World Cup Fantasy Preview: Australia

You may not much of this in the next month. - Mark Nolan

The Socceroo's have it all to do to tempt us picking up their stars. To round up Group B lets take a look.

Group B end with the likely whipping boys of the group Australia

Goalkeepers:

Mark Birighitti, (Newcastle Jets), Eugene Galekovic (Adelaide United), Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund), Mat Ryan (Club Brugge).

Defenders:

Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo), Ivan Franjic (Brisbane Roar), Curtis Good (Newcastle United), Ryan McGowan (Shandong Luneng), Matthew Spiranovic, (Western Sydney Wanderers), Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Hyundai), Luke Wilkshire (Dynamo Moscow), Bailey Wright (Preston North End)

Midfielders:

Oliver Bozanic (Luzern), Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa), Joshua Brilliante (Newcastle Jets), James Holland (Austria Wien), Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace), Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town), Matthew McKay (Brisbane Roar), Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory), Tommy Oar (Utrecht), Tommy Rogic (Melbourne Victory), Adam Sarota (Utrecht), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory), Dario Vidosic (Sion).

Forwards:

Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Ben Halloran (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Josh Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus), Matthew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt), Adam Taggart (Newcastle Jets)

Fantasy players to watch

Mark Bresciano

The teams class player.  Whilst he hasn't made it in europe in quite the way he may have he remains the player who controls Australias play.

Mile Jedinak

Finished the Premier League in strong form and has a surprising 1 goal in 10 for his country.

Tim Cahill

31 goals in 67 is pretty impressive from old favourite Tim.  The legs have gone but the brain is still ticking.  He will be a danger at any set play.

Josh Kennedy

17 in 35 games and the match winner against Iraq in the final qualifier he may have to settle for a bench role.

Conclusions

I think you can guess I don't like Australia's chances.  It is not just the lack of talent but the group is a footballing nightmare.  I really can see three defeats by more than one goal.  I will say you can never right off that Aussie Aussie Aussie refusal to give up.


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