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Australia v India 1st ODI Winner Odds & Predictions

Cricket Betting
Australia v India ODI Preview - Saturday, January 12th, 2091 at 2.20 am Australia are licking their wounds after losing their first ever Test home series against India. It’s was a very difficult year for Australia cricket and now, with this being a World Cup year, even more pressure is on them. They have a chance to at least put some kind of positive on the board to start the year as they head into a three-match ODI against India.

Australia v India 1st ODI Odds*

India 8/13 Australia 13/10 * (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 10th, 2019 at 4:13 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

India on the front foot

Without question then India are on the front foot Down Under. They completed that historic Test series win and now they will be looking to drive home their advantage in the ODI series. India are ranked second in the world in this format (behind England) and should have the clear advantage over the hosts. This is the first ODI series between them in Australia since 2016 when Australia dominated in a 4-1 victory in the five-match series. Between 2015 and 2016 they faced India in seven ODI matches and Australia collected a win in six of those. But is the momentum about to shift? On the evidence of the Tests, probably. Virat Kohli is arguably the best batsman in the world at the moment and he is at 5/2 odds to be India’s top scorer in the match* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 10th, 2019 at 3:06 pm). He has been so well supported Down Under by Cheteshwar Pujara who rattled off three-century scores in the Test series. There is something different about India at the moment. They have an aggressive spring in their step and they are going to be difficult to stop at the World Cup. India’s pace bowlers led by Jasprit Bumrah were consistent and deadly. Aggressive too. Australia’s line up in the ODI squad doesn't look to have a great deal of depth about it. They are low in confidence and they could well have a hard time coming up with a response to the power and aggression that India have been showing lately.

Australia v India ODI Prediction

It is India all the way. Australia lost 11 of 13 of ODI matches during the 2018 calendar year in matches against England and South Africa combined. That’s was a shocking return and highlighted the status of Australia cricket. India to take the win at 8/13 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 10th, 2019 at 4:13 pm).

AFC Asian Cup Betting 2019 – Winner Odds & Predictions

Football Betting
AFC Asian Cup 2019 Preview There is some international tournament football betting action to look in early January. The new calendar year starts with a bang out in the east as the 2019 AFC Asian Cup starts on January 5th. The Tournament runs through to the conclusion on February 1st, so it’s a big event. It is bigger than ever actually as it has been expanded to 24 teams for the first time. The United Arab Emirates will be playing hosts for the second time and this is the 17th edition of the AFC Asian Cup. The AFC Asian Cup is held every four years. It is the Blue Samurai of Japan who are the outright favourites at 9/2 odds* (betting odds taken from January 2nd, 2019 at 1:59 pm)

AFC Asian Cup 2019 Odds*

Japan 9/2 South Korea 4/1 Iran 4/1 Australia 6/1 Saudi Arabia 10/1 United Arab Emirates 12/1 Iraq 14/1 Uzbekistan 25/1 Qatar 40/1 China 40/1 50/1 bar * (betting odds taken from January 2nd, 2019 at 1:59 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"] [toc heading_levels="2"]

AFC Asian Cup Preview 2019

The reigning champions are Australia who are 6/1 odds to return to the title* (betting odds taken from January 2nd, 2019 at 1:59 pm). That was the first title at the tournament for the Socceroos. Leading the way as the favourites are Japan. They have won the tournament on more occasions than any other nation, with four successes under their belt. Their most recent won was in 2011. Behind them, it is Saudi Arabia and Iran who have both won it three times each. South Korea are the only other nation to have won the tournament on more than one occasion

Qualification for the Knockout Phase

The top two in each group automatically get a berth in the first knockout stage. Extra time and a penalty shootout will be used to determine winners there if they are needed. Also for the first time, teams get to use a fourth sub if the game does go to extra time. VAR will be in full use for the tournament as well. Joining the two automatic qualifiers from each group in the knockout stage will be the four best Third Place Finishers from the six groups.

Recent winners

1996 - Saudi Arabia 2000 - Japan 2004 - Japan 2007 - Iraq 2011 - Japan 2015 Australia

Group A

United Arab Emirates, Thailand, India, Bahrain There are naturally going to be strong group-winner contenders in each of these groups with the seeded teams all being kept apart. The UAE are strong 1/6 odds-on favourites* (betting odds taken from January 2nd, 2019 at 1:59 pm) to get the win in this one as it’s expected to be a stroll in the park for them. However, they were upset in their 2018 World Cup qualification group, finishing fourth of sixth and missing out on the finals. But frankly, there is little to oppose them here. India may be worth a little flutter to follow them through. They are the highest-ranked team of the other three contenders.

Group B

Australia, Syria, Palestine, Jordan There is going to be clear favouritism towards Australia and Syria in this group. Australia are the reigning champions and have the experience and resources to contend well at the event again. It would be a major upset if the Socceroos didn’t top the group as they are the 1/6 odds-on favourites* (betting odds taken from January 2nd, 2019 at 1:59 pm). They did only scrape into the World Cup 2018 via a dramatic play-off against Syria though after finishing third behind Japan and Saudi Arabia in their qualification group. They will reunite with Syria who had that brilliant and unexpected run during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. They should join Australia in the next round.

Group C

South Korea, China, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines This may be one of the more closely-ran groups, but only between the two top. South Korea and China are only separated by twelve places in the current FIFA World Rankings but it is the former who are the more accomplished of the two. South Korea took automatic qualification for the 2018 World Cup from their group, while China missed out finishing second-from-bottom in that same group. They were only three points behind South Korea though in the final standings, so it was pretty fine margins there. So this should be competitive and they will meet in the final round of group stage matches for what will probably be the fight for top spot. This is the first time that Kyrgyzstan and the Philippines have qualified for the Finals.

Group D

Iran, Iraq, Vietnam, Yemen Going based on the current FIFA World Rankings then Iran are the top side in the tournament. They are ranked at 36th in the world and the nearest to them in their group is Iraq who are 88th. Iran are one easily one of the stronger teams in the tournament and worth a look in the outright market where they are at 4/1 odds* (betting odds taken from January 2nd, 2019 at 1:59 pm). They are the ones who are the odds-on favourites to win their group. It should basically be a straight result of a 1-2 between them and Iraq in this one. Vietnam have qualified for the first time as a unified nation. It is the same for Yemen.

