The Odds

  • To win The World Cup: +67000
  • To win Group C: +2000
  • To advance to Round of 16: +350

Bet to Watch

Australia to finish last in Group C: -105 (BetOnline)

Australia, known as the “Socceroos”, played the most games ever (22) in order to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. They are also big underdogs just to advance from Group C, where they’ll face France, Denmark and Peru. They’re led by 38-year-old forward Tim Cahill who is looking to score for a fourth straight World Cup, which would join only Pele (Brazil 1958-1970), Uwe Seeler (West Germany 1958-1970) and Miroslav Klose (Germany 2002-2014) in the history books.

Experience will be the key for an aging Australia squad as they don’t have the same talent and creativity to compete with other top teams. Head coach Bert van Marwijk has his work cut out for him, but he did lead the Netherlands to a World Cup final in 2010, and helped Saudi Arabia qualify for this year’s World Cup.

Based on the moneylines for each group match, Australia’s best chance at points is a draw with Peru (+223), a win over Peru (+255) and a draw with Denmark (+273). However, Peru just got a whole lot stronger as star player Paolo Guerrero was recently cleared to play after a drug suspension had previously held him out.

I don’t see any chance for Australia to advance and took them at -105 to finish dead last in Group C. A safer bet but riskier in terms of the odds is taking Australia not to advance at -430, as I see them losing all three group matches.

The Socceroos will be trendy underdogs to root for, but don’t expect much in terms of results.


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