Ex-Australia coach predicts Socceroos will get thrashed

WORLD CUP 2014

Former Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek said Australia were no hope of beating the Netherlands, wouldn't score a goal and had a defence that was vulnerable and inexperienced.

Dutchman Verbeek, who was axed as Australian coach after the 2010 World Cup in which the Socceroos failed to progress past the first round, saw nothing in the new generation of players wearing the green and gold that suggested an upset was on the cards.

Speaking to Dutch media at the World Cup and transcribed for footballcentral.com.au, Verbeek shot down any chance of the Australians having an impact in the match.

Asked who he thought would win, Verbeek said: "Oh, (Holland) will win this game, not a single doubt.

Pim Verbeek has written off the Australian team's chances. Photo: Vince Caligiuri

Pim Verbeek has written off the Australian team's chances. Photo: Vince Caligiuri

"I don't see any possibility that Australia will score a goal against the Netherlands."

Verbeek said the Socceroos' defence was a major concern.

"(Holland) should go for an extra attacker. We have to attack from the flanks, but also through the middle. (Australia are) so inexperienced at the back," he said.

"They are very vulnerable at the back. So I think we'll score at least three goals."

Australia's inexperience in defence - the back four against Chile in their World Cup opener had less that 40 national caps - has been exacerbated by the injury-induced withdrawal of Ivan Franjic.

The Socceroos will play the Netherlands, fresh off a 5-1 thrashing of their 2010 World Cup final conquerors Spain, at 2am (AEST) in Porto Alegre.

AAP

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