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Australia odds to win World Cup 2022: Confirmed squad, route to the final, ranking & form

By Andrew Francis

Published: 8:45, 22 November 2022

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Australia will be competing in their sixth World Cup, having made it out of the group stages just once, in 2006. They finished bottom of Group C, picking up just one point, and will play two of the same nations this time round with Denmark and France being drawn into their group once again.

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Latest Australia odds to win the World Cup

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Australia to win the World Cup 352/1
Australia to reach semi-final odds 33/1
Australia to reach quarter-final odds 10/1
Australia odds to win Group D 14/1
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Australia will likely be relying on one of the European teams faltering if they are to reach the last 16 of the World Cup but stranger things have happened. Let’s not forget France also have the curse of the World Cup holders to work against them. Then they will perhaps be relying on a shock in Group D but in such a unique World Cup anything is possible.

Australia route to the World Cup 2022 Final in Qatar

Group stage fixtures

Fixture Stadium Date*
vs France Al Wakrah Sports Complex 19:00, 22/11
vs Tunisia Al Wakrah Sports Complex 10:00, 26/11
vs Denmark Al Wakrah Sports Complex 15:00, 30/11
*All times GMT

Australia are the least favoured side to advance from Group D and it would take a huge effort for them to progress to the knockout stages. Their opening game, against France,  certainly appears to be their hardest, but a positive result against Tunisia could ramp up the pressure in their final match against Denmark, where it could be winner takes all. 

Who could Australia meet in the knockout rounds?

In the unlikely event that Australia win Group D, they will face the runner up in Group C, which contains Argentina, Poland, Mexico and Saudi Arabia. Poland appear to be the most likely opponents for the Socceroos out of that group and that represents a winnable match for the side from down under. A potential quarter-final against England would be a mouth watering prospect for Australia, but it would take a herculean effort from Graham Arnold’s men to reach the final.

If Australia win Group D Potential opponent
Round of 16 vs Poland
Quarter-Final vs England
Semi-Final vs Belgium
Final vs Brazil

If Australia finish runners-up in Group D, they are likely to face the might of Lionel Messi, and Argentina, in the round of 16. It wouldn’t get any easier for Arnold’s side if they were able to get through that tie, though. Games against Netherlands, Brazil and France are likely to stand in the way of the most unlikely of World Cup triumphs.

If Australia come runners up in Group D Potential opponent
Round of 16 vs Argentina
Quarter-Final vs Netherlands
Semi-Final vs Brazil
Final vs France

Confirmed Australia World Cup 2022 Squad

Player  Position Age Club
Andrew Redmayne GK 33 Sydney FC
Danny Vukovic GK 37 Central Coast Mariners
Mathew Ryan GK 30 Copenhagen
Aziz Behich DF 31 Dundee United
Bailey Wright DF 30 Sunderland
Fran Karačić DF 26 Brescia
Harry Souttar DF 24 Stoke City
Joel King DF 21 OB Odense
Kye Rowles DF 24 Hearts
Milos Degenek DF 28 Columbus Crew
Nathaniel Atkinson DF 23 Hearts
Thomas Deng DF 25 Albirex Niigata
Aaron Mooy MF 31 Celtic
Ajdin Hrustic MF 26 Verona
Cameron Devlin MF 24 Hearts
Craig Goodwin MF 30 Adelaide United
Keanu Baccus  MF 24 St Mirren
Jackson Irvine  MF 29 St Pauli
Riley McGree MF 23 Middlesbrough
Awer Mabil FW 26 Cadiz
Garang Kuol FW 18 Central Coast Mariners
Jason Cummings FW 27 Central Coast Mariners
Jamie Maclaren FW 29 Melbourne City
Martin Boyle FW 29 Hibernian
Mathew Leckie FW 31 Melbourne City
Mitchell Duke  FW 31 Fagiano Okayama

Australia players to watch at this year’s World Cup 2022

Australia top World Cup Golden Boot Contender –  Jamie Maclaren

The 29-year-old Maclaren has proven himself as the elite goalscorer of A-League football over the years, scoring 120 goals in 176 appearances in Australia. It’s a record that earned him a move to Europe, firstly with German side Darmstadt, and then in Scotland with Hibernian, where he experienced limited success. His return to Australia with Melbourne City showed his class, though, and, if he hits the ground running in Qatar, he could be an outside shout for an each way bet to win the Golden Boot.

