While a dozen or so nations will harbour genuine hopes of World Cup glory, for others it is a case of avoiding embarrassment – but that might be too much to ask of Australia, who look worthy favourites at 7/2 to concede the most goals in Brazil.
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Iran, Honduras and Algeria are similarly hoping to go home with their heads held high, but it is the Socceroos that should be backed to see their defence breached more times than any other country.
Australia have been handed a nightmare group.
If the Aussies were hopeful of emulating their best ever World Cup showing, reaching the second round in 2006 under Guus Hiddink, then December’s draw all but evaporated any optimism.
In Group C with Spain, Netherlands and Chile, Australia have next to no chance of qualifying for the last-16 and should yield to the attacking talents of their opponents.
Holland hit 32 goals in qualifying for the World Cup, with Chile netting 29 and Spain scoring 21 and all three have the firepower to punish Australia.
Their recent defensive record is poor in the extreme.
Australia’s build-up has been fraught with bad results and with coach Ange Postecoglou chopping and changing formations and personnel, Oz head to Brazil unsure of their first choice XI.
It has meant that the Socceroos have been on the end of some hammerings over the last 12 months, losing 6-0 to both Spain and Brazil, while conceding four goals to both China and Ecuador and three to Japan.
Australia tackle Group C with an inexperienced backline.
Australia have injuries at the back and will be forced into playing an unproven and youthful backline that looks ripe for picking off.
First-choice keeper Mathew Ryan and defenders Ivan Franjic, Jason David and Matthew Spiranovic boast just 38 caps between them and it looks a big ask to keep out their illustrious opponents.