Wales will be looking to build on their win against Northern Ireland when they take on Australia at Cardiff City Stadium on Wednesday.
Gary Speed’s side recorded their first victory in seven games against Nigel Worthington’s men in May, although they are unlikely to find things as easy against Australia.
While Wales are ranked a lowly 112 in the Fifa World Rankings, Australia lie in 23rd position.
As such, they have rightly been installed as 13/10 favourites to win the match, with a Wales victory priced at 37/20 and a draw at 47/20.
However, Cardiff City striker Robert Earnshaw believes Wales’ position in the rankings is false and insists his country are significantly better than their place in the world order suggests.
“I think the rankings are fake. They don’t tell the truth,” he commented.
“It’s a piece of paper that says we are in this position but if you look at the squad we are nowhere near that.”
With Wales able to call on the likes of Craig Bellamy, Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, Earnshaw believes they are capable of competing with the likes of Australia and England and is looking forward to putting this theory to the test on Wednesday.
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However, it is not only Wales who are able to call on established Premier League players, with Australia’s team also populated by names familiar to many in the UK.
Mark Schwarzer, Tim Cahill, Brett Emerton and Lucas Neil are all in the Socceroos’ squad, along with the likes of Crystal Palace’s Mile Jedinak.
All bar Cahill were involved in their country’s 2-1 away success over Germany recently, and while opposition coach Joachim Loew chose to experiment rather than play a full-strength team, the result nevertheless gives an indication of Australia’s quality.
Further evidence of this comes with the news that Australia have conceded just two goals in their last six matches, while Wales have failed to find the back of the net in three of their last six games.
With this in mind, a bet on Wales not scoring against the Socceroos could pay dividends at odds of 33/20.
Alternatively, punters could bet on both sides failing to score in the match at odds of 17/20.
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