Australia World Cup Odds: How Will The Socceroos Fare In Qatar?
The Socceroos are heading to the World Cup after twinkle-toed goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne emerged as the hero in a penalty shootout against Peru.
They will go into Group D alongside France, Denmark and Tunisia, and betting sites are offering generous odds on them reaching the knockout stage of the tournament.
Australia will undoubtedly face a stern test of their mettle against the reigning world champions and a star-studded Danish team.
However, they will be in with a chance of causing an upset if they display the sort of grit and determination they showed in sweltering conditions against Peru.
Let’s quickly recap what went down in Qatar and look ahead to Australia’s upcoming World Cup adventure.
Redmayne Sends Socceroos To The World Cup
The Socceroos finished third in their World Cup qualifying group, meaning they had to battle their way through two tense playoff games.
Goals from Jackson Irvine and Ajdin Hrustic earned them a 2-1 victory over the UAE in their first match. Their reward was an intercontinental playoff with the Peruvians, who finished fifth in the South American qualifying group, ahead of Colombia and Chile.
The best football betting sites made Peru the 1.4 favourites to advance to the World Cup at Australia’s expense, while the Socceroos were 2.75 outsiders.
However, Australia put in an impressive performance in the ferocious heat of Qatar, and it finished 0-0 after 120 minutes. Things were looking grim when Martin Boyle missed the first spot-kick, but Redmayne came to the rescue.
Australia’s backup keeper replaced captain Mat Ryan for the shootout, and he engaged in madcap, TikTok-style dancing on the line to distract Peru’s penalty takers.
It worked, as Luis Advíncula hit the post and he saved the decisive penalty from Alex Valera, sparking pandemonium among the travelling green-and-gold fans.
Australia’s World Cup Opponents
The Socceroos may well have landed in the toughest group when it comes to the World Cup 2022 betting odds. France are the reigning world champions after blazing a trail of destruction across the 2018 tournament.
Since then, Karim Benzema - a shoo-in for this year’s Ballon d’Or - has returned from the international wilderness, further bolstering a world-class attack that already features Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann.
The spine of the team is rock solid, featuring the likes of Raphaël Varane, N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba. There is a great deal of quality down the flanks too, and Didier Deschamps is blessed with strength in depth.
Denmark are up to 11th in the FIFA world rankings following a very consistent couple of years.
The Danes beat France 2-1 in the UEFA Nations League at the start of June, and they sit top of their group. Star players include Christen Eriksen, Andreas Christensen, Mikkel Damsgaard and Kasper Schmeichel.
Tunisia are arguably the weakest team in the group, but they cannot be taken lightly. They are 35th in the world rankings, seven places ahead of the Socceroos, and they are one of just five teams to qualify from a fiercely competitive African playoff process.
The Socceroos’ Group Odds
As you would expect, France are the 1.4 favourites with bet365 to win Group D.
Denmark are next in the betting at 4.0, followed by Australia and Tunisia. Most betting sites have priced both Australia and Tunisia at 15.0, but you can find 19.0 with Unibet on the Socceroos and 21.0 on Tunisia in places.
The top two teams in the group will reach the Round of 16, and the other two will pack their bags and head home.
Les Bleus are odds-on favourites to qualify for the knockout stage of the tournament. It would be very surprising if they failed to do so. That would leave Australia to slug it out with Denmark and Tunisia.
The Danes are priced at 1.33 to reach the Round of 16, while you can find 4.33 on Australia and Tunisia in this market.
That suggests it will be an uphill struggle, but the Australian team should go into this tournament full of confidence.
The players know the region well and they are acclimatised to the conditions. They have played more than 15 times in the Middle East since Graham Arnold took the reins, as many fixtures were moved there during the pandemic.
They have a nice blend of youth and experience, and they are mentally strong, so they could cause a lot of problems for Denmark and Tunisia.
Australia’s World Cup Odds
Betfair makes the Socceroos 426.0 underdogs to win the World Cup. If it were a horse race, Australia would slot straight into the “roughie” category.
Only four qualified teams - Qatar, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Iran - currently have longer odds when it comes to winning the competition.
No team from outside of Europe and South America has ever won this tournament, so Arnold’s men are unlikely to lift the Jules Rimet trophy in December.
However, soccer is full of surprises - such as Leicester defying odds of 5001.0 to win the Premier League in 2016 - so hope springs eternal for the Socceroos in Qatar.
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