QPR's Australian midfielder Massimo Luongo was content with a 0-0 draw in Honduras that makes the Socceroos' task simple and he revealed he received advice from Rangers' Canadian contingent.
If they win on Wednesday they will be able to book their hotels Russia for the 2018 World Cup.
Australia were the better team against the north American opponents but were shut out by their impressive defence and Luongo knows they could have taken an advantage back down under.
“We could’ve easily got a few [goals]”, the QPR man told Fox Sports after the game.
“I don’t want to use excuses but it’s such a difficult place to come to. I’ve got a few Canadian boys in my team (Michael Petrasso) who said it was such a difficult place to come to.
“And it was. The pitch was unpredictable, they were unpredictable. We knew we were in for a battle."
However, Australia, who came through a nervy tie with Syria last month, now have home advantage.
Luongo added: “It would’ve been nice to get one for us in the first half. And I’ve played in games where we weren’t even getting chances.
“We’ll take it into the second leg, on a better pitch with the crowd behind us. Our travel regime is on point and they’ll find it difficult and we’re used to it.”