Australia World Cup betting preview
Australia have qualified for their 5th World Cup this summer and the fourth successive tournament in which they have appeared at.
Australia is a nation that isn’t usually connected with football but in recent years, The Socceroos have become World Cup regulars.
The Australians have played a total of 13 matches at the World Cup, winning two, drawing three and losing the remaining eight.
Despite being knocked out in the group stage in Brazil four years ago, Australia really impressed the world with fantastic performances against Holland and Chile.
Australia qualified for this summer’s tournament after finishing top of AFC group B and then beating Honduras in a play-off over two legs.
Being realistic about Australia World Cup betting
Whilst we are talking about a proud country, those taking a chance on Australia World Cup betting should be well aware that getting out of the group is a tough old task.
Nevertheless, Australia World Cup betting could provide plenty of opportunity as well.
The bookies don’t give much chance to the Socceroos, which means Australia World Cup betting odds are invariably long.
For example, Australia to beat France in their opener is rated by most bookies at 12/1.
How far can Australia go at the World Cup?
Australia have been drawn in Group C alongside France, Denmark and Peru.
France are of course favourites to top the group but second place is up for grabs.
Denmark are a fantastic side with some brilliant players whilst Peru are expected to be Group C’s whipping boys.
Australia begin their campaign in Kazan against France who are one of the favourites to win the whole tournament.
Will Australia be able to bounce back from defeat to France?
It would be a huge upset if Australia were able to beat the French but it is more than likely that they will lose their opening match.
Denmark are the next side that Australia must face. This will be the match that will surely determine who finishes second behind France. If Australia win this match, they will surely be through to the knockout rounds.
Australia have just one match which they are the favourites for. That match is their final group game against Peru. Peru did remarkably well to qualify for the tournament in Russia but Australia are still the slight favourites.
Overall, the odds are against Australia to progress to the knockout rounds but a victory over Denmark, which isn’t impossible, could see them through.
If they were to finish second behind France, Australia would then face whoever tops Group D which is likely to be Lionel Messi’s Argentina.
If Australia were to somehow win the group, they would face whoever finishes second in Group C which will be between Iceland, Croatia or Nigeria.
101 Great Goals prediction on Australia at the World Cup
We think that Australia will narrowly miss out on progression to the knockout rounds to Denmark.
The Socceroos have improved as a nation over the past decade or so but they still have a long way to go if they want to challenge to win the World Cup.
Nonetheless, qualifying for their fourth consecutive World Cup is an achievement in itself and all Australians should be proud of the Socceroos.
The Australia squad
Bert Van Marwijk’s Australia squad consists of plenty of experience and also the youngest player at the World Cup.
Van Marwijk was the Dutch manager at the 2010 World Cup and led his side to the final where they were beaten 1-0 by Spain in Johannesburg.
The Australia squad contains a number of well-known players that have played their club football in England over the past few years.
Just two Premier League players have made the squad; Brighton’s Matthew Ryan and Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy. Both of these men were fantastic for their team’s during their first Premier League seasons.
Queens Park Rangers’ fans player of the season, Massimo Luongo, has also made the squad alongside Hull’s Jackson Irvine and Aston Villa’s Mile Jedinak.
Australia have progressed to the knockout rounds of the World Cup just once (2006) in their history and they would love nothing more than to double their record in a very tough group.
Australia’s recent form ahead of the World Cup
Despite needing a play-off to reach Russia 2018 and losing manager Ange Postecoglou after qualification, the Socceroos have looked good in recent games.
The 4-1 defeat to Norway in March will have been a concern but that was followed up with a creditable 0-0 draw against Colombia.
In the two friendlies before the World Cup, Australia have beaten the Czech Republic 4-0 and Hungary 2-1.
Van Marwijk played exactly the same side in both of Australia’s friendlies and the chat ahead of the France match is that Jedinak will not play in the opener.
These are exactly the sort of results that should send confidence throughout the Socceroos squad.
Australia’s key men
Premier League fans are more than familiar with Tim Cahill. The 38-year-old spent eight years at Everton where he became a firm fan’s favourite.
Cahill spent the second half of the current season at Millwall, the club where he began his professional career back in 1998.
