Australia’s road to the World Cup (and the team’s chances if they get there)

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After participating in the FIFA World Cup only once before 2006, the Socceroos have now successfully qualified for four consecutive tournaments.

The goal is to get past yet another qualification round this year. If Australia manages to make it to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the team will most certainly aim to make it to the playoffs for the second time in history. But as always, it will be everything but easy.

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Let’s take a look at how the bookies think the World Cup will play out in 2022 and what obstacles Australia has to overcome to get there.

The favourites to win the World Cup

The World Cup in soccer is one of the most significant sports happenings in the world. Every fourth year, the best national teams from each continent get together to decide which nation excel the most at kicking a ball around – we love it, and so do the billion people watching the beautiful game.

Despite the next tournament being more than a year away – and that the qualifications have barely begun in some parts of the world – you can already find odds for the World Cup. On gambling websites, such as Betway Casino, odds on potential winners have long been available.

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Among the current favourites to win the tournament in 2022, we find several of the usual suspects. The reigning champion, France, and repeatedly successful nations, such as Brazil and Germany, are among the teams with the lowest odds to go all the way. According to the bookmakers, some other potential winners are the trophy starved English national team, Spain, Belgium, Argentina, Italy, and a few others.

It may not come as a surprise, but Australia’s chances to win the World Cup next year are not the best, according to Betway. However, it is just as unlikely that the Socceroos would aim to reach the final. A much more reasonable target would be to advance from the group stage, which they have failed to do in the last three tournaments.

Before the Australian national team can begin to dream about succeeding in Qatar, they need to make it there first.

Australia’s road to the World Cup

There is still a lot to do for the Socceroos before they can book their tickets to Qatar, but so far, everything is going according to plan. The national team is currently competing with Jordan, Taiwan, Kuwait, and Nepal, in Group B of the Asian Football Confederation’s World Cup qualifiers.

The Socceroos has won their first four matches, and if they win their group (or end up one of the four best runner-ups), they will advance to the next group stage. The twelve remaining teams will then be divided into two groups, where the winners and runners-up of each group qualify for the World Cup.

The national team is thus well on their way to Qatar, but it is still a long way to go.

Feature image credit: Alen Delic

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