History is well and truly in the Caltex Socceroos favour as they look to book their spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
With a phenomenal home record in World Cup Qualifiers that has seen them go undefeated since 2008, Australia will be firm favourites when they tackle Honduras on Wednesday night.
PREVIEW: Caltex Socceroos v Honduras
Here are five fast facts ahead of the decisive second leg at Stadium Australia.
- Neither side could score in the first leg, though the Caltex Socceroos have scored one goal and conceded none in each of their previous two Intercontinental play-offs on home turf.
- The Caltex Socceroos are undefeated in their last 21 World Cup Qualifiers on home turf (W18, D3), last losing in 2008 to China 1-0.
- Honduras are undefeated in their last six World Cup Qualification games (W2, D4), the last time they went longer without a loss in their quest for a World Cup berth was a seven-game stretch across 2012 and 2013 (W4, D3).
- Australia have been fouled on 20 or more occasions in each of their last two World Cup Qualification games after not winning so many in any of their previous 19 qualifiers.
- Rommel Quioto has scored a goal in two of his last four games for Honduras, though neither of those strikes came away from home.
When are your Caltex Socceroos in action this weekend?
Awer Mabil and FC Midtjylland are out to flag their Danish Superliga intentions this weekend against Nordsjaellan... Midtjylland got their new campaign off to a winning start last Saturday morning as Mikael Anderson struck a 90th-minute winner in a 1-0 victory over Esbjerg.
Heat, humidity, altitude and air miles: what the Caltex Socceroos can expect on the road to Qatar
The Caltex Socceroos? road to Qatar 2022 is likely to be a long and winding one, featuring intense heat, humidity, altitude and countless air miles. Having received a bye through their first round of Asian Football Confederation qualifying for FIFA World Cup 2022, Graham Arnol
‘I’m loving being back’: Behich beams about return to Turkey
Caltex Socceroos defender Aziz Behich has his sights set on Champions League football with new club ?stanbul Ba?ak?ehir FK after making a ?smooth transition? back into Turkish Football. After spending last season in Holland at PSV Eindhoven, Behich has returned to Turkey where
Gary van Egmond names maiden Young Socceroos squad
New Young Socceroos Head Coach Gary van Egmond today named his maiden squad in charge of Australia?s under-20 men?s national football team. Van Egmond has selected 30 players for a training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra from Sunday, 28 July 2019 to Fri