Australia vs South Africa by Goleador
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Australia - South Africa
The Australian team has just two friendlies before the start of the World Cup in Brazil. In their group with Spain, the Nederlands and Chile they are big underdog, but I am sure they will give everything to gain a few points and not to end up in last position. Since the team is playing in Asian World Cup qualification as part of the Asian Football Confederation the team could qualify all three times (2006, 2010, 2014).
Although the Golden Generation of Australian Football with players like Kewell or Schwarzer is finding an end, there are still experienced players like Cahill, Jedinak or Wilkshire in the current squad who are a good part of the team and also introduce younger players into the international team. Some of these are Oar, Ryan or McGowan, who are earning there money outside of the Australian A-League and are key players in the clubs.
South Africa has not qualified for WC in Brazil, because there are many stronger teams in African Qualification. In the world ranking they are 65th (six points behind Australia). Usually the odds would be 50-50 on Australia win and X2, but under this conditions Odds are dropping on the home team. South African Coach Isegund nominated 18 players for the match to travel to Sydney, but 11(!) of them are not available (because of injuries, or because the club won´t let them go for this friendly (although the season is over)). Under these players, there are key players (some of them are playing in international leagues) like Parker (Kaizer Chiefs/ATT/68 games for national team/23 goals for national team), Tshabalala (Kaizer Chiefs/OFFMID/CAP/71/10), Khune (Kaizer Chiefs/GK/55), Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace/DEFMID/48/2), Xulu (Rostov/DEF/4). So there will be a squad with just three players who are playing in international clubs. 15 of the new 18-man-squad are having under 10 international team appearences.
For me the situation is clear. Australia, with their last home game before travelling to Brazil. They are motivated and every player wants to present himself for the line up in Brazil. The team will play completly motivated against an South African team which is most parts from domestic league, without much international experience.
MY PICK: Australia AHC-1 (Odd: 2,37 Bookie: Pinnacle)
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|Australia AHC-1||Pinnacle||2.37||8||1-1 LOST (-8 units)|
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