World Cup 2018 | Qualifying Team Guide | Australia

Qualifying as the penultimate team in the 2018 World Cup, Australia has a steep task ahead in Group C. The Socceroos qualified in a 3-1 showdown against Honduras in Sydney last November, amid a cloud of uncertainty. Coach Ange Postecoglou has stepped down for Russia 2018 and star player Tim Cahill is embroiled in retirement rumours. The odds of seeing an Australia World Cup win is remote. The odds of the Socceroos going equaling their best performance and getting past the group stages also seems doubtful.

With the Socceroos set to take on France, Denmark and Peru, ladbrokes logo has set the odds at 500/1* for an Australia World Cup win. While Paddy Power logo and william hill logo have set the mark at 25/1* for Australia to top Group C.

  • Fifa Ranking: 39
  • Tournament Best: Round of 16, 2006
  • Australia World Cup Appearances: 4

Australia World Cup – Road to Russia 2018

Ange Postecoglou, a coach with a largely positive legacy has called it quits after a 4 year tenure with the team. His announcement came only days after he steered his team into Australia’s fourth consecutive World Cup appearance. It is still unclear as to who will be filling these shoes for the World Cup 2018. But the break means the FFA will have time to find the right person for the job.

While the task ahead isn’t as ominous as the group of death of 2014, Group C isn’t without it’s challenges. Each of Australia’s opponents are within the top 12 Fifa rankings. Australia will meet former Champions France in Kazan on June 16. This match will be followed by the number 12 ranked Denmark on Friday June 22 in Samara. Then the final group game is against the number 11 ranked Peru on Wednesday, June 27, in Sochi.

Last time the Socceroos met France in 2013, they suffered a crushing defeat that contributed to the then coach Holger Osieck being replaced by Ange Postecoglou.

Australia World Cup Team

Australian players celebrate after defeating Honduras during their World Cup soccer playoff deciding match in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Daniel Munoz) @ Polfoto

Australia World Cup – Key Players

Tim Cahill, the best known Australian player on the pitch is rumoured to be hanging up his boots. However, he has told reporters that he plans to make World Cup training his priority after recently tearing up his contract with Melbourne City. The 38 year old aims to join football great Pele to be the second only player to score in 4 consecutive World Cups.

Without Cahill, Australia’s front line leave a lot to be desired. Besides the game veteran and key striker, the Socceroos don’t seem to have decent backup. Tomi Juric had his chances against Honduras, squandering many, while Nikita Rukavytsya and Jamie Maclaren probably wouldn’t stand up against Europe’s backlines.

However, there is hope in the midfield. Tom Rogic and Aaron Mooy are part of a new generation that could just help the Australia World Cup odds along. The pair have proved their metal in Asia, but the World Cup is a different beast entirely. Though, with Rogic making waves for Celtic in the Scottish Premier League, and Mooy debuting in the English Premier League scoring a much revered goal against Manchester United for Huddersfield Town, they may have learned a thing or two.

Australia World Cup Betting Odds

Event Selection Best Odds Brand
2018 World Cup Australia Win 500/1* ladbrokes logo
2018 World Cup Australia Win 500/1* betvictor logo
2018 World Cup Australia Win 400/1* Unibet logo

*Odds at the time of writing. Subject to change.