Group E

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Lebanon, North Korea Saudi Arabia were straight qualifiers from the AFC for the 2018 World Cup and are the clear front-runners in Group E at the Asian Cup. This looks as if it will be a routine campaign for them really and this is just about as favourable of a draw as they could have gotten. Qatar, who came from Pot 2 of the draw finished bottom of their World Cup 2018 qualification group with only seven points from ten games. It’s hard to see anyone raising any kind of threat to Saudi Arabia in this group. It may be well worth look at Lebanon to follow Saudi Arabia through from the group just as long-shot.

Group F

Japan, Uzbekistan, Oman, Turkmenistan The obvious choice here for the group win is Japan who are the 9/2 tournament favourites* (betting odds taken from January 2nd, 2019 at 1:59 pm). Looking at the set up for the expanded edition it is difficult to really see any upsets happening in this group stage round. This is just going to be a scrap for who can join them in the next round from this group. With Turkmenistan being the lowest-ranked of all the teams in the tournament, there may be a decent contest between the other two who are only separated by one place in the FIFA World Rankings.


England v Australia Women’s World T20 Final Winner Odds & Predictions

Cricket Betting
It is the clash that many had predicted from the very start of the tournament. It will be England v Australia in the final of the Women’s World T20 on Sunday. England will be going into the scrap as the underdogs at 7/4 to come away with the title* (betting odd taken on November 24th, 2018 at 6:06 pm), as they try to emulate the team of 2009 who were both T20 and ODI reigning World Champions.

England v Australia Odds

Australia Women 4/9 England Women 7/4 * (betting odd taken on November 24th, 2018 at 6:06 pm)

England Underdogs

Captain Heather Knight has guided England well through the tournament and they enjoyed a comfortable eight-wicket victory over India in their semi final match. England had finished runners-up in their group, with the West Indies pipping them to the post. But things, fortunately, worked out for England because pre-tournament favourites Australia surprisingly failed to win Group B. So that meant England were able to avoid them in the semi finals. They took their chance after batting second in that semi final match against India, with Amy Jones putting in a player of the match performance, firing off 53 runs from 45 balls after Heather Knight had taken 3/9 in getting India skittled out for 112.


Australia slipped up against India in their final group stage match. That was a match for the top spot and surprisingly, despite being favourites, Australia couldn’t convert. But they have some massive star power in Ellyse Perry of course who is lethal with the bat and the ball. That’s really the key player that England have to try and curtail in order to line themselves up with the chance at a victory in this one. It’s a fascinating rivalry that England and Australia have of course and that will just add the extra spice to this final.

England v Australia

After a thrilling 2017 Ashes series between the two old enemies, it is hoped that more thrilling, tight action continues between the two. During that multi-format Ashes Series England won 2-1 in the T20, England needing and getting the win in the third and final T20 clash. That was the last game of the Series as well giving England the tie.


You have the two best teams in the world here at this format with no mistake really. Each have their superstars to call on, England looking to the likes of Heather Knight, nat Sciver and Anya Shrubsole, while the Australia's have Perry and Alyssa Healy. It should be tight but of the two, Australia posted a better run rate in the group stage and may just have the edge in the batting power overall.

Rugby World Cup Sevens Winner Odds & Predictions

Rugby Betting
There is another World Cup happening this summer to whet your betting appetite and this is the Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament which is being held out in San Francisco on July 20th through to the 22nd. This will be the seventh edition of the tournament and we look set for another high-octane thrilling event. New Zealand are the reigning champions and are 13/2 odds* (betting odds taken from July 20th, 2018 at 8:57 pm) to go the distance this time around. However, it is the threatening Fiji who are the odds-on favourites.


There are two tournaments running side by side, the Men’s and the Women's and we will take a look at both of them. The Championship Cup is the main event where teams are playing for the Melrose Cup and that is where the big guns will be waiting to step into action. But there is a lot of other stuff going on, with smaller brackets of competition for teams losing at different stages. The top eight seeds at the tournament will all be straight into the round of sixteen at the Championship Cup. Then the winners of the eight Championship Cup Qualifying Round will join them there. The losers of those qualifiers are the ones who go and play a knockout format in the Bowl knockout bracket. Any team who loses in the Round of 16 in the main Champions Cup will drop and compete for the Challenge Trophy in a knockout bracket. The losing quarter finalists will compete for 5th place in a knockout bracket.

Top Eight Seeds

South Africa Fiji New Zealand England USA Australia Argentina Scotland

Rugby World Cup Sevens Winner Odds*

Fiji 4/5 South Africa 5/2 New Zealand 13/2 USA 13/2 England 16/1 Australia 20/1 Argentine 50/1 Kenya 66/1 Scotland 66/1 Samoa 80/1 Ireland 100/1 France 100/1 Canada 100/1 Wales 200/1

Champions Cup Draw

The Top half of the draw contains South Africa, Scotland, England and the USA. South Africa would meet Scotland in the quarter finals and England and USA would meet in the quarters. The Bottom half of the draw has Fiji, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia. Fiji and Argentina would meet in the quarter finals and New Zealand and Australia would meet in the quarters.

Reigning Champions

New Zealand are the reigning champions from five years ago in Moscow, Russia and that is one that England fans will want to forget. England was beaten 33-0 in that final, which was their second Final appearance after winning the inaugural edition back in 1993. It leaves New Zealand and Fiji with two titles each, one for England and one for Wales from previous editions of the Rugby World Cup Sevens.

South Africa

South Africa are the back to back winners of the World Rugby Sevens Series event, collecting this year’s title over Fiji. A lot of the focus going into this World Cup though has been on Fiji and on New Zealand and despite being the top seed, South Africa are flying under the radar a bit. They have a really favourable draw up in the top half of the group stage and should be for a lock for the semi finals.


