Australia World Cup Odds
Australia, nicknamed the Socceroos, have qualified for the World Cup for the fifth time in a row and the sixth time in their history.
Winning in the intercontinental play-off final after beating the United Arab Emirates in the previous round, Australia scraped a win on penalties over Peru in Qatar at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.
They will be the lowest FIFA-ranked team in Group D, where they will play France, Tunisia, and Denmark.
Australia has produced some talented players over the years, including Mark Schwarzer and national legend Tim Cahill, the very popular former box-to-box midfielder who volleyed in one of the most iconic goals ever scored in the World Cup against the Netherlands in 2014.
The current crop of Socceroos players will all be looking to do something similar and write their names into Australia’s sporting history this winter in Qatar.
Australia Team Odds To Win World Cup
Due to their tough draw, Australia is the underdog in Group D to qualify for the knockout stages.
Coming up against reigning world champions France, Euro 2020 semi-finalists Denmark, and Tunisia, Australia could struggle to claim meaningful results.
Australia has only made it to the round of 16 once before at the World Cup in 2006 and is the least likely of their group to make it to the knockouts in Qatar at 10/3 (+333).
Their first fixture will be against France, the winners of the 2018 tournament, and they are 14/1 (+1400) to win and 24/5 (+480) to claim a draw.
Australia is 11/1 (+1100) to reach a first-ever quarter-final this winter, 33/1 (+3300) to make the last four, and 400/1 (+40000) to win the tournament.
How To Bet On Australian Team In Qatar
When betting on Australia at the World Cup, it is hugely important that you pick suitable bets for the right occasion.
A number of different betting markets exist so choosing the right one when wagering on a football match can be vital to your success.
We have put together a list below of some of the most popular bets you can choose from when betting on Australia at the World Cup in Qatar to help maximise your chances of a winning bet.
Player Prop Bets
A player prop bet is a bet that focuses on the performance of one player during a match.
Jamie Maclaren to score during an Australia game is an example and you could also bet on him to be the first goalscorer, score at any time, or to score a hat-trick.
Team Prop Bets
Similar to a player prop bet, a team prop bet is based on the performance of a team.
It may not rely on the outcome of a match, though. For example, you could place a bet on Australia to score twice in their opening game against France.
An Asian handicap bet is a bet type that involves a virtual handicap being applied to the scores which, as a result, brings the odds closer together.
Before the game, a head start is effectively given to the underdog, which would be Australia when they face France.
France, as the favourites, might be handicapped by -2.5 goals with Australia given a +2.5 goal advantage.
Whichever nation then scores the most goals after the handicap is applied is the winner. For instance, if you bet on Australia to win with the handicap and France wins the match 1-0, you would win the bet.
A goal lines bet is a bet on how many goals will be scored in a match.
You may expect there to be a large number of goals in the game between Australia and Tunisia so you could place a bet on there to be over 3.5 goals scored.
Totals bets let you bet over or under on the total number of goals predicted to be scored in a match.
A bookmaker may predict there to be four goals in an Australia game, and you could then decide if you think there will be more or fewer goals scored.
How To Sign Up At Sportsbook & Place A Bet On Australia
Now that you have decided you want to place a bet on Australia at this year’s World Cup in Qatar you must choose a bookmaker to bet with.
Traditionally, you could walk into a shop but in modern times online betting is proving to be the easiest and most accessible method.
Online bookmakers give you the ability to claim promotions, easily track odds and price shifts in real-time and allow you to deposit and withdraw winnings efficiently, so make sure you pick wisely.
Your next step should be to open an account with your chosen online bookmaker, establishing the market you would like to bet on, Jamie Maclaren to score against France for example, before then adding it to your bet slip.
Here are five steps on just how to do just that:
- Choose the odds that you fancy and then ‘add’ to your online betting slip.
- Select how much you would like to deposit in the relevant section.
- If you need to deposit some money, choose the right amount and then hit deposit. You will be prompted to do this during the process.
- If you already have an ample amount of money in your account, select how much you would like to wager and then hit ‘place bet’.
- Ensure you keep double-checking your bet slip as some bookies offer a ‘cash out’ option.
Australia Team Overview For Qatar
Having won the OFC Nations Cup and the Asian Cup, Australia is the only nation to be the champion of two confederations, having switched from Oceania to Asia in 2013.
They have established a high level of competence in their region, but the lack of consistent high-level competition has seen the national struggle against better opposition from Europe and other continents in major tournaments of the past.
They have qualified for five World Cups in a row, with Qatar set to be their sixth ever appearance at the finals.
They are drawn in Group D with the holders France, Tunisia, and Denmark and though they may struggle to win any of their games, they are a team with great passion which can count for a lot in a major tournament.
