Betting round-up: Good value for Socceroos

Scotland may be the favourites for their international friendly with Australia, but betting editor Paul Gough believes the Socceroos have tasty odds for the win

Australia looks great value as the underdogs to beat Scotland in Edinburgh on Wednesday [Thursday morning Australian time], as the Socceroos make their first appearance in two months ahead of important upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Jordan and Iraq.

The Socceroos are at the great odds of $2.80 to win this clash at online bookmakers Luxbet, with Scotland favourites at $2.40 and the draw also value at $3.10.

The game is at Easter Road - home of Scottish Premier League side Hibernian ‑ but that could be the only possible reason Scotland are favourites.

Not only are Australia now ranked 22 places higher than Scotland on FIFA's world rankings - 24 to 46 ‑ but the Socceroos have qualified for the past two World Cups.

One has to go back to the 1998 World Cup to find the last time that Scotland qualified for a major tournament.

Scottish football is also in crisis right now following the implosion of one of their biggest clubs and best source of players for the national team in Rangers, who have been relegated to the lowest tier of Scottish football after becoming insolvent.

As a result there is just one player from Rangers - Ian Black - in Scotland's squad for Wednesday's clash, with much of their squad made up of players from England.

And Scotland's recent form has been atrocious with their last game, resulting in a 5-1 hammering by the United States in late May.

Prior to that, they drew with Slovenia and could only beat tiny Cyprus 2-1.

Australia win v Scotland in their international friendly at $2.80 at Luxbet
Australia to win 2-0 v Scotland in correct-score betting at $12.50 at Luxbet

Australia may have lost their last friendly in Europe back in June 2-0 but that was against Denmark in Copenhagen, and the Socceroos have since begun the final stage of World Cup qualifying with two hard-fought draws - away to Oman and home to Japan - to be on track for a third-successive berth at the World Cup finals.

Of course Scotland v Australia matches immediately throw up memories of the two country's memorable two-legged play-off to qualify for the 1986 World Cup, which Scotland won 2-0 after drawing the first leg 0-0 at Melbourne's old Olympic Park ground.

But that Scotland team contained all-time greats such as Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness, Jim Leighton, Alex McLeish, Richard Gough and Ally McCoist and was managed by the man who would go on to become the most successful manager in British football history - Sir Alex Ferguson.

It is a far cry from today's team, whose best known player is perhaps Liverpool's Charlie Adam.

The last time Australia played Scotland, the Socceroos won 2-0 in a friendly in Scotland in 2000, and they are fantastic value at $12.50 at Luxbet to win by that scoreline again in correct-score betting.

We also like the look of the draw/Australia half-time/full-time double at $6.25, while Archie Thompson is the favourite to score the first goal of the game at $8 at Luxbet ahead of Alex Brosque at $8.25, Scotland's Shaun Maloney at $8.50 and Robbie Kruse at $8.75.

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