Canada - Australia Betting Preview: Struggling Socceroos set to bounce back

Aurelio Vidmar will take charge of Australia for the first time when they meet Benito Floro's men in Tuesday's friendly and our tipster expects a clean sheet for the visitors
Australia begin life without coach Holger Osieck when they take on Canada in an international friendly at Craven Cottage on Tuesday evening.

The 65-year-old German oversaw World Cup 2014 qualification for Australia but was sacked on Friday in the wake of a humiliating 6-0 reverse against France in Paris – a result which came just a month after the Socceroos were also beaten 6-0 by Brazil.

Australia have conceded an astonishing 19 goals in their last four matches and caretaker boss Aurelio Vidmar will hope that Tuesday's tussle against lowly Canada will provide his side with a much-needed boost.

Despite their recent dip in form, Australia are available at just 4/6 (1.67) with BetVictor to get the better of Benito Floro's men when they meet in west London.

Canada are in a dire run of form themselves, having managed just two goals in their last 11 matches – a sequence of results triggered by an 8-1 humbling against Honduras.

It is, therefore, unsurprising that BetVictor go 4/1 (5.0) that the Canucks claim victory over Australia while the same firm go 13/5 (3.60) that the match ends in stalemate.

Australia will have been rocked by recent heavy defeats and the shock departure of Osieck as coach but the Socceroos are vastly superior to Floro's side and are good value to enjoy a comfortable victory on Tuesday.

Vidmar's men may have been leaking goals in recent internationals but given that Canada have failed to find the net against the likes of Mauritania, Panama and Martinique within the last three months, Australia's defence should not be too severely tested here.

Therefore, the 23/20 (2.15) quote from BetVictor for the Socceroos to keep a clean sheet is excellent value and should be snapped up accordingly.

Prior to back-to-back 6-0 defeats against Brazil and France, Australia scored 32 goals in just 10 matches and, should the Socceroos rediscover their scoring touch, the 15/8 (2.88) quote for Vidmar's side (-1) in BetVictor's handicap market is likely to appeal to value hunters.

Australia to keep a clean sheet at 2pts with BetVictor

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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