Had Australia managed to score on just one of the 12 shots it had against Saudi Arabia in their last meeting, the Socceroos likely would have been the second team from Group B of the Asian Football Confederation 2022 World Cup qualifying rather than the Green Falcons. Australia took nearly twice as many shots as the Saudis, but their November 11 match ended in a scoreless draw. With one meeting left in the final AFC qualifying round, Saudi Arabia has already clinched a spot in the World Cup 2022, while Australia is looking to take a win and momentum into an AFC playoff for one last chance to make it to Qatar 2022. You can see what happens next when you stream all the action on Paramount+.
Kickoff from King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is set for 2 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists Saudi Arabia as the +150 favorite (risk $100 to win $150) in the latest Australia vs. Saudi Arabia odds, while Australia is the +190 underdog. A draw is priced at +195, and the over-under for total goals scored is 2.5. Tuesday's match will be streamed live on Paramount+ with their must-have Premium plan.
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How to watch Australia vs. Saudi Arabia
- Saudi Arabia vs. Australia date: Tuesday, March 29
- Saudi Arabia vs. Australia time: 2 p.m. ET
- Saudi Arabia vs. Australia live stream: Paramount+
AFC World Cup qualifying picks for Saudi Arabia vs. Australia
Before you tune in to Tuesday's World Cup qualifiers, you need to see the AFC World Cup qualifiers picks from soccer insider Brandt Sutton. Sutton, a former collegiate soccer player, has been SportsLine's top soccer editor for nearly five years. He has followed soccer closely for much longer and factors in managerial tactics, projected lineups and past performances to make the most-informed decisions possible, keeping his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.
Sutton has also been on a roll with his best bets, going 12-5 in his last 17 picks overall and returning nearly $500 for $100 bettors who have followed his soccer picks.
For Saudi Arabia vs. Australia, Sutton is picking the match to stay under the half-goal total for the first half. This means he expects the match to be scoreless at halftime. Part of Australia's World Cup despair comes from a 2-0 loss in its last match to Japan in which its opponents scored twice in the closing minutes. In two of Saudi Arabia's last three outings, the Green Falcons were either held off the scoreboard altogether or didn't score until the second half.
Predicting where Australia's offense will come from is difficult, as the only teams it has found consistent success against -- Vietnam, Oman, and China -- all rank well behind them in the FIFA World Rankings. Furthermore, the attacking quartet of Mitchell Duke, Awer Mabil, Ajdin Hrustic and Martin Boyle started against Japan, but none of them have scored in an international match since last November. With their ticket punched, Saudi Arabia is on cruise control and shouldn't be looking to push the pace of the match, particularly early on.
"Saudi Arabia enters Tuesday's clash in top form on home soil," Sutton told SportsLine. "The Green Falcons have won seven of their last eight fixtures at home. Saudi Arabia has been able to secure those positive results thanks to its excellent defensive effort."
How to watch, live stream World Cup qualifiers on Paramount+
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