Australia U20 – El Salvador U20 25.06.2013
Having shared the spoils with Colombia at the start of the U20 World Cup, Australia are brimming with confidence ahead of the encounter against El Salvardor in the second round.
The Australians are considered favourites in this clash, but at the major tournaments impossible is nothing.
Australia were on the verge of victory in the clash against Colombia, but the South Americans equalised ten minutes before the final whistle. De Silva scored the opener for the Australians at the start of the second half and he was the key player Paul Okonˈs side. Taking everything into account, Australia produces good performance in their opener at U20 FIFA World Cup in Turkey and they are surely brimming with confidence ahead of the clash against far from brilliant El Salvador side. In case of winning against El Salvador Australia could even climb to the second place in the group, but only if hosts Turkey beat Colombia in the other match of the second round. Given that El Salvador is probably the worst team at the World Cup, everything but an easy win for Australia would be a major surprise in this clash. Australia will once again adopt attack-minded approach and I believe that they will emerge triumphant.
Match: Australia U20 – El Salvador U20 18.00h
League: World Cup U20
Our prediction: Home Win Odds: 1.50
As expected El Salvador started the World Cup with a defeat against the hosts Turkey. El Salvador did not start the match in great manner, just after 9 minutes (Ucan) they were one goal down and the Turks sealed the victory in the second half (Sahin 46, 64). El Salvador have a certain quality in their squad but the lack of tactical ideas seems to be the biggest problem for Mauricio Alfaroˈs men. El Salvador now square off against Australia and they are facing a must-win situation if they are eager to secure their place in the last 16. I would not be surprised if El Salvador go all guns blazing at Australia, and that should give the Kangaroos lot of chances on counter-attack. Taking everything into account, El Salvador are unlikely to advance to the last 16 round and that is why I would not put my money on them in the clash against the young Australians.