Fiji are in the spotlight with a powerful team and they won the 2016 Olympic tournament at a canter. The totally destroyed Great Britain in the Olympic Final and that was after having beaten New Zealand in the quarter finals. They are such powerful runners and they look a bit untouchable going into his one. They have star power, notably, in Semi Kunatani they have nine of their Olympic winning team in their ranks for this. At that 4/5 price pre-tournament* (betting odds taken from July 20th, 2018 at 8:57 pm) it’s worth jumping on as that’s only going to shorten drastically.

New Zealand

The reigning champions are New Zealand but few of their successful 2013 squad remains. They didn't have a good time of things at all in the 2016 Olympics tournament, struggling to get out of their group and were eliminated by the powerful Fiji in the quarter finals. We don’t think that they are as strong as they need to be but should be in the semi-finals as they are better than rivals Australia.


England had key players going in that Great Britain team which went to the final of the Olympics two summers ago. Maybe there were helped out a bit having an easier group stage, but they battled past Argentina and then South Africa in tight games to get out that final. They were fifth in this season’s World Sevens Series but were the only ones in the top six not to have won a tournament. They are 16/1 odds* (betting odds taken from July 20th, 2018 at 8:57 pm) to go out and win this one but it looks a bit out of their reach.


The USA look a great dark horse for this. They are emerging so strongly and they took a home win in Las Vegas this season in the World Series. They are by no means a finished project yet but they have some big talented runners and have Perry Baker, the 2017 World Rugby Men’s Sevens Player of the Year and Carlin Isles. Watch for him. Isles is the fastest man at the tournament. He was top scorer in the 2017/18 World Sevens Series. They could knock on the door but a semi final looks a realistic target.


We don't see Australia getting in the picture and that primarily is because they are behind New Zealand in terms of wealth of talent and quality at the moment. There will likely be that big quarter final duel between them and we can’t see the Kiwis losing it. They weren’t at the races in the 2016 Olympics and despite finishing fourth in the World Series, we don’t see them having a big impact.


The South Americans didn't produce much of a threat at all during the 2017/18 World Rugby Sevens Series, but landed a couple of second place finishes in Cape Town and Las Vegas. But they got steadily worse as the series wore on though and they have Fiji standing in their way in the quarter of the draw.


Scotland finished twelfth in the 2017/18 World Rugby Sevens Series a long way back of seventh-placed Argentina so that is a good context in which to put them. They have done well to be seeded for the round of sixteen but with South Africa, the reigning champions in their quarter, the Scots may not have enough in them.


It has to be Fiji for us. They have been so powerful over the last couple of years and despite losing the World Rugby Sevens Series by two points to South Africa, it is notable that they won five tournaments during the season to the two from South Africa. South Africa just had that extra level of consistency across the long season to hold on. Throw in on top of that their 2016 Olympic Gold Medal and the probability that most of the team of the tournament for the 2018 Rugby Sevens World Cups are likely to be Fiji players, you can’t look past them. They have some of the greatest Sevens players on the planet at the moment.

Womens’ 2018 Hockey World Cup

The Women’s Sevens Rugby World Cup is probably just going to boil down to a showdown between the top two seeds who are New Zealand and Australia respectively. They are head and shoulders above the rest of the world. This is just the third edition of the tournament with Australia winning the inaugural showing in 2009 over the Kiwis and New Zealand coming out on top five years ago in beating Canada in the final. Australia didn’t finish in the top four surprisingly. The two big stars of the women's game, is New Zealand’s Portia Woodman and she is regarded as the best player in the world (men’s or women’s) and she will be facing a rivalry with Australia's Charlotte Caslick a former World Sevens Player of the Year. The Aussies need her on top of her game but New Zealand do have the better squad.

Australia v Peru Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Australia v Peru- World Cup 2018
Australia v Peru Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 26th June - 3.00 p.m The Socceroos have to win this Group C fixture in order to keep their slim hopes of making it through to the round of sixteen alive. They have just the one point on the board so far and they need to bag all three in this one. On top of them having to win this game, they would also need France to do them a favour and beat Denmark. Our Australia v Peru predictions are seeing some troubles ahead for Australia's qualification hopes.

Australia News and Form

Australia needs to break out of their World Cup winless slump and get three points in this one. The Socceroos are D1 L4 in their last five World Cup matches and despite some spirited grit at this year’s edition have come up short again. They did almost earn an excellent point against France in their opener, conceding a penalty and an own goal to lose 2-1 against Les Bleus, and then they played out a 1-1 draw with Denmark. Both of their goals at this summer’s tournament have penalty kicks from Mile Jedinak. We are going to go and push the boat out over 2.5 goals for this one which is 11/10 odds at William Hill* (Betting Odds were taken from June 24th, 2018 at 11:55 p.m.). Four of Australia's last six games have made it over the goal line and they do have to show some intent here. Their defence isn’t all that great though, so we will look at both teams to score at William Hill too for our Australia v Peru betting tips. Australia have to collect three points as well as hoping that Denmark fails to beat France in their final game. That’s not the entire picture though because if that happens, they still have to overcome Denmark on goal difference as well. The Socceroos have only produced two wins from fifteen previous World Cup games. [bbutton bookmaker="william-hill"]

Peru News and Form

Peru have been one of the most positive sides at the tournament and yet they are empty-handed. They lost 1-0 against Denmark in their opening game despite having plenty of great chances to get themselves maximum points, out-shooting the Europeans in the game. Then they were the better side when they took on France but again went down 1-0. That is despite all of their positive attacking play and positive attitude to games. They came into the tournament with some good from behind them, but unfortunately, it hasn’t happened and they will be going home. They have been a bit unlucky but we can see them making amends in this one. As they do leave themselves open at the back we are looking at the Peru 2-1 correct score option at William Hill for 11/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 24th, 2018 at 11:55 p.m.). Even though they don’t have anything to play for here, it would be a bit harsh for them to go home empty-handed. A win in the game would at least see them go happy and avoid taking the wooden spoon in Group C with them.

Australia v Peru Head to Head

This will be the first meeting between Australia and Peru. Australia v Peru World Cup 2018 Infographic

Australia v Peru Betting Odds*

Peru 29/20 Australia 2/1 Draw 5/2 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 24th, 2018 at 11:55 p.m.)

