Fri, Jun 8, 8:19am by Staff Writer
Group C of the 2018 FIFA World Cup features the Socceroos, who appear in their fourth consecutive FIFA World Cup.
They are massive underdogs in group C, priced at $501 to win the World Cup, as they field a side short on experience and goal-scoring prowess.
Despite winning the Asian Cup in 2015, the Socceroos have struggled since, particularly in qualification for this World Cup. They were forced into an elimination ntie against Syria, before heading Honduras in the intercontinental playoffs.
The end of that tie saw coach Ange Postecoglou resign from his position, replaced by Dutcman Bert van Marwijk.
Despite his appointment, the Socceroos are $4.50 to qualify from group C and $19 to win the group.
The Socceroos squad lacks star power, with goalkeepers Mitch Langerak and Matt Ryan the standouts, as well as 38-year-old Millwall striker Tim Cahill.
A first-up match against France in Kazan will be a tough initiation for the Socceroos, before matches against Denmark and Peru.
France are one of the World Cup favourites at $7 and possess a wealth of talent across the park.
Les Bleus qualified atop group A in UEFA qualification ahead of Sweden and the Netherlands.
Coach Didier Deschamps has left out a number of world-class players from his squad including Manchester United’s Anthony Martial.
Despite possessing a classy squad, question marks remain as to whether the French side have what it takes both tactically and mentally to win the World Cup.
Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris will anchor them in goal, with strikers Kylian Mbappe of PSG and Olivier Giroud from Chelsea sure to feature among the goals.
France benefits from weak group C draw where they will face Australia before matches against Peru and Denmark. They are $1.30 to top the group, the shortest price of any team in that market at the World Cup. France’s qualification from group C appears a formality, with their odds to qualify at a very short $1.04.
There were scenes of elation in Peru as the team qualified for its first World Cup since 1982. The football mad nation has struggled in South American qualifying for some time, surrounding by footballs super teams.
Peru eliminated New Zealand in the intercontinental playoff 2-0, leaving the highly fancied Chilean team out of the World Cup.
Peru won’t have an easy passage through group C, particularly after their star player Paolo Guerrero was suspended for 14 months for testing positive to cocaine. The attention now turns to Jefferson Farfan and Raul Ruidiaz who ply their trade in the Russian and Mexican leagues respectively.
Peru is $3.10 to qualify from group C and $9.50 to top the group. Their first match against Denmark will be pivotal in deciding their fate in this year’s competition. Peru is $201 to win the World Cup.
Denmark returns to the World Cup for the first time since 2010, after eliminating the Republic of Ireland in the playoffs 5-1.
Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen is the country’s biggest star, with the attacking midfielder impressing for some time both internationally and at club level.
Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel is a capable goalkeeper, with the Danish squad littered with players plying their trade in some of Europe’s best leagues.
The Danes are $81 to win the World Cup and are favourites to progress to the knockout rounds, priced at $1.50 to qualify from group C and $5 to top the group.
A first up match against Peru will is followed by a match against Australia, before their final group game against France, which could decide who tops group C.
Sportsbet World Cup Markets
Group C Winner
To qualify from Group C
France $1.20 Draw $6 Australia $17
Peru $3.60 Draw $3.10 Denmark $2
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