They appear to be in yet another group of death, but don’t be too quick to write off the Socceroos chances at the Confederations Cup come late June.

In the midst of a testing qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, a stuttering yet at times promising Socceroos side might not yet be guaranteed a place in Russia next year. However they will find themselves there early for the Confederations Cup courtesy of their 2015 Asian Cup triumph.

Drawn in a decidedly tougher group than their Kiwi brethren, the Socceroos must play African champions Cameroon, 2014 World Cup winners Germany and South American victors Chile at the tournament.

While all three sides will be a stern test for Australia, they aren’t ones the Socceroos are necessarily doomed to fail.

Current World Cup holders Germany may in fact hold the Socceroos best hopes of a win. Having named a youthful, indeed experimental side devoid of stars such as Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer and Leroy Sane; the Bavarians could well be vulnerable and are due some payback.

Cameroon are also not the formidable force they once were and were far from convincing in claiming the African Cup of Nations. While that winning squad remains relatively unchanged for the tournament, Cameroon no longer have the strike force they once did and may struggle to adapt to the conditions in Russia.

Last but not least, the Socceroos must also contend with a full-strength Chile. The South Americans, as always, are wild cards that depending on the day could explode or implode; it’s generally pretty hard to tell. Again the Russian climate may in fact favour the Aussies who through World Cup qualifying have played in similar conditions in Kyrgyzstan.

Needing to finish in the top two to qualify for the final four, the Socceroos would then face either Portugal, Mexico, New Zealand or Russia in the semis before making their way to the final. When you break it down, that’s literally just five good games separating the Socceroos from more silverware.

Just like winning in USA casinos, such consistency has however been hard to come by for the Aussies, who have stumbled more than once during a World Cup qualifying campaign that though challenging could have prepared them well for the inevitable dog fights likely poor Russian pitches will elicit.

While as a side lacking consistency, in the Soceroos’ favour are players who have been admirably dependable for their clubs over the past six months. Championship duo Aaron Mooy and Jackson Irvine standouts having been named their club’s player of the year and will bring some much needed stability to the Socceroos midfield.

With coach Ange Postecoglou recently bringing in a three at the back formation, Australia need players in the middle of the park they can rely on, and thankfully that does seem to be their greatest asset at the moment.

Like a visit to websites such as http://www.newzealandcasinos.co.nz/, playing three at the back is a gamble that can pay off big time willing it’s executed right and the Socceroos will be hoping the Confederations Cup is an ideal place for them cash in on the risky formation.

With a crunch qualifier against Saudi Arabia and friendly against Brazil prior, the Socceroos have an invaluable chance work out their kinks and could well enter the Confederations Cup high on confidence and in a position to bring a few footballing giants crashing down to earth.

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