Australia have been dropped into Group C alongside France, Peru and Denmark and although qualification for the knock-out stage of the competition isn’t beyond them it’s certainly rated as unlikely by bookmakers. Punters who fancy a shot at Australia to qualify will find a staggering 33/1 available on them topping the charts.
With that price in mind it’s then no surprise to find as big as 750/1 about them going all the way but even that shouldn’t be big enough to tempt most sane players. They kick-off their challenge against France on Saturday 16th June with that 11.00am start screened live on BBC. 22/1 to win the match tells its own story.
Traders are confident Bert van Marwijk’s side will have very little to shout about and we’re not debating that, but they do have talent in their squad. Read on as we put Socceroos under the microscope…..
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Cahill there to make up the numbers?
The vastly experienced 38-year-old will be as surprised as anyone to still be involved in World Cup competitions at this stage of his career but despite his age the team can’t afford to turn their back on him as he remains one of their most talented players. The attacker played a part in Millwall’s failed promotion bid this season but is best known from his time at Everton where he spent eight years of his career.
He has been making headlines for the wrong reasons of late with critics suggesting he was named in the World Cup squad for commercial reasons, something FIFA denies, but if that’s true or not we’re sure it won’t make any difference. If called upon he is more than good enough to do a job and Australia aren’t in a position to turn their back on a man with his background. 5/1 to top score for his country.
If the goals aren’t going to come from Cahill and he is just there to make up the numbers and help promote their chances then that’ll shift the weight of expectation onto the shoulders of Tomi Juric. The 26-year-old from New South Wales is seen as the long-term future of the Aussie attack and he’s already chipped in with eight goals in 34 appearances. 5/1 joint-fav with Cahill to score more than his countrymen and that looks a better bet.
The towering 6ft 3inch striker is employed by Swiss club FC Luzern having transferred from Roda in 2016. A proven asset in the final-third of the park but his hot temper has landed him in trouble a couple of times already and he was sent off against both Grasshoppers and Sion. That’s something he will be required to keep in check if he’s to be handed a spot in the starting XI.
The midfielder has been simply superb for Scottish champions Celtic in recent seasons, doing his bit in a domestic clean-sweep that saw The Bhoys go through the 2016/17 season unbeaten. The 25-year-old scored some important goals this term too including one in a stunning 5-0 Old Firm Derby win over Rangers in April. Stepping up to the plate when it matters is nothing new to Rogic and he’ll fancy a crack at the big boys in this tournament.
Despite being a midfielder he scored four goals in Celtic’s last 10 games and that makes him value in the top scoring Australian betting with 8/1 doing the rounds. With the team not expected to get too much joy in front of goal we’re sure one or two would see him go close. Already has seven in 35 games but we’re sure his club form will see him start all three group matches.