Australia won 12 of their 18 World Cup qualifying group matches, though they only made it to Qatar through the intercontinental play-offs, where they beat the United Arab Emirates in the semi-finals and Peru dramatically on penalties in the final.
Key Football Players
Not one of the most talented teams featuring in the World Cup in 2022, Australia’s strength lies in their togetherness and in manager Graham Arnold, who understands his team’s abilities and how to get the best out of the squad.
Highlights of the squad are goalkeeper Matthew Ryan, who currently plays for Real Sociedad and has played in the Premier League with Brighton and Arsenal.
He is quite possibly the strongest Australian player in the squad and will command the side from the back with his captaincy role.
The vast majority of Australia’s squad feature in the A-League, Australia’s top professional league, so they will have a great understanding of how each other plays before even entering the pitch in Qatar.
One of the other exceptions is Aaron Mooy, who has played for numerous English clubs, including Manchester City, and is now part of the squad at Shanghai Port.
Jamie Maclaren is another standout Australian who plays for Melbourne City. He is a tough striker who has been prolific in the Australian leagues for some years. Maclaren scored seven times across the qualifying campaign.
The only two players in the Australia team that are currently injured are centre-back Harry Souttar, who is out with a knee injury, and Bruno Fornaroli, who is sidelined with an ankle problem.
Souttar is unlikely to make his return in time for the World Cup in Qatar as a cruciate ligament injury he sustained in November last year has left him unable to play and still with a significant amount of the healing process to be completed.
He is expected to be back in action in November this year, though he probably won’t be at full fitness in time for the tournament.
Manager Graham Arnold may, however, still choose to take Souttar if he has made a return to full training by the time the final squad is announced.
Fornaroli has been hampered by an ankle issue and it is unknown when he will be able to feature again, though it is likely to be before the World Cup.
Coaching & Technical Staff
Graham Arnold leads Australia into the World Cup in Qatar and will bring with him the experience of working at the top level of Australian club football in the A-League as well as with the Socceroos at previous World Cups.
In 2000, Arnold was appointed as an assistant manager for the national team where he worked with Frank Farina and Guus Hiddink before being drafted in to manage the side as interim manager.
He then went on to help the under-23s qualify for the Beijing Olympics in 2008 before another World Cup qualification as an assistant in 2010.
Later working in the A-League, Australia’s top professional league, he guided the Central Coast Mariners to both a Premiership and Championship title.
Arnold will be supported in the Qatar World Cup this winter by ex-Manchester United coach René Meulensteen as his assistant manager and Tony Franken as the goalkeeping coach.
Australia Team Road To Qatar
Australia had a mixed Asian qualification process, winning eight out of eight games in the second round and conceding only two goals with a +26 goal difference. They did not, however, manage to continue in the way they had started.
In the third round, they won only four of their 10 group fixtures.
The three draws they secured, though, helped them finish third, giving them the opportunity to play against the United Arab Emirates in the intercontinental play-offs.
After beating UAE, Australia was in the intercontinental play-off final and played Peru, dramatically beating them on penalties after a goalless draw.
Despite the unconvincing campaign, there were some stand-out performances within Australia’s squad, including a seven-goal campaign from Jamie Maclaren.
When up against lower-level opposition in the second round of qualification, Australia played almost flawlessly, conceding only two goals and scoring 28.
However, when pitted against the better quality of the third round, they were not as dominant, clinching their play-off spot by just a point.
Winning the games when it mattered, though, Australia will feature in Qatar and will look to continue to cement themselves as part of the more recent World Cup furniture.
Australia’s World Cup History
Before 2006, Australia had only qualified for one World Cup and consistently lacked the depth and quality in their squad to compete with the world’s elite.
However, after the 2006 World Cup, which saw Australia knocked out in the round of 16, they have featured in every tournament since and have often brought talented squads with recognizable players.
Their best-ever finish was in the 2006 World Cup, where they got to the round of 16 after beating Japan 3-1 and drawing with Croatia 2-2.
They were then knocked out by Italy, who scored a 95th-minute winning penalty. Italy went on to win the tournament.
Since then, Australia has never escaped the group stages but has often come close, particularly in 2010, when they beat Serbia and drew with Ghana, missing out on a second place in their group due to an inferior goal difference.
Australian sports teams have long been recognised for their passionate fanbase that will follow their teams across the world.
However, football is one of the least popular ‘mainstream’ sports in the country with lower average attendances than cricket, rugby union, rugby league, and Australian rules football.
The fans that do attend though are known as the ‘Barrackers’ and are usually very vocal and invested in the game.