Australia vs England: Hosts Too Much to Handle in Curtain Raiser?
Playing in a home World Cup is never easy, but if anyone can cope with the added demands and pressure, it is Australia. Opening up the tournament against Wayne Bennett’s England for the second World Cup in a row, the Kangaroos will be looking to get off to the best possible start in Melbourne on Friday, October 27 – and it would take a brave man to back against the defending champions.
Australia head coach Mal Meninga led his side to World Cup glory on English soil in 2013 and the Kangaroos stand a very good chance of retaining their crown this year. Four years ago, they were rampant; scoring more points than their rivals, conceding fewer points and tries than their rivals and racking up plenty of possession.
The Kangaroos emerged victorious in the opener in 2013 and a similar result looks likely here. On that day, Australia scored 28 points but Meninga’s men could go for the throat in Friday’s contest. Retaining the World Cup is the number one objective but the hosts will be looking to impress and entertain their supporters whilst doing so.
Winning the opener is always important but it is even more so this year. Defeat here would almost certainly see Australia face New Zealand in Auckland in the semi-finals and while the Kangaroos would arguably head into the contest as favourites, they would prefer to avoid a trip to New Zealand. Beating Wayne Bennett’s side should secure home advantage.
Betfair are going $1.11 for an Australia win and it is easy to see why. England are strong but beating Australia in Australia is no straightforward feat by any means. An opening victory for the hosts will help to settle a few nerves and another World Cup triumph looks likely if Australia can emulate their scintillating 2013 performance.
England are $6.50 for the shock triumph here if you fancy taking advantage of one of the best free bet offers here at BettingTop10, but plenty of punters will fancy Australia to go on and win the World Cup crown. Can anyone stop the Kangaroos?