The Socceroos are in a tight spot following their 2-0 loss to Japan, but where there’s life there’s hope – and that spells trouble for Thailand in the World Cup qualifier in Melbourne. Australia needs to win handsomely to keep their Russia 2018 hopes alive, and given their backs-to-the-wall mentality, the home-ground advantage, and Thailand’s minnow status (they are ranked 130th in the world), look for Ange Postecoglou’s men to pile on the goals at AAMI Park.
Tip: Australia -3 @ $2.20
The ‘Fed-Express’ appears to be on a semi-final collision course with archrival Rafael Nadal at the US Open, but he has a fourth-round assignment against veteran Kohlschreiber to negotiate first. After kicking off his New York campaign with a pair of five-setters, Federer found his groove in a straight-sets win over Feliciano Lopez. The 33rd seed Kohlschreiber is yet to drop a set, although his draw has been comparably soft. Federer has an 11-0 career record against Kohlschreiber and should power into the quarters, but expect the German to fight tooth and nail.
The All Whites may have released EPL stars Chris Wood and Ryan Thomas, but the magnitude of their 6-1 first leg win over Solomon Islands suggests they will have little trouble racking up another big win in the return clash. NZ have outscored Solomon Islands 15-2 in their last four clashes, and while Honiara is a tricky venue, the gap in class between the teams is huge.