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Australia, Peru favorites in second legs of Intercontinental Playoff matchups

Australia will be looking to extend their home winning streak during World Cup qualifying to five matches when they battle Honduras on Wednesday in the second leg of their Intercontinental Playoff clash as a -180 favorite on the betting lines.

The Socceroos played Honduras to a scoreless draw as +260 road underdogs in last Friday’s first-leg tilt in San Pedro Sula, and have now held opponents to one or fewer goals in six of seven outings across all competitions ahead of Wednesday’s matchup at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

The Australians opened the current World Cup qualification cycle in impressive fashion, posting wins in nine of their first 10 contests. The Socceroos have struggled to close the deal in qualifying matchups since, winning just four of 11 overall, but are a 18-3-0 in 21 qualifiers on home turf since 2008 and have outscored opponents by a 32-6 margin on home turf in a 9-1-0 run during Russia 2018 qualifying.

Los Catrachos travel Down Under as +525 underdogs after getting dominated in their first-leg clash with Australia. Honduras mustered just two shots on target and 43% possession while pegged as +105 chalk in its home date with the Socceroos. That marked the first time the Hondurans were blanked in a meaningful home match since dropping a 1-0 decision to Panama as -110 favorites in qualifying action last November.

While Honduras has earned points in each of its past two qualifiers on the road, the national side has struggled in dates on foreign soil, going 1-4-5 in its past 10, failing to find the back of the net in six of those contests.

In this week’s other Intercontinental Playoff matchup, New Zealand will be aiming to pull off a major upset as it visits Peru as a massive +1400 underdog.

The All Whites played Peru to a scoreless draw as +385 home underdogs in the first leg of their matchup on Friday, while limiting Los Incas to just three shots on target. The draw extends New Zealand’s unbeaten streak in World Cup qualifying to an impressive 19 matches. However, the All Whites have enjoyed little luck on the road since topping Fiji 2-0 in late March, going 0-1-5 in six outings across all competitions.

Pegged as heavy -500 chalk, Peru can lock up its first World Cup berth since 1982 with a win over the All Whites on Wednesday. Los Incas have struggled offensively in recent outings, scoring just one total goal during an 0-3-0 overall run, but have not allowed more than one goal per game during a 4-1-0 run on home turf.

 

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