In the last 6 months, Australia are the latest of several teams to change manager. Ange Postecoglu has arrived, and been in charge for all of 2 games, so it is difficult to gauge what sort of team and style he will play. Here is their squad:
GK’s: Eugene Galekovic, Mitchell Langerak, Mat Ryan
DF’s: Jason Davidson, Ivan Franjic, Ryan McGowan, Matthew Spiranovic, Alex Wilkinson, Bailey Wright
MF”s: Oliver Bozanic, Mark Bresciano, James Holland, Mile Jedinak, Massimo Luongo, Matthew McKay, Mark Milligan, Tommy Oar, James Troisi, Dario Vidosic
FW’s: Tim Cahill, Ben Halloran, Matthew Leckie, Adam Taggart
Missing: Curtis Good, Tom Rogic.
In qualifying, they won their 3rd Round Group – winning 5 of 6. In the 2nd round they struggled a little, but eventually qualified 2nd and automatically into this World Cup.
Ones to Watch:
Mat Ryan – the huge goalkeeper is in great form and getting plenty of first team football at his club side. His main rival Mitch Langerak, now at Dortmund, may have had a few impressive appearances but a red card in a recent friendly has put Ryan, who is being tracked by Real Madrid, as first choice. An imposing keeper – he will need to be at his best to keep out the likes of Spain, Holland and Chile!
James Troisi – despite being still young, Troisi has been around. At first, he was signed by Newcastle, released and went to Turkey – and did well. He was then signed by Juventus, loaned out to a lower league team, and now is back in Australia. A fast winger, Troisi is a creative player who could be important for the Socceroos.
Tim Cahill – despite his age, Cahill is still a very good player. He has mellowed a little since his move to America, but is used more as a striker now. A vital man for the Aussies.
(4-2-3-1): Ryan, Franjic, McGowan, Davidson, Wilkinson, Holland, Jedinak, Troisi, Bresciano, Bozanic, Cahill
All in all a fairly experienced 11, mixed with some good young players. The nouse of the likes of Cahill, Bresciano and Kennedy will be vital if they are to take anything from this World Cup – but its likely they will be beaten soundly 3 times.
Winner – 2500/1
Group Winner – 100/1
To Qualify – 11/1
Under 1.5 Points – 4/11
Group Points: 0 – 11/10
Under 2.5 Goals – 8/15
Australia are looking down the barrel at 3 defeats, and will be lucky to get on the score sheet. Their best chance is keeping it tight and countering well against the likes of Spain and Chile. Our Top Tips for Australia are 0 Group Points at 11/10 and Under 2.5 Goals at 8/15.