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Betting Preview: Canada vs. Australia

Betting Preview: Canada vs. Australia

Goal / Gavin Day

The two Commonwealth nations meet in London for an international friendly. Even with Holger Osieck being fired last week, the Aussies are still favoured to beat Canada today.

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Australia is coming off another embarrassing friendly defeat when it was destroyed by France 6-0 in Paris on Friday. This comes off the back of another 6-0 loss to Brazil last month and was the final straw for the Australian Federation, which canned former Canada head coach Holger Osieck.

Still, depsite the recent futility, the Socceroos come in as favourites today at Craven Cottage, with William Hill pegging them at 1.66 to win outright and 2.60 for the halftime/fullime result.

Interim skip Aurelio Vidmar will want an immediate result from his squad to prove his worth to lead the charge to the World Cup and I like them to take this.

The draw is at 3.60 and I don't anticipate this to crack.

Canada is without influential playmaker Atiba Hutchinson and key defender Dejan Jakovic, who are both out with injury. As Goal writer Rudi Schuller points out, the team is also without Will Johnson and Lucas Cavallini.

As a result of those gaps, the Canada pick at 5.25 doesn't appeal here.

The team hasn't won in 12 matches and is coming off a pair of friendlies against Mauritania, a nation most Canadians couldn't find on a map.

The under 2.5 is expected, but at 1.75 doesn't offer tremendous value by any stretch. Still, Canada's last eight matches have all cracked this result.