Countdown to Brazil World Cup – Group B – Australia

Australia could not have fared worse at the 2014 World Cup group draw, being pitted against world footballing giants Spain and the Netherlands, the two World Cup finalists from South Africa four years ago, along with tough South American team Chile.

At this level the Australians will be found wanting, as they lack the skill and technical ability to be competitive against teams of this calibre.

The sacking of Holger Osieck after a series of bad losses may have been a bit premature and could yet prove costly, although incoming coach Ange Postecoglou has a great record of developing players into competitive teams and may be the Socceroos best chance of reaching their full potential in the future.

All things being equal, Australia scoring a goal in this group is probably a good result and the Socceroos are $500 in early 2014 World Cup odds, while you can get $34 about the team down under to win Group B.

Australia World Cup Odds

Win the World Cup: $500.00
Win Group B: $34.00
Qualify for next Round: $8.50
Reach 2014 World Cup Final: $226.00

>>> Visit sportsbet.com.au for the latest Australia World Cup Odds

Australia faces a very tough task to even be competitive in Group B and the best thing that could happen for the Socceroos is to give a good account of themselves and not be disgraced on the world stage.

If you are looking to back Australia at the 2014 World Cup then consider backing them to score 0-1 total points in Group B @ $1.36 or finishing 4th in Group B @ $1.25.

Group B Draw for Australia

Australia will compete with Chile, Netherlands and Spain in Group B and their first match will be against Chile on Saturday 14th June 2014 at 7am in the morning (Australian time).

Sat 14 Jun Australia vs Chile 7am Cuiaba Bet now
Thu 19 Jun Holland vs Australia 2am Port Alegre Bet now
Tue 24 Jun Australia vs Spain 2am Curitiba Bet now

Australia World Cup Squad

The 30 man Australia World Cup Provisional Squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, South America.

australia-shirt Goalkeepers: Mark Birighitti (Newcastle Jets), Eugene Galekovic (Adelaide United), Mitch Langerak (Borussia Dortmund), Mat Ryan (Club Brugge)

Defenders: Josh Brillante (Newcastle Jets), Jason Davison (Heracles Almelo), Ivan Franjic (Brisbane Roar), Curtis Good (Dundee United), Ryan McGowan (Shandong), Matthew Spiranovic (Western Sydney Wanderers), Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk), Luke Wilkshire (Dynamo Moscow), Bailey Wright (Preston North End)

Midfielders: Oliver Bozanic (Luzern), Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa), Ben Halloran (Fortuna Dusseldorf), James Holland (Austria Vienna), Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace), Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town), Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar), Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory), Tommy Oar (Utrecht) , Tom Rogic (Melbourne Victory), Adam Sarota (Utrecht), Dario Vidosic (FC Sion)

Forwards: Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Josh Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus), Mathew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt), Adam Taggart (Newcastle Jets), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory)

Head Coach for the Australia World Cup squad is Ange Postecoglou and team captain is expected to come from experienced players Mile Jedinak, Tim Cahill and the like, with a final decision to be made in June.

World Cup players to watch for Australia

Tim Cahill, now with the New York Red Bulls, is widely recognised as Australia’s best player in recent times and is the Socceroo’s all-time top goal scorer. His ability to get into the box to score crucial goals for his country has made him a valuable commodity over the years.

Josh Kennedy plays for Nagoya Grampus in the J-League and has been a prolfic goal scorer at club level. Kennedy’s height will be a factor for opposition defenders at the World Cup, while players such as defensive midfielder Mile Jedinak and emerging youngster Tommy Oar could be shining lights for Australia in Brazil.

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Visit our Group B page for more information on teams competing in this group at the 2014 World Cup.

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