Australia – World Cup 2014 – Betting
Manager: Ange Postecoglou
Captain: Lucas Neill
FIFA Ranking: 56
World Cup Appearances: 4
Best World Cup: 2006 – Last 16
Australia Team Profile
The Australians were trending so well at the 2006 World Cup under manager Guus Hiddink, when they managed to get through to the last sixteen. That was against the odds because they had to come through a group against Brazil, Croatia and Japan. They face up to another tough group in the 2014 edition where they have to take on Spain, Holland and Chile.
As usual, Australia made pretty light work of qualifying for the World Cup, even though they finished four points back of group winners Japan. They did enough to comfortably book their spot in Brazil, responding well after some warning signals had been shot across their bow that they weren’t going to have things all their own way in the Asian zone. This time around they look to be a long way short of having the quality and perhaps enterprise to make such positives impacts on the draw.
They have dropped a long way in the FIFA World Rankings and that is indicative of how well they are expected to perform here. It is unlikely that on their third appearance at the World Cup finals that they are really going to get out of the group. But the Australians are never short on spirit and competitiveness, that’s for sure, and they will try and make life as difficult for their opponents as possible.
Ange Postecoglou is the man at the head of their World Cup campaign, born in Greece, he made four full international appearances for Australia back in the 1980’s as a defender. His managerial career has seen him stay in the southern hemisphere, and this is by and large the pinnacle of his managerial career. He has the distinction of being the most successful domestic coach in Australia, and it is that experience that the national side are going to be banking on. They would still have wished for an easier group though. He hasn’t had much time in charge of the national side, only taking over back near the end of October 2013, so this summer is going to be a baptism of fire.
Australia Key Players
You would perhaps have expected to see the name of Tim Cahill in here, and even though he is getting on in years now, he still managed top scoring for the Aussies during qualifying. The New York Red Bull player is 34 now and with the massive heat in Brazil being a factor, he may not be putting in ninety minute shifts, but still has one last swansong for his country in the World Cup. His influence and experience up top will go a long way for the Socceroos.
Brett Holman, who scored a couple in the 2010 World Cup could make a valuable contribution this time around as well. But at the back, the most important presence in the squad will be from Lucas Neill, captain and such an influential player with almost 100 caps to his name. He is one of those payers you can always rely on and he has never let his country down before.
Australia Qualification for the World Cup
Goals Scored: 12
Goals Conceded: 7
World Cup Potential: 1/5
The Australian side may not be getting too much out of this one. The biggest problem for them is that their best players are mostly on the wrong side of thirty and there isn’t much world class talent coming through to replace them. So that equates to a lack of depth in the squad and causing them problems is that they are in a such a group of death from their perspective that it is unlikely that they’ll see much light at the end of the tunnel. They had more scares than you would have expected through qualifying, and while they made it the World Cup, they’ll probably be heading home after the group stage.
Australia World Cup Betting Odds
Australia to win the World Cup: 500/1 Bet365
Before the World Cup the odds on Australia were 500/1
Australia World Cup 2014 Fixtures – Group B
|Fr 13th June||20.00||Spain v Holland||1:5|
|Fr 13th June||23.00||Chile v Australia||3:1|
|We 18th June||17.00||Australia v Holland||2:3|
|We 18th June||20.00||Spain v Chile||0:2|
|Mo 23rd June||17.00||Australia v Spain||0:3|
|Mo 23rd June||17.00||Holland v Chile||2:0|
World Cup 2014 Group B Table