Key Man Kewell optimistic for Australia World Cup Fixtures

14th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Former Leeds United star Harry Kewell has been grabbing all the headlines in Australia’s build up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. But those headlines have not been making happy reading, as the 31 year old is struggling for fitness. Australia Coach Pim Verbeek has included Kewell in their preliminary squad, but the Galatasaray forward has apparently re-injured his groin, an injury which had kept him out of action since the start of the year. There are doubts now whether or not Kewell, who is an influential lynch pin in the Australian setup, will be able to take part. At the minimum, there is a hope that he will be able to play some part, even if he is not 100%. Verbeek is willing to take a chance on one of his star players, and has until June 1st to decide whether or not to take Kewell with him as part of his final 23 man World Cup squad. World Cup 2010 betting odds have Australia as favourites not to qualify from Group D.

The Australians are not blessed  with a lot of options up front, and that is why this injury scare to their star man Kewell, could have major repercussions on betting on Australia at the World Cup. The former Leeds and Liverpool man though, is optimistic that he will be fit in time to turn out for the first of Australia’s World Cup matches, which is against Germany in Group D. The Socceroos are already back in the odds, and as of now are not being heavily backed to qualify from the group, which also contains strong African nation Ghana, and serious dark horse threat in Serbia. He is being cautious in his approach though, in order not to try and aggravate his groin any further, largely under instruction from his club doctors. The Aussies are not short of confidence about themselves though, and as long as some hope remains, Kewell could be a factor. Experience does count for a lot, and they will hopefully take some from their showing in Germany 2006.

Football is not top of the list when it comes to sport in Australia, falling behind Aussie Rules, Rugby and Cricket. So quite what the World Cup can expect from the World Cup this time around, is a little bit of an unknown quantity. Key midfielder Tim Cahill is expecting to turn the sporting attention of the country to the big tournament in South Africa, confident that his nation can cause a stir. The men from Down Under are making their third appearance at the World Cup, and have only won one of their seven matches in their brief World Cup history. There is some debate as to whether their move from the Oceania zone to the Asian zone really has pushed them forward in terms of playing tougher opposition, but all will be revealed on the world stage, where there is no place to hide. Their World Cup fixtures place them up against group favourites Germany at the outset, and in terms of betting, it is hard to see where they will be picking up points. Australia take on New Zealand in an international friendly on May 24th, which Kewell is expected to miss.

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