Dust off your green & gold, it’s time. Find a pub or a venue near you and watch Australia defeat France tonight at the Russia 2018 World Cup. Here’s five reasons they’ll beat Les Bleus tonight.

1. Australia almost won the World Cup in 2006

We all know our destiny, and this time Italy isn’t around to spoil the story. Back in ’06 the Italians went on to win the World Cup after a dubious penalty call on Lucas Neill sent them through to the Quarter Finals. So this year, with the Azzurri not qualifying (did I mention that Italy won’t be competing in Russia?) and because of our history at World Cups it’s our time to shine.

2. Daniel Arzani is the messiah

He will rise to the occasion in the 63rd minute when substituted on, and get on the back of a cross to be Australia’s saviour. Never mind Josh Kennedy, you can expect a miracle from this young man.

3. Tom Rogic will finally fire

He’s consistent at Celtic but for all his frequent fancy futsal footwork the 25 year old hasn’t quite shown everything he’s capable of. Expect that time to be over come tonight, where Rogic will combine with Aaron Mooy in spectacular fashion.

4. France don’t have a very good captain

When the captain of your national team plays for Tottenham, Hugo Lloris, you can’t have huge hopes for success on the world stage. England have the same issue. Les Bleus have the unfortunate addition of their captain being goalless in his club and international career. It doesn’t bode well.

5. Mat Ryan is unstoppable

Wait. He’s not unstoppable, he can stop anything. Whatever the analogy, he ain’t letting in shit tonight.

Carn the Socceroos, you’ve got this in the bag.

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