Betting my way to Russia – Asian playoff 2nd-leg report

I followed the Socceroos around the world to 4 World Cup qualification playoffs and the finals in Russia. I paid for it all with crypto I won betting on the games! See the introductory post for details.

The game: Australia 2 – Syria 1 (Australia qualify)

Another unconvincing performance from the Socceroos. They dominated possession so overwhelmingly that they inevitably created a number of good chances. But they failed to finish all but 1 of them in the 90 minutes.

The Socceroos play a slow, patient and controlled build up from the back rather than playing fast and direct football. This gives the opposition the chance to set up their lines and defensive structure.

We often play one-too-many passes or pass to a teammate who is surrounded by defenders. This causes turnovers after which we are vulnerable to the counter attack because we only have 3 at the back.

With this level of play, the Socceroos are unlikely to win against Honduras next month.

The bets

In this 2nd-leg my bet was “Australia to qualify” and we did just that. I got it on at odds of 1.155 and it closed at 1.11, so this was a great bet.

A similar thing happened with my “Double chance: Draw or Australia” bet on the 1st-leg. I got it on at 1.23 and it closed at 1.15!

Winner winner chicken dinner! The expenses for this trip to Melaka Malaysia and Sydney Australia totaled 886 m฿. The amount I won betting on the games totaled 886 m฿!

Sydney Australia

I am from Melbourne so I begrudgingly admit that Sydney is a great city. Melbourne is a better city but Sydney is the great Australian city. By that I mean Melbourne is the least Australian city in Australia (it’s the most European).

The Socceroos could not have a better home base than Sydney and Stadium Australia is fantastic soccer venue. I can’t wait to come back here with 76,000 Socceroos fans for the 2nd-leg of the intercontinental playoff against Honduras.

Stadium Australia was built for the 2000 Olympic Games. Its capacity is 83,000. Conditions were perfect for 42,00 fans.

Betting my way to Russia: Asian qualification conclusion

Well this has been an unqualified success! In the 1st-leg I discovered a gem of a town in Melaka Malaysia. In the 2nd-leg I caught up with friends and family in Sydney. I watched the Socceroos get 2 good results and I traveled in style.

I paid for it all with crypto I won betting on the games. If I can keep this up all the way though the World Cup in Russia it will be a dream come true.

I can’t wait for the travel experience of the intercontinental playoff against Honduras but I am nervous about Australia’s chance of qualifying.

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