Socceroos Odds At The World Cup
The Australian World Cup soccer team will be participating in their fifth World Cup here and their fourth straight. They were in the 1974 World Cup but failed to advance past the Group stage. They returned in the 2006 tournament where they reached the Group of 16. They’ve featured in the two Cups since, and on both times they again failed to get out of the Group stage.
Australia drawn in the ‘Group of the Death’
The Socceroos have been drawn into a group with 3 other sides, all of who are ranked inside the top 15 sides of the world, while Australia has a respectable but much lower ranking of 40. They will be in Group C alongside France (ranked 7), Peru (ranked 11) and Denmark (ranked 12). All three of these Socceroos matches will be very tough, with the side set to treat each one like it’s their last game.
Socceroos World Cup Fixtures and history against Group C opponents
The Socceroos fixtures in Russia will be:
Saturday, June 16 at 1pm (local)/8pm (AEST) – France v Australia
These sides have met just 4 times previously. In May 1994 France won 1-0. 7 years later Australia returned favour with a 1-0 win in the Confederations Cup. They met again 5 months later and played out a 1 all draw. Their last encounter though was not so close, with France scoring a 6-0 win in October 2013.
Thursday, June 21 at 4pm (local)/10pm (AEST) – Denmark v Australia
Australia has met Denmark just 3 times. In 2007, Denmark scored a comfortable 3-1 win. In June 2010 Australia had a strong 1-0 victory. Their last clash was 2 years later and saw Denmark win 2-0.
Tuesday, June 26 at 5pm (local)/midnight (AEST) – Australia v Peru
This final Group match will be the first time Australia and Peru will meet on the international stage.
Socceroos 2018 World Cup Squad: Which players are on the plane to Russia?
New coach Bert van Mawijk has named a 26 man provisional Socceroos squad. On June 4, just 10 days before the tournament commences, the squad is set to be whittled down to the best 23 Socceroos players.
Their 26 man squad contains the following players:
Brad Jones, Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic; Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Matthew Jurman, Fran Karacic, James Meredith, Josh Risdon, Trent Sainsbury; Josh Brillante, Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedinak, Robbie Kruse, Massimo Luongo, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic, James Troisi; Daniel Arzani, Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Mathew Leckie, Andrew Nabbout, Dimitri Petratos, Nikita Rukavytsya.
Chances of progression to Round of 16
Given the strength in quality of their three rivals in Group C, it would appear that the Socceroos odds of advancing to the Round of 16 is very low. However, given the other three sides are capable of beating one another, Australia may well have a chance if their opponents fall over each other. Do not write off the side too hastily at all.
Socceroos World Cup Betting Odds
Australia was one of the last 2 sides to qualify for the World Cup and despite being in the final 32, they are ranked at 40 in the world. They will be hard up against it here, however they have a great coach with an impressive record on the World stage, a good mix of experience and youth, from local and world class competitions. Socceroos betting could prove to be very intriguing if their Group fails to produce a dominant side after the second Group match.