After a draw to Chile, Australia ended their Confederation Cup by being eliminated in the group stages on the tournament. While this was no shock to the footballing world as they were expected to bow out at this level, there is a lot we can get out of these performances in order to make bets regarding their success at the World Cup in 12 months’ time.
As far as defending is concerned, this is the area that they need to improve in the most. This side struggled to keep a clean sheet all tournament and although this was never likely against sides like Chile and Germany, some of the games saw the team give up goals way to easily and it was hard to see any sort of structure in the way that the team was defending. The positive out of this was their goalkeeper. On many occasions, Matt Ryan managed to bail out the team but if they are to do well in the World Cup he is going to need a lot of support from the rest of his defensive unit.
AS far as scoring goals was concerned, this team did really well. This side managed to score a few goals against Germany while also scoring and taking the lead against Chile. This is impressive and as it currently stands and with a bit more development in 12 months I think goal scoring might be high for the Australians in the World Cup.
As far as overall performance is concerned and making early bets, some bookmakers are allowing you to make bets on the overall performance and I think we are getting a pretty good price on the Australians making the round of 16 stage of the tournament. While the draw will be a big factor in deciding this, I think the way the team is playing and the price we are getting allows us to make this bet profitably.