Czech Republic v Australia Betting Tips
The Socceroos’ preparations for the World Cup go up a notch on Friday night (AEST) when they face Czech Republic in Austria. The friendly match is the last before Bert van Marwijk has to finalise his World Cup squad and so every player will be looking for a chance to catch the eye.
Although the Czech Republic did not do enough to earn a place in Russia, don’t think they’ll be taking the match lightly. Karel Jarolim was allowed to remain as the Czech manager even though he could only guide them to third in their UEFA qualification group and he’ll be telling the players that the hard work in their quest to qualify for Euro 2020 starts now.
Could we See an Uncharacteristically High Scoring Socceroos Match?
It’s fair to say that Australia were not entirely convincing during their World Cup qualifying campaign. It’s also fair to say that no Socceroos fan will care, they were all just happy that the team made it to Russia.
That all changes when the tournament begins though. Australia are not content to make up the numbers, they want to at least be competitive in a tough group draw that has pitted them against France, Denmark and Peru.
It’s clear from the early stages of van Marwijk’s time that he believes Australia’s best chance of being competitive is by favouring defence over attack. The Socceroos will be very well organised and work hard to make sure they’re as difficult to break down as possible.
We don’t expect Australia to be involved in too many end-to-end thrillers at the World Cup but things may be different against the Czech Republic. Reports from the Socceroos’ training camp in Turkey suggest that the intensity is high as every player fights for their place on the pitch.
That fight should extend to the pitch and with the whole squad looking to impress, we think a bet on over 2.5 goals could pay off at $2.23 with Unibet.
It may also be worth backing both teams to score at $1.91 with bookmaker.com.au given the importance of this game to the Czech Republic and their rebuilding process.
Maclaren can Make the Most of His Second Chance
Jamie Maclaren was on holiday when he received word that van Marwijk wanted him to fly to Turkey and take part in the training camp.
Having impressed in the second half of the season for Hibernian in Scotland, Maclaren felt as though he’d done enough to earn a place in the Socceroos squad but was left disappointed by the decision to leave him out. Now that he’s back in the reckoning for a place in Russia due to the fitness concerns surround Tomi Juric, McClaren will do everything he can to impress.
Van Marwijk will hope that Juric is fit to play the role of Australia’s main striker not least because he can Maclaren are very different strikers. But it never hurts to have options and a strong performance from Maclaren could be enough to get him on the plane to Russia.
He’ll surely be given the chance to shine in Austria so back Maclaren to score anytime at $3.55 with BetEasy.
Could the Socceroos Be the Value Bet?
The bookies have made the Czech Republic the narrow favourites to win the match in Austria. That’s understandable as they have some quality players but the same is true of Australia.
You could also argue that there is more on the line for Australia and the nature of their training camp suggests nobody in the provisional squad is going to take it easy.
The performances against Norway and Colombia did little for morale among Socceroos fans but things could go better Czech Republic. Australia do at least look like good betting value at $2.90 with Bet365.