Most people are likely to be fast asleep when Australia's World Cup destiny is decided on Saturday morning. With Brazil half a world away, the broadcast of the World Cup draw will occur in the early hours of the morning, ensuring only the keenest fans, or those who make a big night of it and forgo sleep, will be watching.
The fear is that Ange Postecoglou's team will end up in a so-called ''group of death'' against a clutch of European and South American superpowers. The reality is that for Australia - the lowest-ranked side in the tournament - any group could be the group of death.
The Socceroos are not as bad as the shambles that succumbed in heavy losses to Brazil and France in September and October, defeats that cost Holger Osieck his job.
But they are not the sort of side that any of the other coaches will look at and hope they can avoid.
The grim reality is that most top-level nations - except probably England, for a host of cultural or historical reasons, and maybe Croatia, on similar grounds - would rather hope the Socceroos do come up in their group.
They would, on paper, represent far less of a threat than some of the other Asian sides (such as Japan or South Korea) or a number of the Central and North American nations (the US and Mexico, in particular) that could emerge from pot three, in which Australia sits.
Australia will, of course, revel in its traditional underdog role, something it has forgotten in recent years as it rose in status in Asia. A World Cup is like no other competition, so no matter how badly Australia did against France and Brazil it won't perform so poorly again.
Postecoglou has spoken about playing with pride and passion, commitment and flair, and he seemed to inculcate those virtues into his first selection last month when Australia saw off Costa Rica 1-0 in Sydney.
But if Australia is to be competitive it will need all of those qualities: organisation, determination and structure will be paramount.
Postecoglou has said he does not want to emulate New Zealand, which famously ''parked the bus'' in South Africa and ended up with three draws in its group matches against Paraguay, Slovakia and Italy. New Zealand went home the only undefeated team in the competition, but it didn't make it out of the group and its feats, while they did temporarily enhance the reputation of the All Whites, are now more likely to see them recalled as the answer to a trivia question.
It is a difficult balance for the rookie coach. Grim determination and clinging on for a desperate draw against the likes of Switzerland or Belgium is not likely to win many friends at home, where the Socceroos remain the poster boys for the sport and a huge driver of its marketing, sponsorship and brand. But too cavalier an attitude can also rebound.
While those who are dyed-in-the-wool fans might be happy to see Australia carried out on its sword if it is drawn against Germany and goes down to a heavy defeat, there are still plenty of knockers and those who would be happy to take pot shots if the Socceroos were easybeats.
Rather than worry about the draw, who Australia is facing and the prospects of embarrassment, supporters should celebrate the fact that the Socceroos are at the biggest party in world sport for the third time in a row.
Only 32 countries make the World Cup and there are plenty of nations with a proud soccer history - and big name players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gareth Bale - that won't compete in the country that is synonymous with the beautiful game.
Getting there should be regarded as an achievement, as Australia should now realise after that star-crossed path to Brazil when qualification was only secured in the final 10 minutes of the last group qualifying game, against Iraq.
It is only likely to get harder in the future as the Asian region grows in strength, and countries in soccer's emerging world continue to pump investment into junior development and high grade coaching.
So go to bed on Friday night and dare to dream. If we are lucky we might get the group of fate: maybe England, Uruguay and Greece. Colonial history, soccer history and cultural links all in one three-game section: that's why they call it the World Cup.