Norway v Australia Betting Tips
Australia/Draw double chance at $1.60 with Centrebet
Under 2.5 goals at $1.57 with Ladbrokes
Australia 1-0 correct score at $8.50 with Palmerbet
Aaron Mooy to score first at $13 with Unibet
Leading your country to the World Cup finals would be right at the top of most managers’ career highlights. Ange Postecoglou was certainly a very proud man when Australia’s place at the 2018 World Cup was secured but that pride did not stop him from walking away from the Socceroos job.
The manager quitting after qualifying isn’t what you’d call perfect preparation for soccer’s biggest international tournament. Neither is signing a new manager on a short term contract that ends immediately after the World Cup but that’s the hand the Australia team and new boss, Bert van Marwijk have been dealt.
The new Australia manager has had no time to complain about the circumstances of his new job. He’s been too busy learning about his players and oversaw his first few training sessions in Oslo this week.
Van Marwijk and his coaching staff now have a feel for the players at their disposal and they’ll learn even more about the players during Friday’s match against Norway.
Unlike Australia, Norway will not be competing in Russia. Lars Lagerbäck can only concentrate on planning for the future but with only a limited amount of quality available to him, Lagerbäck will do well to get a result against Australia.
Socceroos to Avoid Defeat in Oslo
Lagerbäck and the more generous Norway fans will point to the team’s tough group as the main reason why they weren’t able to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Yes, Norway were never going to finish ahead of Germany in Group C but they should have done much better than finishing six points shy of Northern Ireland’s tally of 19.
Looking through the list of players either in the Norway squad or on the fringes of selection makes for pretty grim reading if you’re a Norwegian football fan. They’ll need something very special to have any chance of qualifying for future World Cups and even European Championships and Australia should feel confident about their chances of winning on Friday.
There is no doubt that Mawrijk will have to come up with some rock solid tactical plans to get the Socceroos playing to a level which is beyond the sum of their parts. But it’s the spirit of this squad, embodied by the veteran Tim Cahill and captain Mile Jedinak that is its real strength.
Nobody expects Australia to hit the ground running with a big win but they should at least avoid defeat. Therefore, a bet on the Australia/Draw double chance looks well priced at $1.60 with Centrebet.
Expect a Low Scoring Match
Usually when a manager starts a new job they try not to change too much for fear of upsetting or confusing the players. Van Marwijk may take a different approach though given just how complicated and unique the tactics employed by Postecoglou were.
A simpler approach may actually get the best out of Australia and van Marwijk clearly knows how to get the best out of teams having plotted a path for Saudi Arabia to qualify for the World Cup. He’s also not afraid to do things his own way.
The lack of attacking talent in the Norway ranks coupled by a disciplined approach from the new Socceroos manager should ensure a tight game. So, make sure to bet on under 2.5 goals at $1.57 with Ladbrokes.
For a bigger risk/reward option, the Australia 1-0 correct score would pay out nicely at $8.50 with Palmerbet.
Our final betting tip for the match is on Aaron Mooy to score first at $13 with Unibet. Although Mooy’s struggled a little for Huddersfield he remains a key player for the Socceroos and can prove so against Norway.