Australia player to Watch – Riley McGree

McGree has accomplished quite a lot in a relatively short career so far. The 23 year old has played in Australia, Belgium, USA and England, as well as being nominated for the 2018 Fifa Puskas Award for his scorpion kick goal for Newcastle Jets. He’s impressed wherever he’s played and this has made him integral to Arnold’s plans, with the attack-minded midfielder earning nine caps for his country so far.

Australia emerging Player to Look Out For – Garang Kuol

The 18 year old forward has taken the A-League by storm this season, scoring four goals in 12 appearances and doing enough to secure a move to Premier League side, Newcastle United, in January. Pace, power and unpredictability all his hallmarks and he could make a big impact off the bench for the Socceroos in Qatar.

Australia tactical analysis & likely formation at the World Cup

Arnold prefers to operate quite defensively in a 4-1-4-1 formation, which allows Mooy to play just in front of the defence, offering protection defensively and the ability to transition quickly going forward. This affords a little more freedom to Irvine and Hrustic, who are box-to-box operators. The ‘wingers’ play more defensively than most but they both have the ability to move quickly with the ball at their feet, allowing Australia to hit teams, dangerously, on the break.

The flat back four isn’t likely to have much mobility and this provides much of the stability for the side. Behich and Atkinson won’t be expected to get forward too much, with Goodwin and Leckie tasked with providing much of the width. Maclaren is capable of getting on the end of crosses but not as adept as Duke, who should operate as a dangerous option off the bench.

Australia FAQs

Where are Australia in the Fifa World Rankings?

Australia are currently 38th in the Fifa World Rankings, whilst their highest ever ranking was 14th in September 2009.

Who is the Australia manager?

Arnold was appointed as head coach in 2018 following a spell in charge of Sydney FC in the A-League. Since being appointed he’s won 21 of the 31 matches he’s taken charge of and masterminded a victory over Peru in the inter-confederation playoff to qualify for the World Cup.

Who is the current Australia captain?

Mathew Ryan is the captain of the Socceroos. The 30 year old has 74 caps for his country and has enjoyed a career that has seen him play in Belgium, Spain, England and, most recently, Denmark with Copenhagen. His wealth of experience is vital in organising the Australian defence and leading his nation on the pitch.

How many times have Australia won the World Cup? 

Australia have never won the World Cup but their best finish came in 2006 when they reached the Round of 16 before being knocked out of the competition by a stoppage-time goal from eventual winners, Italy.

How many times have Australia competed in the World Cup?

Australia have competed in the World Cup five times previously, including the last four tournaments in a row. Their previous appearance at the World Cup prior to 2006 was in 1974 when they were eliminated in the group stages without scoring a goal.

Who has scored Australia most goals in World Cup tournaments?

Tim Cahill has the most World Cup goals for Australia, netting five times across three finals appearances in 2006, 2010 and 2014. Mile Jedinak (2014 and 2018) follows him with three World Cup goals, whilst Brett Holman (2010) found the net twice in South Africa.

Which player from Australia has the most World Cup appearances?

Cahill, along with Mark Bresciano, has also made the most World Cup appearances of any Australian player, featuring nine times across four tournaments from 2006-2018. Bresciano made his appearances between 2006 and 2014. Four players have made seven appearances for the Socceroos, with Lucas Neill, Jason Culina, Mile Jedinak and Scott Chipperfield all representing their country multiple times.