Australia v Peru Predictions

Peru impressed against France and they dominated their game against Denmark as well. They will be so disappointed to have not gotten any points so far, but for our Australia v Peru predictions we can see them going home with a smile of their faces after a win in this one. Peru to win.  

Denmark v Australia Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Denmark v Australia- World Cup 2018
Denmark v Australia Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 21st June - 1.00 p.m (Full time: 1:1 - goals: Eriksen 7'- Jedinak (P) 38') Denmark had a tougher game against Peru in their opener than they ever thought that they were going to get. But they got across the finish line in the end with three points, with the South Americans missing a penalty along the way. The Danes are going to be in for another tough scrap here as they face up to the Socceroos. Our Denmark v Australia predictions are suggesting this is going to be a tight game after Australia so nearly produced what would have been a deserved an excellent point against France.

Denmark News and Form

Denmark delivered exactly what was expected of them in their opening match which was a 1-0 win over Peru. They look a pretty solid side and they got their three points but what was likely to let them down at this tournament was the lack of scoring output. The goal that they got against Peru was just their fourth in their last six games now and so a good place to start for your Denmark v Australia predictions is under 2.5 goals at 8/15 odds at bet365* (Betting Odds were taken on June 18th, 2018 at 4:39 p.m.). You don't really see the Danes breaking out and producing a top quality attacking performance and run up a big score. In the bet365 correct score market a Denmark 5/1 option is at 5/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on June 18th, 2018 at 4:39 p.m.) and that looks a good value option on this game. Their star player Christian Eriksen is a 21/10 anytime goalscorer option* (Betting Odds were taken on June 18th, 2018 at 4:39 p.m.). Denmark have been rock solid at the back and that is now a clean sheet in each of their last five games. That’s impressive stuff although they did ride their luck against Peru with Keeper Kasper Schmeichel producing some key saves while Peru missed a spot kick as well. But the Danes kept their good defensive record intact and Denmark to win to nil is at 7/4 odds or you can snap a price up of 10/11 on them to get just get a clean sheet in the game* (Betting Odds were taken on June 18th, 2018 at 4:39 p.m.). They have that cushion of three points and they could be happy enough with a point in this one and they don’t have to open up and get all crazy. If they could make it six points from six though, that would see them lay down a serious challenge to win the group when they meet France in the final round of group stage matches. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Australia News and Form

Australia can feel themselves really hard done by in not having collected a point against France. They looked well on course to get one until a VAR decision did correctly call that a speculative shot from Paul Pogba had crossed the line at the end. But the Socceroos competed very well in the match and that was a game which they were expected to be brushed aside in. So while the result will have hurt they can take huge positives from it but one thing which is going to end up working against them is that the game against France will have taken a lot out of them. They won't have the fitness levels or depth in their squad like Denmark have. Australia have won two of their last three games, beating the Czech Republic and Hungary in their final warm-up matches, and have to collect three points in this one if they are going to keep any faint hopes of qualification alive until the final round of group stage matches. For our Denmark v Australia betting tips we can see them coming up short, but there is some appeal in backing Australia to keep things tight and a Denmark to win by a one-goal margin at bet365 is at 12/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on June 18th, 2018 at 4:39 p.m.).

Denmark v Australia Head to Head

The two nations have met three times before and Denmark are 2-1 up from that brief head to head. They haven’t met competitively though so this will be a first. Their most recent meeting was in a 2010 friendly which Denmark won 2-0.

Denmark v Australia Betting Odds*

Denmark 17/20 Draw 13/5 Australia 15/4 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 18th, 2018 at 6:23 p.m.)

Denmark v Australia Predictions

Australia may have enough about them to go and dig out a draw in this one to keep their qualification hopes for the next round alive. They were so unlucky not to earn one against France they should be fired up for this. With Denmark not a massive threat in front of goal, our prediction for Denmark v Australia is the draw in the match outright.  

France v Australia Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

France v Australia - World Cup 2018
France v Australia Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 16th June - 11.00 p.m (Full time: 0:1 - goals: Griezmann 58' (P), Pogba 81' - Jedinak 62' (P) ) Most predictions for France v Australia will probably be leaning towards Les Bleus getting a comfortable win in this opening Group C fixture. The French are one of the front runners in the tournament outright winner market and therefore most people will be expecting them to open with a victory against Australia. But after a couple of positive friendly results just ahead of the tournament, will the Socceroos be able to get under the skin of the French and rattle them?

France News and Form

France will look to get a good foothold in the tournament by winning their opening fixture here against Australia. The French could only muddle their way to a 1-1 draw against the USA on the weekend and they looked a bit short of their best especially at the back. France have suffered only the one defeat in their last 10 games collecting six wins during a sequence. Their defence hasn’t been watertight at all recently as they have collected just one clean sheet in their last six games played so they are going to need tighten up if they want to fulfil their ambitions of making a title run at Russia 2018. One blessing that the French have is that they have a great squad with a stack of depth and that will help them come through tight situations in the second half of matches. France v Australia - World Cup 2018 Infographic You are looking at a big price of 7/4 odds with bet365* (betting odds taken on June 11 at 6:30 p.m.) for both teams to score. Because of the goals that France have conceded lately it’s going into our predictions as actually being worth a little flutter. France have plenty of scoring power and they have Antoine Griezmann as the 10/3 odds* (betting odds taken on June 11th at 6:11 pm) first goalscorer favourite for the match. France have returned at least two goals in all but one of their last eight games now, there are draw against the USA on the weekend was a game that sapped that particular sequence. You wonder if they may just get off to a slow start here as they have a huge amount of expectancy on their shoulders. As Australia seem to have lifted their game a little bit a draw/France have time full-time bet is at 5/2 odds* (betting odds taken on June 11th at 6:11 p.m.) and that is something worth considering. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Australia News and Form

Australia really did not look anything special during their World Cup 2018 qualification campaign and they didn’t even win their group as they came second to Japan. Then they needed a goal in extra time of the second leg in their play-off against Syria to make it through to the inter-confederation play-off against Honduras which, Australia obviously won. So after the campaign from the Socceroos, when the World Cup draw was made it looks as if they may end up being fodder for the French. However, Australia are undefeated in their last three games winning their last two which was against the Czech Republic and Hungary. Starting off that sequence was a good 0-0 draw against Colombia. Nothing will change the fact that in this game that they are going to be heavy underdogs and that a win still looks a considerable way out of the picture. But they may be more of a handful France to deal with than it initially appeared. If they do manage to break the French defence, which again has not been in particularly great form recently, it is unlikely that Australia will be able to produce more than one goal as they will be on the back foot for most of it. But for our game predictions under 2.5 goals at bet365 would probably mean that Australia have done a pretty good job in this opening game of theirs. There is no easy game ahead for Australia at the 2018 World Cup as they will move on to play Denmark and then Peru in Group C.

