Ante Milicic believes the Caltex Socceroos will benefit from a favourable schedule in a World Cup group that could be decided by fine margins.
Australia will meet heavyweights France on 16 June before completing its Group C engagements against Denmark on 21 June and Peru on 26 June.
While Les Bleus are favourites to advance on top, Milicic is encouraged by getting underway in Kazan - scene of the team's home base.
"I think we're satisfied. We have to be. Not so much with the opponents, we knew we would get a difficult group and it is," assistant coach Milicic told SBS' The World Game.
"But I think logistically it's a massive [bonus] for us. To kick off our first game in Kazan, where we're based, I think is going to be a good advantage for us coming into that first game.
"We finish off the third group game in Sochi and we're familiar with that stadium. We were just there recently for the Confederations Cup.
"But also if you look at the second group game against Denmark there's not a lot of travel in there as well.
"I think we've done okay in that department."
Handed what is regarded as a tough but manageable trio of opponents, Milicic expects the Caltex Soccceroos' squad will relish the challenge.
"The players will be excited I'm sure. They're a very close group and they've been waiting for this day," he said.
"They deserve to be here first and foremost. I'm sure they'll be ready."
Van Marwijk: Socceroos primed for must-win Peru clash
Bert van Marwijk says the Socceroos have the “physical power” to overcome any fatigue in Wednesday morning’s must-win clash against a “dangerous” Peru in Sochi. Australia faces Peru at 12am on Wednesday (AEST) - live on SBS and Optus Sport – knowing only a win will do if they
Press conference: van Marwijk and Ryan talk ahead of Peru clash
Socceroos boss Bert van Marwijk and goalkeeper Mat Ryan have fronted the official pre-match press conference ahead of Australia’s must-win Group C clash against Peru in Sochi on Wednesday morning (AEST). Australia need to beat the South Americans and then hope France defeats D
Vale Andrew Dettre: FFA saddened by loss of Hall of Fame inductee
Football Federation Australia (FFA) is saddened to learn of the passing of legendary football journalist Andrew Dettre this morning. Andrew Dettre was born in Hungary in 1926 and came to Australia in 1949. From 1963 to 1982 he was the editor of Soccer World, a national news
Juric backs front line to fire against Peru
Tomi Juric has forged a career out of taking chances. An AFC Champions League match-winner for Western Sydney Wanderers in 2014, difference-maker for the national side in the 2015 Asian Cup. On the eve of the Socceroos' biggest match in recent memory, the 26-year-old is on