Australia v Serbia Preview: Tips & Betting Odds, Wednesday, 23rd June (Group D)

22nd June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
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Australia v Serbia Betting Odds

Serbia to win – 10/11 at Bet365
Draw: 11/4 at BetFred
Australia to win: 7/2 at Victor Chandler


Serbia will be looking to wrap up qualification from Group D with a strong finish against the rugged Australians. Serbia were strongly tipped in World Cup betting to be a strong dark horse and push Germany all the way for top spot in the group. But Serbia find themselves down in third with African nation Ghana leading the way. This is all because Serbia blew their lines in their opening fixture against Ghana, pretty much handing their opponents three points after losing their composure in their latter stages of the match. The strong, physical and swift passing of the Serbians was there to be seen, but suffering a red card and then giving a penalty away ruined their World Cup opener. But the Serbians showed a lot of mettle in their second match, turning tables on their fortunes to beat the strong looking Germans. Those three points were necessary to keep Serbia in the hunt for a qualification point, and while Germany and Ghana will be battling it out amongst themselves, Serbia, with a win over Australia will guarantee their place in the last sixteen of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

A draw may even be enough for Serbia, if Germany lose to Ghana. Serbia coach Radomir Antic will get back the services of Aleksandar Lukovic, who was shown the red card in their first match, the first incident which put the Serbians under pressure. Serbia have a strong back line, and that will put them in good stead against an Aussie team which like a good battle themselves. Along with Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic keeping things tight at the back, when they press forward a lot of the play moves through Milan Jovanovic, who could easily become one of the stand out stars of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He grabbed Serbia’s vital winning goal against Germany, and is hugely influential to the Serbian side. There is a good balance of speed, power and control with the Serbians, and while they are not among the elite group in Europe, the gap surely cannot be that wide. They can impress again with a good solid win against Australia.

Serbia World Cup 2010 Stats
Played: W1, D0, L1
GF/GA: 1/1
Cards: Y6, R1
Most Shots: Three players, 3
Top Scorer: Milan Jovanovic, 1
Shots/On Goal: 22/5
Fouls Committed: 20
Total Passes: 906
Pass Completion: 72%


Australia have never gotten the better of European opposition at the World Cup and their task will be made harder by the fact that they will be without Harry Kewell and Craig Moore who will both be missing through suspension. Discipline has been a problem for Pim Verbeek’s men at South Africa 2010, and after receiving a red card in their opening 4-0 defeat by Argentina, Everton’s Tim Cahill will be back in the side. If Cahill gets on the score sheet then the Aussies will be full of hope, as they have never lost a competitive match when Cahill has scored. Their talismanic midfielder is key to any Aussie success, but they will face another tough task against Serbia. The Aussies can probably count themselves lucky that Ghana did not fully press home their man advantage against the men from Down Under, as the African nation never really grabbed enough initiative in attack to really punish the Australians.

Australia reached the second round at Germany ‘06 by avoiding defeat in their final group match against Croatia. But they have to go one better this time around, as they need all three points to be in with a chance of sneaking through again. A victory would leave them on four points, which is the total group leaders Ghana have a the moment. Australia will also be banking on a Ghana win, because if Germany sneak a point and the Aussies win, then Germany will go through on a far superior goal difference. So while the chance for the green and gold is pretty slim, they will have heart. They will have plenty of spirit in the match, but as seen already, that has not quite been enough. After being destroyed by Germany and let off the hook against Ghana, the Australians are justifying their standings in the World Cup Betting as rank outsiders to get out of Group B. They will be disappointed with themselves, but will fight and hustle to the end. It is unlikely to be good enough against strong European opposition again though.

Australia World Cup 2010 Stats
Played: W1, D1, L0
GF/GA: 2/1
Cards: Y4, R2
Most Shots: Three players, 2
Top Scorer: Brett Holman, 1
Shots/On Goal: 18/7
Fouls Committed: 37
Total Passes: 1005
Pass Completion: 72%

Asian Handicap Betting Tip: Physical endurance could play its part again here, as the Australians are likely to run out of steam at the end of the match. They have had to play most of their tournament with 10 men, and that will not have helped their cause. They have an uphill battle to try and get out of this one though, and a Serbian win looks on the cards.
Serbia -1 for 7/4 at BetFair



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