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Australia a Very Long Shot Bet for World Cup Victory

Publishing: June 14, 2014

The 2014 World Cup has kicked off in Brazil with the Aussies having qualified for the 32 team competition and residing in a group of Chile, and football juggernauts the Netherlands and Spain. This makes Australia’s job of not only winning the entire World Cup rather immense, but simply getting out of their challenging group.

Needless to say, the odds are heavily stacked against Australia, who are getting odds of 751.00 to win the World Cup. That means a $AU100 wager would return a cool $AU75,100 should the Aussies bring the trophy with them when they return Down Under. However the odds of that actually happening are about as long as the betting odds themselves. There are however some more intriguing potential bets involving the Aussie side.

One such bet is for them to win their Group, which has odds of 61.00. Also quite a long shot, but certainly not impossible. Simply advancing from their group gives odds of 13.00, still quite high given the much higher probability that could actually occur. All it could take is one upset victory to pave the way for them being able to sneak through the group stage and into the single elimination brackets.

On the other hand, Aussie bettors could be pessimists and throw their money against their footballers, pulling in odds of 1.20 on a bet that their team will finish last in their group; the winnings on such a bet potentially making the reality of such a finish a little easier to bear for Aussie citizens.

Alternatively, props bets might be a more interesting way to bet on their team, without having to bet against them or take the huge betting plunge into long shot territory. One such option is to bet on which player will score the most goals in the tourney. The favorite is Tim Cahill with odds of 4.33, while Mathew Leckie is next at 8.00. Next in order of lowest betting odds are Adam Taggart, Mile Jedinak, Tommy Oar , James Troisi, Dario Vidosic, Mark Bresciano, and Ben Halloran. Given that Australia may only score 1 or 2 goals during the tournament (they managed 3 in 2010), just about anyone could realistically walk away as the top scorer, with some pretty hefty rewards for the one who bet on them.

Hope springs eternal, and the World Cup’s short format provides hope to all countries that miracles could happen; miracles that could also make their fans, in the case of Australia, very rich indeed.