Kuwait v Australia Betting Tips
There was no surprise when it was announced that Graham Arnold would return to manage the Socceroos following Bert van Marwijk’s short tenure.
Arnold knows the set-up of the Australian national side inside out but has decided to take a very hands-on approach to things. As well as taking charge of the first team, Arnold will coach the Under-23 side to keep an eye on the potential stars of the future.
Balancing the long-term and short-term demands of the Socceroos will be Arnold’s biggest challenge. He must ensure that the team are building towards being ever more competitive in major international tournaments as well as doing all he can to nurture young Australian talent.
The most immediate challenge for Arnold is beating Kuwait. The best online bookies all have the Socceroos as the firm favourites for Monday’s match but Arnold knows from personal experience the perils of underestimating Kuwait.
A damaging 2-0 defeat to Kuwait in September 2006 led some fans to question whether Arnold was the right man for the top job in Australian football so he’ll be desperate to exact revenge for that defeat and get the fans on board with a big win.
Socceroos Will Need to Deal with the Heat
The 2018 World Cup didn’t exactly go to plan for Australia but it’s already time for the Socceroos to start planning their route to the next World Cup in Qatar.
A major part of that work is for Arnold to decide just what his best team is. That means coming up with a plan to replace the goals and influence of Tim Cahill.
Arnold has made significant changes compared to the Socceroos squad who travelled to Russia including the inclusion of four debutants. His hope is that the players he’s picked, combined with some hard work at a training camp in Dubai, will see the team hit the ground running.
Although the Socceroos have a losing record against Kuwait with five defeats and four wins, Arnold’s team are over 100 places higher in the official FIFA world rankings and should have little trouble winning on Monday, providing the players can deal with the stifling heat.
We don’t think conditions will be too much of a problem and are sure that Arnold won’t be using them as an excuse. Therefore, fully recommend having a bet on Australia winning the game at $1.43 with MadBookie.
Other Options to Profit from a Comfortable Socceroos Win
Arnold has made it clear that his most pressing concern is to improve Australia as an attacking force as they don’t currently score enough goals, at least not with any regularity.
That task will be made tougher with injuries to some important players including Aaron Mooy who is so good at starting attacks from midfield. However, there really is little about this Kuwaiti squad to suggest they’ll cause the Socceroos too many problems going forwards.
We’d go as far as to suggest that one goal would be enough for Australia to win Monday’s match. Therefore, a bet on Australia winning to nil looks well priced at $2.30 with Palmerbet.
Another tempting option is on Australia winning with a one goal handicap which is available at $2.42 with Bet365.
Finally, we like the look of the odds of $6.50 that Unibet are quoting on Australia winning the match 2-0. That would represent a good start for Arnold on his return to the Socceroos’ dugout and is well within their capabilities.
Kuwait vs Australia Top Betting Tips
Australia to win at $1.43 with MadBookie
Australia to win to nil at $2.30 with Palmerbet
Australia -1 goal handicap at $2.42 with Bet365
Australia 2-0 correct score at $6.50 with Unibet
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