Cahill is Australia’s all-time top scorer with 50 goals. He has represented his country over 105 times.
By scoring against Japan in 2006, Cahill became the first ever Australian scorer at a World Cup. He has scored at every World Cup he has played in (2006, 2010 and 2014), hitting the back of the net 5 times in total on the global stage.
Mie Jedinak is well known amongst Premier League and Championship fans.
The Australian captain has been a vital figure for Aston Villa this season and will appear in the play-off final against Fulham at Wembley next Saturday.
Jedinak can play as a defensive midfielder or at centre back and some say that he has the best beard in football.
The 33 year old has scored 18 goals for his country including a hat-trick against Honduras in the World Cup play-off to seal qualification.
The former Manchester City midfielder was absolutely phenomenal for Huddersfield this season as The Terriers survived in their first Premier League season.
Mooy scored 4 goals and assisted 3 in England’s top flight and he is ready to continue his great form in Russia.
The 27-year-old hasn’t always made the grade with his national team but he has certainly merited a place in their line up for the summer.
We expect Mooy to be Australia’s most important man in Russia.
How Australia will look to attack in Group C
Australia are the true underdogs in Group C in one of the toughest groups in the tournament where they are up against three strong teams
It is going to be a tough scrap for points!
Australia endured a testing 22 game qualifying campaign escaping through a captain inspired Mile Jedinak hatrick against Honduras to evade the hammer of failure!
The Socceroos will be seeking inspiration from their talisman Aaron Mooy, the tenacious midfielder will seek to pull the strings from the heart of the midfield and make them tick.
Coming off an impressive and successful season for Huddersfield where they managed to avoid relegation. Aaron Mooy will definitely be looking to continue his domestic and form into the tournament.
Whilst besides him in the midfield the towering yet silky Tom Rogic will try to unlock defences with his ability to find his teammates in space whilst providing some technical quality in that midfield.
A dangerous player who is worth keeping an eye out for as he hopes to weave some of the magic he has
been producing for Celtic this season.
Captain and leader Mile Jedinak will make up the rest of the midfield who truly lead Australia through the group stages with aplomb, bagging 10 goals to drag them through qualification including 3 in the play-off.
With Jedinak at 33 years of age and age creeping up he may be rotated with Luongo who will ensure there is plenty of energy in the midfield.
Massimo Luongo is a fans’ favourite at QPR and has impressed playing for his country in recent years as well.
One of Australia’s weapons that they will look to utilise will be the blistering pace they host on both flanks with the absolutely rapid Mathew Leckie hoping to replicate his club form at Herth Berlin and finally synchronize his groove with the Socceroos.
Things haven’t quite clicked to perfection for Leckie yet however his brace he scored in the recent friendly against Czech Republic shows a potential glimpse in the future and shimmer of hope!
His fellow winger Robbie Kruse will look to add width and further pace. However Socceroos fans will be hoping that the youngest player at the World Cup and their exciting gem of a talent in Daniel Arzani will add that magic dust that they appear to lack.
Daniel Arzani has just come off the back of an incredibly fruitful season and after his game-changing cameo against Hungary. Where he was the protagonist in supplying the goal and unlocking the defence and creating mischief.
Australia will hope he can be the man to dislodge Kruse from the lineup and provide the pace, flair and the much needed x-factor to their team if they are to progress.
Arzani could be the locksmith to help them to not just bang on doors but rather weasel their way through!
With all these potential instruments of chaos behind him; Andrew Nabbout the Australian striker will look to take advantage of the service provided to him. He stands tall and strong and will look to get on the ends of crosses, set pieces and all passes played into him through the channels.
He will fight for every ball and try provide an outlet for the team. Along with the icon that is Tim Cahill the Socceroos are not a team you will look to concede a free kick to!
With Aaron Mooys delivery, the pace of the Australia’s wingers and the threats in the box, we can expect the experienced Bert Van Marwijk to know how to utilize his team’s strengths!
They will look to keep tight, hit teams with their pace and distribution on the counter and will have men ready for any balls they launch into the box.
Combine this with some magic from Arzani and Rogic as well as playing combative and tight, the Socceroos will hope thats enough to give the stiff competition a battle to make it out the group!