France v Australia Head to Head

The last time that France and Australia met things didn’t go well for the Socceroos as they lost six-nil in a 2015 friendly. That was just the fourth game between these two and from those previous four meetings, it is France who are 2-1 up in the head-to-head. They have only met once competitively which was in the 2001 confederations cup and Australia collected a 1-0 win on that occasion.

France v Australia Betting Odds*

France 1/4 Draw 23/4 Australia 12/1 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on 16th June, 2018 at 6.48 p.m.)

France v Australia Predictions

Australia are industrious and may make France work hard for anything that they get out of this fixture. It’s hard to see the underdogs making a big impact on the scoreboard, but they can keep the score down in the fixture and therefore a France to win by a one goal margin looks a solid option for this opener in the group.  

Who will be best Asian team at the World Cup 2018?

World Cup 2018 Betting
Japan are the market leaders when it comes to Best Asian Team ahead of the 2018 World Cup Five teams qualified for the 2018 World Cup from the AFC section, with Australia forming part of the Asian Football Confederation in recent years.  

Japan the best of the AFC?

The Socceroos are joined by Japan, South Korea, Iran and Saudi Arabia, with the Asian teams not expected to make a big impact on the tournament although one or two have a chance of reaching the knockout stage. Japan are the 7/4 favourites with BetVictor to be the best Asian team in Russia, with the Samurai Blue thrust into an open Group H that also includes Poland, Colombia and Senegal. However, Akira Nishino’s team might have their work cut out against quality opposition, with Japan having played thirteen World Cup matches aside from the 2002 tournament (where they had home advantage) and they won just two games.

Best Asian Team odds*

Japan 7/4 South Korea 10/3 Australia 10/3 Iran 10/3 Saudi Arabia 9/1 * (betting odds taken on June 13th, 2018 at 4:33 a.m.)

Iran with a lively chance

Therefore, we could look elsewhere and Iran strike us as having a lively chance in Group B despite being drawn in the same section as Spain and Portugal. Carlos Queiroz’s side will go up against Morocco in their 2018 World Cup opener and a crucial win in Saint Petersburg could see Iran looking to squeeze out a point against Spain before a potential crunch clash against the Portuguese. On first glance, Portugal look difficult to oppose after winning their World Cup qualifying group with nine wins and coming into them after winning the 2016 European Championship. However, they are over-reliant on Cristiano Ronaldo and the Real Madrid superstar is sure to be marked heavily. Iran are a 10/3 chance* (betting odds taken on June 13th, 2018 at 4:33 a.m.) to claim the top Asian team prize and they look to have the best chance of all.

Saudi Arabia

We are happy to draw a line through Saudi Arabia, despite the fact that they were the only Asian side to score in all ten matches during the final round of qualifying. The Saudis have also been given a fairly favourable group although hosts Russia are an unpredictable lot and Uruguay possess the class to go very deep in this tournament, while Egypt will pitch up with leading Premier League star Mohamed Salah.

Socceroos to struggle?

Australia look a touch short at odds of 10/3 wtih BetVictor* (betting odds taken on June 13th, 2018 at 4:33 a.m.) and the Socceroos are now managed by the experienced Bert van Marwijk, with the Dutchman having taken the Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup and he’s since had a spell with Saudi Arabia. The Aussies are in the same group as France, Denmark and Peru, with a tricky opener against Les Bleus likely to put the men in yellow on the back foot.

World Cup 2018 outright winner odds*

Brazil 4/1 Germany 5/1 Spain 6/1 France 6/1 Argentina 9/1 Belgium 10/1 England 16/1 Portugal 25/1 Uruguay 25/1 Croatia 33/1 Columbia 40/1 Russia 40/1 Poland 66/1 Denmark 100/1 Mexico 100/1 Switzerland 125/1 Sweden 150/1 Peru 150/1 Bar 200/1 * (Betting Odds taken from BetVictor on June 13th, 2018 at 4.18 a.m.)

The Taeguk Warriors

Finally, we have a South Korea team who are in the same group as a German side expected to win Group F at a canter, while Sweden and Mexico could be decent opponents for the Taeguk Warriors. However, we are sticking with Iran to potentially emerge through Group B thanks to the sort of stubborn defensiveness that could see them go through in second behind Spain.  

World Cup Group C betting preview and prediction

World Cup 2018 Betting
Group C includes France, Denmark, Peru and Australia, with Les Bleus strong favourites to finish top of the section Group C of the 2018 World Cup will be regarded by many as “France’s group”, with Les Bleus the star turn in the section and it’s little surprise to see them at 4/9 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 9th at 00:10 AM) to go through as group winners.

France to impress

Didier Deschamps continues to manage a team who have bags of quality, with the players squarely being drawn from top European clubs and most consider the French to go a long way in Russia. Even so, backing them at short odds to qualify or win Group C doesn’t make a lot of appeal unless you put them in an accumulator with the likes of Spain and Brazil.

Group C Winner Odds*

France 4/9 Denmark 9/2 Peru 11/1 Australia 24/1 * (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 9th at 00:10 AM) Despite reaching the final of Euro 2016, there was a sense that France underperformed at the tournament, with much expected of Paul Pogba in the midfield area despite an unconvincing season for Manchester United. Antoine Griezmann is pure class and has always shone in a blue shirt, with Laurent Koscielny’s absence in central defence meaning that Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti are likely to operate at the back. N’Golo Kante is probably the most important member of this team, with France having a winnable opening match against Australia, with Denmark facing Peru and the Danes look like a good bet to go through to the last sixteen. France are 6/1 to win the World Cup 2018 outright* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 9th at 00:10 AM). There are arguments to suggest that the European teams will largely make up the remaining sixteen teams in the competition after the group stage, with the overall quality higher in this continent than anywhere else in the world.

