Aviva Stadium will hand the Boys in Green their tickets to Russia.

Ireland needed a play-off to secure their place at Euro 2016, beating Bosnia 2-0 at home following a 1-1 draw in the first leg – and O’Neill is hoping history repeats itself.

Team news and confirmed squads

Republic of Ireland: Darren Randolph, Rob Elliot, Keiren Westwood, Colin Doyle, Cyrus Christie, Matt Doherty, Paul McShane, Shane Duffy, Ciaran Clark, John O’Shea, Kevin Long, Stephen Ward, Aiden McGeady, Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady, Glenn Whelan, Conor Hourihane, David Meyler, Harry Arter, Eunan O’Kane, Wes Hoolahan, Callum O’Dowda, James McClean, Shane Long, Daryl Murphy, Scott Hogan, Aiden O’Brien

Denmark: Kasper Schmeichel, Jonas Lossl, Frederik Ronnow, Jannik Vestergaard, Simon Kjaer, Riza Durmisi, Andreas Christensen, Andreas Bjelland, Mathias Jorgensen, Henrik Dalsgaard, Peter Ankersen, Mike Jensen, William Kvist, Thomas Delaney, Christian Eriksen, Lukas Lerager, Lasse Schone, Pione Sisto, Viktor Fischer, Nicklas Bendtner, Kasper Dolberg, Yussuf Poulsen, Andreas Cornelius

Goal Predictor Tip : Ireland to WIN

World reacts to Italy as they fail to Qualify for the World Cup

Italian hearts broke after Sweden held the Azzurri to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their World Cup qualifying tie.
A 1-0 defeat in the first match in Sweden meant Italy headed to the San Siro needing goals but they were impossible to come by. Despite boasting 75 per cent of the possession and taking 23 shots to four, the home side was left to rue what might have been.
The men in blue will watch next year’s World Cup in Russia from home after failing to qualify for football’s showpiece tournament for the first time since 1958.
Here’s how everyone reacted to the shock result.

Quality teams miss out in every cycle and it’s no different approaching 2018. Along with Italy, the Netherlands will also be absent in Russia after Sweden finished with a superior goal difference in Group A to pip the Dutch for second spot.
It’s incredible to think neither the Netherlands (World No. 20) — who lost the World Cup final to Spain in 2010 — nor Italy (No. 15) who won the tournament in 2006 will be playing for the trophy in 2018.

Also USA (27 rated) failed to reach the world cup  after spectacularly to lose 2-1 against Trinidad and Tobago last month.

In a truth sure to provide ammunition to football critics everywhere (“How can you play 90 minutes and end with a score of 0-0?”), Italy’s loss highlights a trend that has infiltrated World Cup qualifying of late.
The past six qualifiers — not just in Europe but around the world — have all ended in scoreless draws. Three of the four draws between European teams occurred in the second legs of ties, while Australia’s draw with Honduras and New Zealand’s stalemate against Peru were both first-leg results.

Joy and PARTY TIME in Sweden

For all the sadness engulfing Italy, it was party time in Sweden.

Objective viewers will acknowledge Italy outplayed the Swedes, but that doesn’t change the result. Coach Jan Andersson admitted it was all about defence in the dying stages against a team stacked with superior talent.
“We had no weapons left. We just had to sit there and hope that we could hang on,” Andersson said.
“We couldn’t do it in any other way, they are so skilful.”

Unexpected Snub for Insigne

When Italy made its third change of the match, replacing Candreva with Bernardeschi in the dying stages, it meant goalsneak Lorenzo Insigne was resigned to not seeing a single minute of action.

One of Italy’s most potent attacking weapons, he scored 20 goals and recorded 12 assists for Napoli last season, but coach Gian Piero Ventura’s decision to leave him on the bench baffled fans everywhere who were begging for his inclusion.

It even looked like the Italian players on the sideline were getting antsy sitting back and watching their World Cup hopes disappear.

Buffon Last Game for the Azzuri

Gianluigi Buffon had the perfect farewell planned: Concluding his glorious international career exactly where it started, in Russia.

In a bonus sixth World Cup.

It wasn’t mean to be, though.

World in SHOCK : Italy didn’t qualify for the World Cup !

The next World Cup 2018 in Russia will be without ITALY. Sounds shocking  right ?  Italy have failed to qualify for a World Cup for the first time since 1958.
Still Congrats to Sweden who are in the World Cup (1 – 0 aggregate) .
Italy failed to reach Sweden in the second leg and it off to the World Cup .
ONCE AGAIN ITALY ARE OUT OF WORLD CUP!!!
CONGRATULATION SWEDEN !!!

Italy Sweden

Italy vs Sweden

Italy are facing the prospect of missing out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958 should they fail to overcome Sweden in their crunch play-off game on Monday evening at AC Milan’s San Siro.
Match could be Gianluigi Buffon’s last game for national team.

Team News

ITALY :
  • Italy have plenty to ponder after their 1-0 defeat in the first leg on Friday.
  • Marco Verratti will miss the second leg through suspension, while Leonardo Bonucci may have to play with a face mask after breaking his nose in the first leg.
  • Simone Zaza and Leonardo Spinazzola remain doubts after missing the first leg through first injury.
  • Giampiero Ventura’s gamble to revert back to a 3-5-2 formation and drop Lorenzo Insigne backfired massively in Sweden. Changes will be needed here.
SWEDEN :
  • Mikael Lustig missed the 1-0 win on Friday through suspension and should slot back in at right-back here.
  • No other changes are expected from the away side as they look to protect their slender advantage.

Match Facts

  • Italy have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 5 matches against Sweden in all competitions.
  • Italy have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 home matches against Sweden in all competitions.
  • Italy are undefeated in their last 7 home matches against Sweden in all competitions.

Prediction :

Italy – Sweden  | 1 |   1.60

Expected win for ITALY  on this one, but it will be enough  to qualify for the 2018 World Cup?