With five goals in 10 World Cup qualifying appearances, Australia's Josh Kennedy will take up the striker's role for what will be his third consecutive visit to the Word Cup finals. Part of the squad for both the 2006 and 2010 editions, Kennedy will be Australia's main focus in front of goal and potentially the strongest betting tip in individual goalscorer markets should his performances pay out his longer odds.
Kennedy began playing junior football in near his hometown of Yackandandah in Victoria, Australia, playing for Twin City Wanderers and SS&A Boomers before a scholarship place in the Australian Institute of Sport program lead him towards a professional contract at new National Soccer League club Carlton in 1999.
His talents were displayed at an early age with AIS, moving to Europe with Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg in 2000 and netting two goals from just eight starts before a transfer to regular appearances with Regionalliga Süd side, Stuttgarter Kickers.
Kennedy left for Cologne a season later to Bundesliga side FC Köln, enduring reserve team football where he shone with nine goals in 23 games before moving to Dynamo Dresden for a 60-game spell between 2004-2006, with 16 gals heading the Victorian's way.
His next spell at FC Nürnberg was initially blighted by a ruptured right achilles tendon, a subsequent season with Karlsruher SC seeing seven goals amid controversy as he wanted to leave the club earlier, soon heading to Nagoya Grampus in 2009.
Since then he has proved influential with a total of 63 goals in 128 appearances, claiming the League Division 1 in 2010 and Japanese Super Cup a year later, ending as top scorer of the league in both campaigns.
Kennedy's first international cap came against Liechtenstein in 2006 and was the scene of his first goal for the national side with a headed effort, the Australian now settled on 17 goals from 33 starts for his country.
Kennedy also made his mark in 10 World Cup qualifiers for Australia in preparation for the 2014 tournament, scoring five goals during that period.
Josh Kennedy World Cup betting tips
The striker will join Tim Cahill as Australia's main two to watch, needing to strike early to cause a big upset in the difficult Group B fixtures against Spain, Chile and the Netherlands. Cahill's added experience and more documented career gives Kennedy longer betting odds to profit from, with the 31-old main striker potentially more likely to score than his attacking partner.