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Australia comes into the World Cup after moving to the Asian zone, which made it easier for them to qualify. They are in a tough group and have long shot odds to make it to the round of 16. They have a few solid players, but their best player with Premier League experience in Robbie Kruse is out for the tournament with a serious knee injury. They played a couple of friendlies after qualifying for the World Cup playing the solid teams of France and Brazil, but they lost both 6-0, which highlighted major weaknesses on the squad.
The Aussies are in Group B along with 2010 World Cup champion Spain., 2010 runner-up Holland, and Chile. They have a decent defense that played well in qualifying, but they are outmatches facing all of the teams in the group. They simply do not have the talent to stay with Spain and Holland and there only chance to take points in group play may be facing Chile, who are playing on their home continent and finished WC qualifying on fire.
Odds to win Win World Cup: +50000
Odds to win Group: +3300
Odds to finish bottom of group: -350
Best World Cup Finish: Round of 16 (2006)
World Cup Match 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
The Aussies finished 2nd a defense that did not allow more than 2 goals in any of their qualifying matches.
They did face Japan twice in qualifying and they are playing this summer and in both of those matches they played to a 1-1 draw. Overall, in qualifying Australia had 5 wins, 4 draws, and 1 loss.
Strengths and Weaknesses
The midfield has a couple of good players in Mile Jedinak from Crystal Palace and Tim Cahill from the New York Red Bulls, but after these 2 there is a significant drop in world-class talent. I said before that the defense was key in in their Asian qualifying in their group and they won with qualifying, but can they keep up with the likes of Spain and Holland in group play? That is a big question and another one is who will head the attack with their best FW in Robbie Kruse not playing this summer? The Aussies are not great at the time of possession game and that will really be evident facing Holland and Spain. The counter-attack will be key for the Aussies, who will drop back on defense in all 3 matches in group play.