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They did it the hard way, but Australia have reached the FIFA World Cup finals for the fourth time in a row. The question is: how far can they go?

Yet again, the Socceroos have copped a difficult group. France are among the tournament favourites, Denmark were impressive in UEFA qualifying, and Peru did enough to beat out South American champs Chile for a spot in Russia.

The Aussies, meanwhile, have a short-term coach in charge and few big-name players to call on. Whereas the 2006 squad featured 11 players who had spent the previous season in one of Europe’s big three leagues, the roster for Russia 2018 has only two – Mat Ryan (Brighton & Hove Albion) and Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town).

How will this rag-tag bunch of underdogs fare on the biggest stage of all? Let’s see what the online bookmakers are saying.

About the Socceroos

Established: 1922
Coach: Bert van Marwijk
Captain: Mile Jedinak
World Cup appearances: Five – 1974, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018
Brazil 2014 finish: Group stage

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Latest 2018 World Cup odds

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Outright winner +25000 +30000 +25000
Group C winner +1400 +1800 +2000
To qualify from Group C +300 +350 +350
To win a match +100 +105 +105

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Socceroos fixtures at Russia 2018

Australia take on France, Denmark and Peru in Group C. After a single round-robin, the top two teams in the group progress to the knockout phase. If two or more teams are tied on points, goal difference, goals for and head-to-head records may be used to determine who progresses.

MATCH NO. OPPONENT VENUE DATE TIME (AEST)
5 France Kazan Saturday, June 16 8pm
22 Denmark Samara Thursday, June 21 10pm
38 Peru Sochi Wednesday, June 27 12am

Socceroos squad for 2018 World Cup

Bert van Marwijk unveiled a preliminary squad of 32 on May 6. That number was trimmed to 26 on May 15 and then expanded to 27 two weeks later, with Jamie Maclaren called up as injury cover for Tomi Juric. The final list of 23 players will be confirmed by June 4.

SQUAD NO. NAME BORN CAPS GOALS CLUB LEAGUE
Goalkeepers
1 Mathew Ryan 8/4/1992 42 0 Brighton & Hove Albion English Premier League
12 Brad Jones 19/3/1982 5 0 Feyenoord Dutch Eredivisie
18 Danny Vukovic 27/3/1985 1 0 Genk Belgian Pro League
Defenders
2 Milos Degenek 28/4/1994 17 0 Yokohama F. Marinos J-League
3 James Meredith 4/4/1988 2 0 Millwall English Championship
6 Mathew Jurman 8/6/1989 4 0 Suwon Samsung Bluewings K-League
8 Fran Karacic 12/5/1996 0 0 Lokomotiva Croatian Prva Liga
16 Aziz Behich 16/10/1990 21 2 Bursaspor Turkish Super Lig
19 Josh Risdon 27/7/1992 6 0 Western Sydney Wanderers A-League
20 Trent Sainsbury 5/1/1992 33 3 Grasshopper Swiss Super League
Midfielders
5 Mark Milligan 4/8/1985 69 6 Al-Ahli Saudi Pro League
13 Aaron Mooy 15/91/1990 32 5 Huddersfield Town English Premier League
14 James Troisi 3/7/1988 37 5 Melbourne Victory A-League
15 Mile Jedinak (C) 3/8/1984 75 18 Aston Villa English Championship
21 Massimo Luongo 25/9/1992 34 5 Queen’s Park Rangers English Championship
22 Jackson Irvine 7/3/1993 17 2 Hull City English Championship
23 Tom Rogic 16/12/1992 35 7 Celtic Scottish Premier League
24 Dimitri Petratos 10/11/1992 1 0 Newcastle Jets A-League
25 Josh Brillante 25/3/1993 5 0 Sydney FC A-League
26 Daniel Arzani 4/1/1999 0 0 Melbourne City A-League
Forwards
4 Tim Cahill 6/12/1979 105 50
7 Mathew Leckie 4/2/1991 51 6 Hertha Berlin German Bundesliga
9 Tomi Juric 22/7/1991 34 8 Luzern Swiss Pro League
10 Robbie Kruse 5/10/1988 62 5 VfL Bochum German 2. Bundesliga
11 Andrew Nabbout 26/12/1992 2 0 Urawa Red Diamonds J-League
17 Nikita Rukavytsya 22/6/1987 18 1 Maccabi Haifa Israeli Premier League
30 Jamie Maclaren 29/7/1993 5 0 SV Darmstadt 98 German 2. Bundesliga

Socceroos players to watch

Gone are the days of Kewell, Viduka and Bresciano, but there are a few among the current crop who are capable of matching it with the best in the world…

Aaron Mooy – Mooy should hit the summer on a high after helping Huddersfield Town avoid relegation from the English Premier League. His ability to pick out a teammate from anywhere will be central to Australia’s chances of springing an upset or two.

Tom Rogic – Rogic is so often the ‘nearly man’ for the Socceroos. It will be interesting to see how the Celtic playmaker fits into the coach’s plans, and whether his obvious ability on the ball translates to significant output in the final third.

Tim Cahill – If he makes the final 23, Cahill will become the first Australian man to feature at four World Cups. He might not play many minutes, given his 38 years of age, but Timmy’s late forays from the bench could prove the difference between going on and going home.

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