Australia vs Serbia – betting tips, match preview and prediction

World Cup BettingAustralia plays Serbia tonight at Nelspruit in their last group match at 19:30 BST. Serbia will be among the last 16 should they win the match tonight, while Australia must win and need a winner in the game between Ghana and Germany to qualify to the knockout stage.

Match Preview

Serbia somewhat surprising managed to get back in the World Cup by winning against Germany and is now looking to finish their comeback against Australia tonight. After their disappointing result against Ghana most people expected them out, but the Serbs showed their defensive skills against the Germans to get back on track. A change in their line-up really paid off and leaves their fate in their own hands. Although they did get some help against Germany with the red card for Miroslav Klose, we believe it may have given them the necessary confidence to go through tonight.

Australia did not get much help from the referee in their game with Harry Kewell’s sendoff against Ghana, which eventually cost them their 1-0 lead in the match. However their one point from the match gives them a slight chance to go through to the 1/8-finals, but they need help from either Ghana or Germany to progress tonight. The objective is clear for the Aussies as they must win and only win. Whether they can find the strength will be interesting to follow, but so far they have been looking somewhat tired. Nevertheless we can not totally write off the Socceroos as they might find another gear against Serbia tonight and surprise the football world once again.

Team Updates

Serbia will have Alexsander Lukovic available again from suspension, and is expected to use a similar line-up as the one against Germany. Some have speculated, whether they will save key players in danger of suspension, but we find it highly unlikely, unless they are comfortably in front at the end of the match.

The Australians will be missing suspended Harry Kewell and Craig Moore, which are banned after their last match. However Tim Cahill will return to the Aussies from his ban against Ghana. He is expected to replace Kewell and either Mark Milligan or Michael Beauchamp will likely replace Moore in defence.

Australia vs Serbia betting tip

Our betting pick is Serbia to win at odds 1.83 at 888 sports.

Australia has not been lucky so far at the World Cup and was likely cheated out off three possible points against Ghana. However their play has not promising and they were more than ran over by Germany in their first match. Based on their two games so far, they are simply to slow and do not have the necessary tempo to be among the last 16 in a World Cup. On the other hand Serbia played horribly against Ghana, but managed to get things together against Germany to win 1-0. At the same time Serbia does have a quality squad with experienced players from leading clubs around Europe and should be able to beat Australia tonight. Our match prediction will be 1-0 or 2-0 to Serbia.

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