World Cup 2018 outright winner odds at bet365*

Brazil 4/1 Germany 9/2 Spain 6/1 France 13/2 Argentina 9/1 Belgium 11/1 England 16/1 Portugal 25/1 Uruguay 28/1 Croatia 33/1 Columbia 40/1 Russia 40/1 Poland 66/1 Denmark 100/1 Mexico 100/1 Switzerland 100/1 Sweden 150/1 Bar 200/1 * (betting odds taken on June 6, 2018, at 4:03 a.m.) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Denmark to make it Euro 1-2

Denmark are pretty difficult to beat and boast one of the tournament’s star performers in Christian Eriksen. The Tottenham playmaker operates in an advanced position for his country and finished among the top scorers during UEFA World Cup qualifying. The Scandinavian side are likely to play with three at the back and that will include Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen, with Sevilla’s Simon Kjaer another star turn in the team and they did well to finish second behind Poland in their group before trouncing the Republic of Ireland in the play-offs. Peru came through the CONMEBOL qualifying ahead of Chile and Paraguay, with Los Incas then meeting New Zealand in a play-off and the South Americans will be fired up for their opening clash against Denmark.

Group C To Qualify Odds*

France 1/15 Denmark 4/5 Peru 13/8 Australia 7/2 * (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 9th at 00:10 AM) The big issue for Peru is the defence which conceded 26 goals in qualification, with the goalkeeper and defenders playing in local leagues and there might be an over-reliance on Paolo Guerrero as the team’s attacking outlet. Indeed, it might be worth taking a punt on them finishing bottom of Group C for 11/5 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 9th at 00:10 AM), with Australia gearing up for another crack at the World Cup and likely to have a strong team spirit in Russia. Aston Villa’s Mile Jedinak and Tim Cahill are the lynchpins of the team, while Matt Ryan is an expert stopper for Brighton and we’re happy to back the Peruvians to finish bottom of the pile.

Group C Betting Tips

Denmark to qualify @ 8/11* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 9th at 00:10 AM) Peru to finish bottom @ 2/1* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 9th at 00:10 AM) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

England v Australia Rugby Winner Odds & Predictions – 18th November 2017

Rugby Betting
After a stuttering and unimpressive victory over Argentina last weekend, England are going to have to step up through the gears as they take on Australia at Twickenham this weekend. England looked rusty and a bit directionless against the Pumas, England only landing a 21-8 win with a try each for Nathan Hughes and Semesa Rokoduguni. England never really got themselves going as a creative unit and it was just a poor grind for them and they could barely put a precise pass together. Argentina missed some penalty kicks as well which would have made the hosts sweat had they gone over. Owen Farrell comes back into the starting lineup to replace Henry Slade, while Anthony Watson starts at full back for the first time ever in an England shirt, and Jonny May gets a run out on the wing. Lock Maro Itoje does make the bench but his workload is going to be managed as Jones rests him again. The other change is Joe Launchbury coming into the second row with George Kruis being passed over. Head Coach Eddie Jones has already led England to four successes over Australia. England swept a three match series over the Wallabies Down Under back in the summer of last year and then beat them again at the start of December back on home soil in the Autumn Tests. So that’s a four match winning streak that they are on against the Wallabies and they have lost just one of their last seven against their old rivals as well. England are trading at 4/11 with Ladbrokes to win this duel with Australia on the weekend and three of their last four victories over them have been by at least ten points. But because they did look a little scrappy, to say the least, last weekend an Australian +8 handicap may be worth covering in this one at a price. Adding a little extra weight to that is the fact that Australia have ran up wins over New Zealand and wales recently. Australia are a 12/5 to pull off the match win. In the last thirteen meetings between England and Australia at Twickenham, England are well up with a W8 L5 record against Australia. It’s been a little more even though over the last five meetings between them there with England 3-2 up in the head to head. Australia are in form as they are heading to the end of their season and the hosts are really going to have to up their performance levels from the dirge they produced last weekend when even the crowd was starting to turn against them. Expect a tight battle between these two as Australia will turn up and push the hosts hard.

Ashes 2017/18 Cricket Betting Winnder Odds & Predictions

Cricket Betting
The battle for the Ashes beings on November 23rd as old rivals Australia and England stand toe to toe once again. It is one of the most enduring, thrilling and combative sporting events in the world and the character of England will really be tested as they head down under. The tourists are in possession of the Ashes, but no-one is expecting them to have an easy time of things defending it. They have suffered some terrible humiliations on recent Tours there and the Australians are eagerly awaiting their chance to knock them off their perch.

Ashes 2017/18 Fixtures

1st Test - The Gabba, Brisbane November 23rd - 27th Australia are unbeaten in Brisbane since 1988. It’s a crazy run of form from them there and opposition have dubbed it the Gabbatoir. It’s probably the most intimidating atmosphere that a rival visiting team has to go through anywhere in the world. Back in the 2013/14 Ashes series England were bowled out for 136 and 179 at the Gabba and were destroyed in the end by 381 runs. England have won just four of twenty previous tests in Brisbane and their last win there was in 1986.They have posted a D2 L5 record at the Gabba since then. It’s a notoriously difficult place and if England falls behind in this Series, that’s a rough turn right out of the gate. There’s no question that the Aussies are going to want to come out of the blocks quickly and heap tremendous pressure on England. 2nd Test - Adelaide Oval, Adelaide December 2nd - 6th Realistically there are no easy games for England in the Series. For the second test, they head to Adelaide where they lost by 218 runs in the last Ashes series down under. But they did win there in 2010 by a whopping innings and 71 runs on their way to retaining the Ashes. That was one of three wins on that tour, drawing three other matches. That 2010 success is England’s only win in their last five Test matches at the Oval. They are likely going to be down in the series at this point and they are really going to have to dig deep and show some early character. A draw wouldn't be a bad result for the tourists. 3rd Test - WACA Ground, Perth December 14th - 18th This is potentially where England really have to put in a good performance to keep the series alive. However, this has been a nightmare of a venue for the tourists having lost their last seven matches there in a row. Actually England have only ever won there once in their history with a W1 D3 L9 record in Perth. This has to be a bit of a write off and the best that England would probably be able to collect is a draw. 4th test - Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne December 26th - 30th England should have a whiff of a chance in Melbourne in the fourth Test. They picked up a win in Melbourne in their Ashes defence in 2010 and they will need another strong batting performance to stick in there. England have won two of their last five matches there but the defeats in that sequence of trips to Melbourne have been pretty big one. Every promise of producing the most comprehensive victory of the series for the victor whoever comes out on top. 5th Test - Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, January 4th - 8th, 2018 Imagine if the year starts off with this being a deciding match for the Ashes. What an atmosphere, what an occasion. England rounded off their successful 2010/11 Ashes defence with a win in Sydney despite losing the toss and batting second. England have won two of their last four visits there and the head to head between the two rivals is pretty even in Sydney. England hold a W22 D7 L26 in their history at the Sydney Cricket Ground. They should be competitive here but you wonder if it will all be too little too late in terms of the Ashes.

