Mon, Mar 26, 12:57pm by Staff Writer
The Socceroos will be hoping for a far better performance than the one they gave in Oslo on Saturday morning when they fell 4-1 to Norway.
An early Jackson Irvine goal in the 19th minute was cancelled out by the first of Ola Kamara’s three goals, with the Norwegians even scoring in stoppage time to deal the Socceroos their first loss under new coach Bart van Marwijk.
Wednesday morning the Socceroos play another friendly, this time against South American superpowers Colombia.
Colombia are red-hot favourites to beat the Socceroos at $1.36 at Sportsbet, with Australia $8 and the draw paying $4.50.
Colombia are one of the teams many believe are in with a chance of winning the World Cup in Russia this year.
They are priced at $31 at Sportsbet to win the World Cup and with Japan, Poland and Senegal in their group, they have been given one of the easier group fixtures in the World Cup.
The match on Wednesday between the Socceroos and Colombia takes place from Craven Cottage in London, a ground the Socceroos have played seven matches at before, for five wins, one draw and a loss.
Colombia will be the toughest opponent the Socceroos have faced at the venue, with their most recent win a 3-2 victory against Saudi Arabia in preparation for the 2014 World Cup.
Colombia is coming to London fresh off a 3-2 win against France at the Stade de France on Saturday morning.
The South Americans battled back from a 2-0 deficit, with goals to Luis Muriel, Radamel Falcao and Juan Quintero ensuring victory.
In the correct score market, Colombia to win 1-0 or 2-0 are proving the most popular, with both priced at $6.
If the Socceroos were to repeat their performance in Oslo and go down 4-1, that would pay $21.
The Colombian’s look to be better value at the handicap, where they are giving away a one-goal start.
At the -1 market, if Colombia win by two goals, the bet is a winner. That market is currently paying $2.25, with the firepower of the South American’s certainly more lethal than that of Norway.
The first goalscorer market is headed by Radamel Falcao at $4. Carlos Bacca, Giovanni Moreno and James Rodriguez all follow, but 12 of Colombia’s players are in single digits odds in the first goalscorer market, with Australia’s Tomi Juric at $10 the best priced of the Aussies.
The over 2.5 goals market is another where there is some early value, with the over set at $1.85. This should comfortably go over, particularly if past friendly form remains solid.
Colombia to lead at half-time is paying $1.91, with the South American’s likely to play their better players earlier in the fixture. Australia are $7 to take the half-time lead.
With this match being a friendly, be sure to check team news close to kick-off, as coaches will often change lineups at the last minute, with very little notice.
Overall, Colombia should be too strong for an Australian team that is just beginning to gel under a new coach and system.
Look for a better performance from Australia than the one they put in on Saturday morning, but Colombia will be too good.
Suggested Bets: Colombia -1.0 handicap at $2.25 and Colombia Australia to go over 2.5 goals at $1.85
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