WorldCupAcca To Be Confirmed Squad:
Keepers: B. Jones, M. Langerak, M. Ryan, D. Vukovic
Defence: A. Behich, M. Degenek, A. Gersbach, M. Jurman, F. Karacic, J. Meredith, J. Risdon, T. Sainsbury, A. Susnjar, B. Wright
Midfield: J. Brillante, J. Irvine, M. Jedinak, R. Kruse, M. Luongo, M. Milligan, A. Mooy, T. Rogic, J. Troisi
Forward: D. Arzani, T. Cahill, A. Giannou, T. Juric, M. Leckie, J. Maclaren, A. Nabbout, D. Petratos, N. Rukavytsya
The Socceroos will be making their 5th appearance at a World Cup Finals this summer and will be hoping for a better showing than 4 years ago in Brazil where they lost all 3 group matches conceding 9 in the process.
Their best performance came in 2006 when they reached the round of 16 after picking up 4 points against Croatia & Japan, though they went out to eventual winners Italy with a 1-0 defeat after a Francesco Totti penalty in the 95th minute.
Australia made a bit of a meal in qualifying finishing 3rd in their group. Japan won it by a point and Saudi Arabia finished ahead of the Aussies on goal difference, this was followed up by just getting past Syria with a 3-2 aggregate victory before finally beating Honduras 3-1.
They’ve had some decent results in recent friendlies, after a 4-1 loss to Norway they managed to hold Colombia to a 0-0 draw and then won 4-0 against the Czech Republic.
WorldCupAcca The Squad:
Head coach Bert van Marwijk previous comments saying that he “did not have time for experiments” leading into his last couple of friendlies before the tournament should indicate the final 23 and most likely the starting XI.
Mat Ryan started in net in the recent victory over the Czechs and will almost certainly be first choice here.
From right-to-left; Josh Risdon, Trent Sainsbury, Mark Milligan & Aziz Behich also started that match but I would fancy Milos Degenek to be recalled at right-back & Matthew Jurman in place of Mark Milligan.
Aston Villa man and possibly the best beard in football, Mile Jedinak will start holding midfield along with Massimo Luongo and the 3 in front of them will be Robbie Kruse on the left, their key man Aaron Mooy central and Matthew Leckie, who bagged a brace in the Czech game on the right hand side.
Celtic’s Tomas Rogic & Andrew Nabbout started the last match up front, with the latter scoring, though Tomi Juric is likely to be recalled to the starting XI.
WorldCupAcca The Group:
France should be winning the group but their recent form has been a bit patchy. They only managed to score 18 goals in qualifying, 8 less than 2nd placed Sweden. Recent results have been decent but nothing really spectacular. Close wins against England and Wales and a draw with Germany was followed with a defeat to Colombia and then another win against Russia.
Denmark are a very decent teams boasting such players like Viktor Fischer, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Andreas Christensen, Kasper Schmeichel and of course Nicklas Bendtner Christian Eriksen.
Eriksen bagged a hat-trick in the play-offs against Ireland to get his country to the final and the Spurs man will be the most important player for the Danes here. They also have a very promising young player in Ajax’s 20 year old Kasper Dolberg though I wouldn’t expect him to be starting for them.
Peru have qualified for the first time since 1982, and their captain and all-time top scorer Paolo Guerrero has had his 14-month ban suspended, leaving him free to play this summer..
Guerrero may not be 100% after injury and his initial ban, even if he doesn’t start, he may not actually missed all that much.
He missed the end of their qualifying campaign, Peru managed to finish just ahead of Chile and then beat New Zealand in the play-offs, in their last few friendlies they have beaten Croatia 2-0, Iceland 3-1 and Scotland 2-0.
WorldCupAcca Betting Tips:
World Cup Group C Fixtures / Results
|Kazan Arena, Kazan – June 16, 2018 1:00 pm|
|Mordovia Arena, Saransk – June 16, 2018 7:00 pm|
|Cosmos Arena, Samara – June 21, 2018 4:00 pm|
|Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg – June 21, 2018 8:00 pm|
|Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow – June 26, 2018 5:00 pm|
|Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi – June 26, 2018 5:00 pm|
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