The latest Australia odds to win the World Cup
|Betting market||888 Sport||Paddy Power||Sky Bet|
|Australia to win World Cup||400/1||425/1||500/1|
|Australia to reach semi-final||33/1||33/1||66/1|
|Australia to reach quarter-final||11/1||11/1||18/1|
|Australia to win Group D||19/1||19/1||18/1|
|Jamie Maclaren World Cup Golden Boot Odds||–||250/1||–|
Our recommended Australia bet for World Cup 2022
Australia are rank outsiders to lift the trophy in Qatar. The side definitely have resolve, though, and their victory over Peru in the playoff to qualify for the finals showed they’ve got enough about them to pull off a shock. A win over Tunisia and a draw against either Denmark or France and the Socceroos could sneak through the group. From there anything is possible and an appearance in the quarter-final shouldn’t be ruled out.
Australia route to the World Cup 2022 Final in Qatar
Group stage fixtures
|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|
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|
Our predicted Australia World Cup 2022 Squad
|Andrew Redmayne||GK||33||Sydney FC|
|Mitchell Langerak||GK||34||Nagoya Grampus|
|Aziz Behich||DF||31||Dundee United|
|Joel King||DF||21||OB Odense|
|Milos Degenek||DF||28||Columbus Crew|
|Trent Sainsbury||DF||30||Al Wakrah|
|Craig Goodwin||MF||30||Adelaide United|
|Connor Metcalfe||MF||22||St Pauli|
|Keanu Baccus||MF||24||St Mirren|
|Jackson Irvine||MF||29||St Pauli|
|Adam Taggart||FW||29||Cerezo Osaka|
|Jamie Maclaren||FW||29||Melbourne City|
|Mathew Leckie||FW||31||Melbourne City|
|Mitchell Duke||FW||31||Fagiano Okayama|
Australia players on the cusp of the squad
- Danny Vukovic (37) – Central Coast Mariners – Goalkeeper
- Rhyan Grant (31) – Sydney FC – Defender
- Ryan McGowan (33) – St Johnstone – Defender
- Thomas Deng (25) – Albirex Niigata – Defender
- Gianni Stensness (23) – Viking – Midfielder
- James Jeggo (30) – Eupen – Midfielder
- Kenny Dougall (29) – Blackpool – Midfielder
- Tom Rogic (29) – West Brom – Midfielder
- Garang Kuol (17) – Central Coast Mariners – Forward
- Martin Boyle (29) – Hibernian – Forward
- Nicholas D’Agostino (24) – Melbourne Victory – Forward
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 – Denis Genreau
Genreau has risen quickly through the footballing ranks, starting at Melbourne City before moving to Macarthur FC, via a loan move in the Netherlands. He caught the eye of French side Toulouse in 2021 and, with him, they were promoted to Ligue 1. His flexibility as either a central midfielder or full-back make him increasingly valuable to the national team and he could well add to his three caps 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.
Where are Australia in the Fifa World Rankings?
Australia are currently 39th 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.