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Australia v Uzbekistan AFC Asian Cup tips & odds | January 23

With their spot in the AFC Asian Cup knockout rounds already secured, the Socceroos now face their toughest test yet as they face Uzbekistan in their final group stage match to determine who will finish on top of Group B.

The Aussies maintained their winning record on Thursday night with a nervy 1-0 over Syria. Comfortably on top throughout the match, the Socceroos struggled to create chances, with Jackson Irvine’s toe-poke the only registered shot on target for the match. While Irvine has been impressive with a goal in each game, the reliance on a midfielder to score raises major concerns around the forward line and may force some changes for their next clash.

An excellent first-half burst set the stage for Uzbekistan’s first win of the tournament as they beat India 3-0 in their last match. The 68th-ranked team in the world was keen to bounce back after their disappointing draw to start their campaign. Sat in second on four points, qualification to the knockout stages isn’t yet confirmed for Uzbekistan. They can still finish top of the group with a win here, while a draw or Syria not winning their match with India would see them make it through in second.


Socceroos vs Uzbekistan top tips & odds

Australia to win

+150
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Bovada

Under 2.5 Goals

-212.77
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Bovada

Jackson Irvine to score or assist

Best Odds
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Australia v Uzbekistan soccer betting predictions

After their unimpressive start to the tournament, a much better performance is needed from the Socceroos in order to get through the Uzbekistan defence. However, the Aussies have much more quality across the park with our faultless defence and goal-scoring midfield. Showing great value, back the Aussies here at $2.50 with Bovada.

Both sides so far in this tournament have scored three while conceding no goals, a clear indication of the defensive strengths of the two sides. With the Aussie offensive concerns continuing, it is hard to see this match producing many big chances. As a result, this appears to be a low-scoring clash with the under-2.5 market at $1.47 with top online betting sites.

Man of the Match in both the Socceroos’ matches so far, midfielder Jackson Irvine is leading the side as one of the veterans of the squad. The St Pauli captain has been involved in everything so far for the Aussies, with his ability to dictate the pace of the game aiding his chance creation. Needing a big moment to get on the scoresheet, back Irvine to score or assist at with top soccer bookies.


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