Tue, Dec 10, 1:23pm by Dominic Ciconte
Australia has drawn world champions Spain, the Netherlands and local hopes Chile – making the Socceroos odds-on favourites not to qualify for the knockout stage at next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
To put this in perspective, Australia, ranked 59 in the world, will play the two finalists from the 2010 World Cup, as well a team ranked inside the top 15.
On paper, it could not get any more difficult for Australia, which has been given no chance to proceed past the group stage.
If Australian coach Ange Postecoglou is intimidated, he’s not showing it. Postecoglou said his men will enjoy the underdog status.
“It’s not about being positive or putting on a brave face. This is what we want,” he said.
“It’s an enormous challenge for us, but for a nation like ours that’s exactly what we want.
“Hopefully once the World Cup comes around, all the attention will be on the other three nations and we can go about our business quietly and efficiently.
“We’ve got a chance to make some headlines when the World Cup comes around.”
The Socceroos will open their campaign against Chile on June 13, before playing the Netherlands on June 18 and Spain on June 23.
Sportingbet has installed the Socceroos at odds of $1.09 not to qualify from their group. The Socceroos are $7 to qualify and $26 outsiders to win their group.
Australia’s best hopes of a victory will be against Chile, where they will start as $5.50 outsiders. Australia is at $8 with Sportingbet to beat The Netherlands and $9.50 to beat Spain.
Australia’s odds of winning the World Cup drifted from $201 to $301 at Sportingbet. Sportingbet’s UK parent company, William Hill, has been even tougher on the Aussies, putting the side up at odds of 1000/1 to win the World Cup.
Australia vs. Chile
Australia vs. Netherlands
Australia vs. Spain
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