Tue, Jun 26, 9:20am by Head Editor
Date and Time: Wednesday June 27, 12am AEST
Venue: Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia
Australia’s chances of qualifying for the Round of 16 for the first time since Germany 2006 all come down to Tuesday night’s (AEST) clash with Peru, who have already been eliminated.
The win that the Socceroos need has drifted from $2.55 to $3 since Friday while there has been some support for Los Incas, who have been backed in from $2.75 to $2.40. The draw doesn’t help anyone, but is priced at $3.30.
For Australia to leapfrog Denmark and get through to the Round of 16, the green and gold must beat Peru and hope Denmark lose to France by enough goals to overtake them on goal difference.
The bookmaker’s odds indicate that it is unlikely we will see that happen, with just $1.11 on offer for the Danes to progress while the Aussies are out at $6.50 to get through to the second round.
Bert van Marwijk has plenty of decisions to make ahead of the must-win game with his first-choice striker Andrew Nabbout coming off with a shoulder injury in the 1-1 draw with Denmark.
Tom Juric is expected to lead the line but as usual van Marwijk is keeping his cards very close to his chest, telling journalists on Monday that he “won’t be discussing it” when asked whether Australia’s greatest ever goalscorer, Tim Cahill, will take the pitch in this must-win encounter.
A player who has taken the pitch, and with great affect, is the youngest player at the World Cup, Daniel Arzani. So good has the 19-year-old’s form been that there is talk that Italian club Juventus and German club Beyer Leverkusen.
A move that would make sense would be Holland club PSV Eindhoven, who has just appointed Socceroos assistant Mark Van Bommel as their new head coach.
Peru’s tournament is over but they certainly haven’t been disgraced, losing 1-0 in both of their games and with Christian Cueva blasting a penalty over the bar in their match against Denmark, it could well have been a much different story.
Mile Jedinak is $4.50 to score for the third match in a row, while a goal for Tim Cahill would see him become the fifth player in history to score a four World Cup’s and is priced at $3.75.
The veteran hasn’t played a minute yet in this tournament, but will surely get the chance to if Australia need a goal.
Australia and Peru have never faced each other in international football before so there will be a bit of an unknown factor about this one but one area where the green and gold will have the edge is in the physicality stakes.
Suggested Bet: Australia to win at $3
Head to Head
Half Time/ Full Time
Australia / Australia $5
Draw / Australia $7
Peru / Australia $36
Australia / Draw $14
Draw / Draw $4.50
Peru / Draw $14
Australia / Peru $31
Draw / Peru $6
Peru / Peru $4.33
Over/ Under 2.5 goals
Both Teams to Score
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