World Cup in football for the first time starts in an Arab country in November. FIFA goes to this World Cup for only the 6th time in history. The great generation of Schwarzer, Viduka and Cahill, unfortunately for the Socceroos fans, is gone, there is no worthy replacement yet. What are the chances of Graham Arnold’s men getting out of the group?
Arnold, 59, was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame as a player and even had a street named after him in Sydney. He saw a great generation of players for the continent, but he was less fortunate in his coaching career. Arnold himself helped Guus Hiddink at the 2006 World Championship, the best for the Australian team, then he led the year himself. The second time Arnold led the national team in 2018, the world community will be able to appreciate his style in Qatar.
Leaders and stars of the Australian team at the World Cup in Qatar
The leaders of the Socceroos are captain and main goalkeeper Matt Ryan, a former Arsenal player and now a Real Sociedad player, and attacking midfielder Aidin Khrustic, who won the Europa League with Eintracht Frankfurt last season. Experienced players include Trent Sainsbury, Aaron Mui and all-around forward Matthew Leckie. Our editors made a forecast for the application for World Cup 2022 matches, taking into account the results of the current football season.
|Goalkeepers||Matthew Ryan, Mitchell Langerak, Andrew Redmayne|
|Protection||Milos Degenek, Bailey Wright, Thomas Deng, Harrison Delbridge, Aziz Benish, Joel King, Nathaniel Atkinson. Marco Tilio|
|Midfield||Connor Metcalfe, Keanu Baccus, Cameron Delvin, Aaron Mui, Riley McGree, Jackson Irvine, Aydin Khrustic, Denis Genro|
|Assault||Aver Mabil, Matthew Lecky, Martin Boyle, Adam Taggart, Mitchel Duke, Jason Cummings|
The main keeper will be Ryan, who played for the national team at the previous two World Cups. Langerak and Redmayne are unlikely to be able to compete with the Real Sociedad goalkeeper.
In defense, there are very few players familiar to the average fan. The main CB paired with Sainsbury will be Degenek, known for playing for Red Star. It is worth highlighting Hearts right-back Nathaniel Atkinson, who only received a call-up to the Australian national team in March, but started both playoff matches and will play in the base.
There is a leader in midfield: former Huddersfield and Brighton midfielder Mui. The second star player is Verona’s Adam Khrustic, who effectively qualified Australia for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
There are promising players in the attack. For example, Cadiz player Aver Mabil and 21-year-old Tilio from local club Melbourne City. Of the attackers, Cummings, who played in the leagues of England, can be distinguished.
The history of the performance of Australians at the World Cup
Australia’s best performance at the World Cup was a humiliating 1-0 loss in the round of 16 against Italy in 2006. The current success of the Socceroos became possible after the transition of the country to the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) from the incredibly weak Oceania in 2005. At the 2006 World Cup, the team of Cahill, Kewell, Viduka and Schwarzer under the leadership of Hiddink won the first victory in history.
How did Australia get to the World Cup?
The Socceroos got off to a good start in the Asian Confederation qualifying group, but ended up well behind Saudi Arabia and Japan. Third place in the qualifying group brought the Australian team two tough matches with the United Arab Emirates and an exit in the play-off against Peru. Australia secured their berth at the 2022 World Cup after a goalless regulation and extra time in the penalty shoot-out.
What are the chances for Australia to qualify from the group for the 2022 World Cup?
Australia were placed in Group D along with France, Denmark and Tunisia. France as defending champions and recent Euro semi-finalist Denmark look like the clear group favorites for the FIFA World Cup. With Tunisia, the Australian team can compete for 3rd place, but the Africans are definitely stronger in terms of composition.
World Cup prediction for the Australian team - 4th place with 0 points in group D. The Socceroos does not have a decent for the European level of players, plus a coach with no experience in serious tournaments.
Graham Arnold will play the first matches of the Fifa World Cup in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Our prediction for the starting line-up: Ryan-King-Degenek-Sainsbury-Atkinson-Mui-Gonro-Khrustic-Tilio-Leky-Cummings. Duke, Devlin and McGree could come off the bench for World Cup matches in Qatar .
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Bookmakers do not particularly believe in the prospects of the Socceroos. Exit to the playoffs from group D in Qatar is evaluated by BC in odds of 5, third place in the group can be placed with odds of 6.5. Interestingly, bookmakers prefer Australia over Tunisia in the fight for 3rd place. A victory in group D is evaluated by BC in odds of 20.