Ashes 2017-18 Odds

The hosts are strong odds on favourites at a price of 2/5 with bet365 to go and win the series. They have home advantage with boisterous crowds behind them so this will once again be a very intimidating atmosphere for England. The Tourists are 10/3 underdogs to get the win. A draw is a 7/1 price and that is all that England will need to retain the Ashes.

Top Batsman

Who will do the business at the crease over the course of the five match series? Naturally, the Australian players are going to be far more comfortable under their own conditions than the visitors are going to be. David Warner and Steve Smith are joint 3/1 favourites to be the top scoring batsmen in the Ashes. From England’s side they need the experience of Alastair Cook to fire and he is 6/1 to bet Top Batsmen, but their big dangerman is Joe Root who is a 5/1 option to steal the show.

Top Bowler

The fast tracks are set up for the quick ball in Australia and therefore only one man is likely to come away as the top man of the day and that is Mitchell Starc who was in ridiculously outstanding form during the warm up for the Ashes. It’s hard to see anyone getting the better of him over the course of the series, fellow pace bowler Josh Hazlewood the only contender to really get close.

The Teams

England are not carrying Ben Stokes because of his current disciplinary process that he is going through.That is a huge blow for the Tourists as he, along with Root was one of the leaders who could stand up on a given day and give England hope and runs. Once again James Anderson, who is vice captain is going to be so important for their bowling attack. If he doesn’t perform, England will struggle as a unit. They need him to swing the ball because the England bowling attack doesn't have the outright pace to threaten the Aussie batsmen. Broad isn’t as prolific as he needs to be in Australia, and again, the loss of Stokes as a bowling option too is a tough pill to swallow. There’s tremendous pressure on captain Joe Root to perform with the bat or else he will get slaughtered by the Aussie press. Australia can boast Starc, Cummings and Hazlewood. Australia have the pace to really rattle the England batsman. The presence of Mitchell Starc is going to be key for the home side. How are England going to play him? He recently took two hat tricks in one match on home soil for NSW. That’s a warning sign for England if ever they needed one. You pair up him with the consistency of Hazelwood and the fierce bouncers of Cummings England are going to have major problems. England’s batting line up has been pretty well slated already, but the two line ups are pretty comparable. But without question, Australia edge the bowling.

Ashes 2017/18 Prediction

There is going to be fascinating again. How will England cope in the face of some ruthless Australian crowds? They have been battered on recent tours Down Under. However, this may be close because the batting looks even, and it will all be the differences between the bowling departments. England can write off the first test at the Gabba and that puts the tourists on the back foot. It may not be the whitewash that Australia’s Glenn McGrath has touted about once again, but an Australia 3-1 correct series score at bet365 looks good. It doesn’t have the feel of being a series where there are going to be many drawn games. There are weaknesses in both which will prevent that.

Australia v Honduras Predictions & Betting Odds – 15th November 2017

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Australia v Honduras Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 Qualifiers 15th November There was a 0-0 draw played out in the first leg of this World Cup qualifier and so that means everything is still up for grabs. Really though Australia could have won the first leg and they do look the more likely of the two to book a spot now at the World Cup. Honduras will have been disappointed with their display on home soil, but they may stick in there as long as Australia's woes in front of goal continue. This will probably be another tight game between the two with so much riding on the match.

Australia v Honduras Betting Tips

There was not a great deal of excitement in the first leg of this World Cup play off, which is an inter-confederations affair. But what little there was in the game, most of it came from Australia. They were the better of the two nations, but their big problem is putting the ball in the back of the net. It’s fair to say that there isn’t much quality up front from them. Add in the pressure of the situation it is likely that this game will go under 2.5 goals which is a price of 8/13 at bet365 and under 1.5 goals isn’t without it’s appeal at 2/1. Honduras don’t have a lot of attacking quality to throw in either. The Socceroos haven’t been prolific in front of goal and struggled to take chances against Syria in the AFC play off round. They have drawn their last three games (90 minutes) and they have won just one of their last nine games, which was a victory over Thailand in the group stage of qualification. Overall they are W1 D5 L3 in their last nine matches. That’s not form that will make any opposition tremble. Australia are crying out for quality in the final third of the pitch, but they do work hard at least and most likely for them to find the back of the net is Tomi Juric who is a 13/10 anytime goalscorer favourite for the match. Tim Cahill, who got the crucial winner against Syria and who flew to Honduras in a compression boot to try and heal himself, is a 7/4 option. They haven’t collected many clean sheets this year (just two in the 2017 calendar year) but on the evidence of the first leg, they can hold out on home soil in the game at the back and there is a price of 11/8 at bet365 on Australia to win to nil. The Aussies took part in Confederations Cup in the summer and lost 3-2 to Germany while draw 1-1 with both Cameroon and Chile. An Australia 1-0 correct score at bet365 is a price of 9/2, the shortest option in the market. Honduras are at least in this still after a poor performance home in San Pedro Sula. In many ways, if Australia had quality up front, Honduras would be out of this already, but it’s a risky plan to put your their hopes in Australia misfiring. Honduras aren’t exactly running in hot form but they have been hard to beat. They have gone W2 D3 L1 in their last six games and they only squeezed into the play off place in CONCACAF through the final round of qualifiers, helped out by the USA losing against Trinidad & Tobago or else they wouldn't have been at this stage. Earlier this year they produced a run of form where they failed to score in four of five games but have netted in four of their last five now. But still, know they have lost home advantage and take on a side who were better than them in the first leg. They missed have really missed their chance on Friday.

