Australia World Cup Betting Preview: Latest odds, squad and tournament history

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The Socceroos failed to win a match at the 2014 edition in Brazil and a tough group stage means a repeat could be on the cards at Russia 2018

Largely there to make up the numbers at the World Cup, it is difficult to see Australia make a name for themselves here.

Drawn with France, Denmark and Peru, the odds are stacked against the Socceroos to even win a match - let alone escape Group C.

2018 World Cup Qualification

Australia made light work of their first group stage in qualifying, tasting defeat just once in their eight matches to safely reach the second and final group stage in Asia.

Mark Milligan, Australia v Honduras

That was where things began to get difficult, though. Australia only lost one of their 10 games but four draws meant they had to settle for third place and an historic play-off against Syria.

A Tim Cahill goal in extra time in the second leg put the Socceroos through to the inter-confederation play-offs, where a Mile Jedinak hat-trick saw off Honduras after a 0-0 draw in South America in the first leg.

Tournament History

Australia have played in for the World Cup four times in their history prior to this tournament, although this will be their fourth consecutive edition.

Of the 11 goals they have scored at the finals, Cahill is responsible for five of them and will be aiming to score in his fourth World Cup here.

Only once have they ever got out of the group stages, back in 2006 when they reached the last 16 before losing to eventual champions Italy.

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2018 World Cup Squad

GK DEF MID ST
Brad Jones Aziz Behich Daniel Arzani Tim Cahill
Mathew Ryan Milos Degenek Joshua Brillante Tomi Juric
Danny Vukovic Matthew Jurman Jackson Irvine Robbie Kruse
  Fran Karacic Mile Jedinak Mathew Leckie
  James Meredith Massimo Luongo Andrew Nabbout
  Josh Risdon Mark Milligan Nikita Rukavytsya
  Trent Sainsbury Aaron Mooy  
    Dimitri Petratos  
    Tom Rogic  
    James Troisi  

Latest World Cup odds

Market Price
To win the World Cup 250/1 (251.0)
To make the World Cup final 125/1 (126.0)
To win Group C 18/1 (19.0)
To qualify from Group C 16/5 (4.20)
To be the Top Asian team 13/5 (3.60)

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