Australia takes on Serbia in a ‘do-or-die’ Group D match of World Cup 2010 today (23 June). Both teams would like to win the affair, and thus, securing a place in the next stage of the tournament. Moreover, the result of this match could have an effect on the two other members of the group: Germany and Ghana. The most important thing is that all four teams have the opportunity to get into the Round of 16.
Ghana leads the point table with 4 points to their credit followed by Germany, Serbia and Australia with 3, 3 and 1 point respectively. A win for Serbia would see them go through to the knock out stage with 6 points, while a draw would keep their hopes hanging in the balance. If Serbia draws with Australia, they would have to hope for a German defeat to Ghana. However, Serbia would not stand a chance with a defeat to Australia.
Australia started their World Cup campaign on a disastrous note after losing the opening game 4-0 to Germany. However, the Socceroos bounced back in the second match to draw with Ghana. Now, with 1 point they stand at the bottom of the point table, but a win over Serbia could still give them a place in the last 16. Defeating Serbia in their last match, Australia would need to hope that Germany loses against Ghana.
It would be very tough to predict who between Serbia and Australia would win. Australia is missing Tim Cahill though suspension and it is a big blow for them. Serbia would be full of confident after defeating Germany in the previous match. So, it seems Serbia has a slight edge over Australia in terms of confidence.