Australia v Honduras Betting Odds

Australia 4/7, Draw 11/4, Honduras 6/1

Australia v Honduras Predictions

Australia to win: If the Aussies can find someone who can actually have a good game up front then they can win this comfortably. They looked the better of the two in the first leg, but as they are crying out for a world class striker, the 1-0 home win will have appeal and nothing more.

Wales v Australia Rugby Betting Odds & Preview – 11th November, 2017

Rugby Betting
It’s a big opener to the Autumn Series of internationals for Wales as they welcome Australia. Owen Williams is going to get a chance to show off his attacking skills as he comes into the centre to face the Wallabies for the first time. While this is a game in which there is going to be a lot of pressure on Williams now, it is the defensive midfield area which is more likely going to be the key factor in Wales winning this one. There is no Justin TIpuric, Sam Warburton or Dan Lydiate around for the Welsh in this one and they are going into the game with a new look back row, Gatland rewarding form from his players. Wales will have seen how much Japan recently disputed Australia at the breakdown and that will be a great area for the Welsh to get under the skin of the visitors in. That is where Toby Faletau and Josh Navidi are going to have a chance to shine. Wales had a disappointing Six Nations campaign this year winning just two of their five matches and finishing second from bottom of the table. They have produced a W4 L3 record for the calendar year in their internationals and the defeats were against France and Scotland out on the road in the Six Nations while suffering a home loss at the Millennium Stadium against England. In their short summer tour, they took wins over Tonga and Samoa. They are a price of 17/10 at bet365 to pull of the home win. In the Wales v Australia head to head, there have been 40 previous matches and the Australians have won 29 of those and have drawn one. The Wallabies are currently on a record winning streak against the Welsh, having won each of their last twelve against them, a run stretching back to 28th November 2009. That's some pretty strong form them and Australia are 1/2 odds on favourites with Bet365 to win this game. Australia found New Zealand too much to handle in the Rugby Championship this year, losing both games against the All Blacks, while drawing their two matches against South Africa and winning both against Argentina. So in the 2017 calendar year, Australia have gone W6 D2 L3. Two of those defeats were against New Zealand as mentioned and the other was a shock loss at home in Sydney against Scotland in the summer, the Wallabies going down 19-24. But they do have the form against Wales and on their last visit to Wales, back on November 5th, 2016, they ran out easy 32-8 winners. They will have a battle on their hands but they will still be expecting to deliver a win. The Wallabies get Will Genia and Bernard Foley for the game, who both sat out their win over Japan last weekend. Australia beat the Japanese by 33 points, but they were under huge pressure at the breakdown with Japan doing a fantastic job of disrupting their play. Marika Koroibete goes as 8/1 bet365 First Try scorer favourite.

Honduras v Australia Predictions & Betting Odds – 10th October 2017

World Cup 2018 Betting
Honduras v Australia Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 Qualifiers 10th October Australia have already been through an AFC play off round to keep their World Cup qualification hopes alive and now they have to go into this inter-confederation tie against Honduras to try and get through to Russia next summer. Australia had their struggles in qualification from the AFC and they will have a tricky away game here against Honduras who only missed out on automatic qualification from CONCACAF only on goal difference.

Honduras v Australia Betting Tips

Honduras and Australia have a second chance at getting to the World Cup next summer. Honduras landed a 3-2 win over Mexico in their final CONCACAF qualifier and they were helped out by Trinidad and Tobago who pulled off a shock victory over the USA, which meant that Honduras overtook the USA for the play off spot. Subsequently, there will be no USA at Russia 2018. At home in their qualifiers, Honduras produced a W2 D2 L1 and they aren’t a side which looks a huge threat very often. They are ranked 69th in the world and in their qualifiers, they averaged just over a goal per game and just under two goals per game conceded. With no clean sheet at home, both teams to score at bet365 suddenly looks a bit of value at a price of 11/10. Honduras and Australia have never met before. Romell Quioto was the top scorer for the Central Americans in the group stage and he can be backed at 10/3 in the anytime goalscorer market. Honduras have played 23 games this calendar year which is a staggering amount and from it, they have gone W10 D7 L6 record in that sequence of games. Currently, they are four matches unbeaten and the only side to have beaten them in their last seven games is Mexico in the CONCACAF qualifiers. Australia are ranked 43rd in the world but they had to put in some hard work in qualification. With Japan topping their qualification group, Australia were nudged into third place on goal difference by Saudi Arabia. That was the play off spot which meant that the Socceroos had to play Syria, who were the third placed team from the other AFC group in a play off to get to the inter-confederation play off. After a 1-1 draw in Malaysia against Syria in the first leg of that play off, Australia needed extra time at home to win through thanks to veteran Tim Cahill popping up with a winner. It was hard work though. Away from home, Australia did struggle a bit as they went W1 D2 L2 and managed one clean sheet only. Former Everton man Tim Cahill, who scored both goals against Syria in the second leg of their play off, is a 15/4 anytime goalscorer, while Tomi Juric, who was their top scorer in the group stage, is a 9/4 option. In the bet365 correct score market, a 1-1 draw is in at a short 5/1 price. Australia have produced a W2 D3 L3 record in their last eight games and they were in competitive action in the summer at the Confederations Cup, losing against Germany and playing out 1-1 draws with Cameroon and Chile.

Honduras v Australia Betting Odds

Honduras Even Money, Draw 11/5, Australia 16/5

Honduras v Australia Predictions

Draw: The draw has some appeal in this one because the two of them look really evenly matched up. Honduras will be difficult to beat on home soil, and the Aussies haven’t been great travellers and therefore the 1-1 correct score has some appeal.