Australia - 2014 FIFA World Cup Betting Odds to Win

Australia moved to Asian qualifying for this World Cup and while they did not have many issues in that process they will progressing to the round of 16 in Brazil. They have a good midfield, but both the offense and defense are their concerns.

The Aussies were hammered 6-0 in two friendlies after the squad had qualified and how will they match up in a tough group that includes Chile, as well as Holland and Spain, who met in the 2010 World Cup final.

Australia Odds to win World Cup 2014: +50000
Australia Odds to win Group B: +3300

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How They Advanced:

Australia advanced to the World Cup coming in Second in Asian qualifying Group B. In their last three qualifying matches they only gave up one goal including two clean sheets in their last two. The one goal they gave up was to a tough Japan team that is playing in this World Cup. The defense was solid in qualifying and they did not give up more than two goals in any match. However, they were not playing top tier talent in the Asian continent.

Early Prediction:

Hard to say Australia will do much in their group facing Spain and Holland. The one match they may have a chance is facing Chile, but that squad is in form and has played solid since changing their head coach. With their 6-0 drubbings facing France and Brazil after qualifying the Aussies will not make much noise in Brazil being in a tough group and they will come in last going winless in group play.

Qualifying Results:

15/11/11 Thailand 0 - 1 Australia
29/02/12 Australia 4 – 2 Saudi Arabia               
08/06/12 Oman 0 – 0 Australia                
12/06/12 Australia 1 – 1 Japan                
11/09/12 Jordan 2 – 1 Australia              
16/10/12 Iraq 1 – 2 Australia                    
26/03/13 Australia 2 – 2 Oman                
04/06/13 Japan 1 – 1 Australia                
11/06/13 Australia    4 – 0 Jordan            
18/06/13 Australia 1 – 0 Iraq

Australia Key Players

Mile Jedinak MF Crystal Palace – The offensive minded MF is one of the squad’s  most dangerous scoring options.

Tim Cahill MF New York Red Bulls – The veteran and leader of the club is nearing the end of his career for the national team and his leadership will be needed.

Robbie Kruse FW Bayer Leverkusen – This young striker from the Bundesliga has to key the Australia offensive attack.

Past World Cup Results:

2010 Eliminated in group stage.
2006 Round of 16 lost in a controversial 1-0 match against eventual champion Italy.
2002 Did not qualify

Australia World Cup Schedule:

13/06/14 Chile vs. Australia  - Arena Pantanal   
18/06/14 Australia vs. Netherlands - Estadio Beira-Rio          
23/06/14 Australia vs. Spain - Arena da Baixada

Australia World Cup Roster