2010 FIFA World Cup Group E Betting and Fixtures

7th April 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
World Cup Betting & Odds

Group E World Cup Betting Preview: The Netherlands are strong stand out favourites in this group, but the chasing pack in the odds, are all capable of claiming second place in this tight group.

World Cup Teams: Holland, Denmark, Japan, Cameroon

Holland were drawn in the one smaller qualification group in the European Zone, which meant they didn’t quite have so much work to do to reach the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Their cause was further boosted by being drawn against opposition that were always going to have a hard time matching them, and indeed, the Dutch qualified with a 100% record. This is, perhaps, one thing which will cause hesitation when betting on the Netherlands at the World Cup, as they have not really flexed their muscles against top sides. They are on a long unbeaten run, and should be a force to be reckoned with in South Africa all the same. The Dutch are a good passing side, and beat the United States comfortably in the last round of international friendlies. With stars like Arjen Robben, Klaas Huntellar, Van Der Vaart, Dirk Kuyt and Wesley Sneijder, Holland possess great ball control as well as an eye for goal when it matters. They netted seventeen times in their eight qualification matches, conceding just the two. The Netherlands are a great price to win the World Cup outright, and while the faces will have changed, the old Dutch philosophy of producing attractive football remains in place. Quite what they will do when they come up against tougher opposition remains to be seen, but they have a lot to make amends for after being so disappointing at the 2006 World Cup when they lost to Portugal in the last sixteen. A country which has always provided a lot of flair, with their total football approach, they have yet to get their hands on the trophy. Denmark are not one of the glamour nations from the European zone, but they really stepped up their game during qualification. In an excitingly tense group with Sweden and Portugal, Denmark won the day thanks to a 1-0 victory over rivals Sweden in the penultimate game. They proved their mettle with a win and a draw over Portugal, who were favourites to win their group, and only lost one match during qualification, a one-nil defeat to Hungary in their last match. Certainly not as full of household star names as Holland, but two stand out players, upon which a lot of their success will be resting upon the shoulders of, are Soren Larsen (who is a race against time to be fit) and Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner. Not the strongest team in defence, and not the strongest team in offence either, Denmark are one of those awkward European teams, against which, ranked teams do not always fancy playing. They could prove to be really stubborn in these World Cup Fixtures and push hard for second place. They are a good stable side, with experience coming from their players plying their trade around Europe, and are a good enough standard to make second place in Group E, a tough battle. Asian representatives Japan, who had the honour of being the first nation to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, will be looking to make headway to the last sixteen of the tournament. They will have ambitions with their rebuilt, yet just as enterprising side, and have proven before to bring some great entertainment to the World Stage with their attacking play. They will have the speed which will cause problems to teams, and it will be a test of how far they have come in their efforts to showcase Asian football. Japan endured a miserable 2006 World Cup in Germany, when they lost all three of their group matches against Brazil, Australia and Croatia. This is their fifth consecutive World Cup, with their best showing coming in 2002 when they reached the last sixteen. If they carry through qualifying form, they can push for second, but Denmark and Cameroon will fancy their chances against them. African nation Cameroon have fallen from their heady days of reaching the quarter finals, and were disappointing along with the Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations this year. They do have touches of star quality in the likes of Samuel Eto’o, and if they can get things going, and get some confidence up from their first fixture against Japan, they could be a good bet for second place. Their opening match against Japan could be the crucial match for them, and could make or break the Lions’ hopes of making the last 16. With Paul Le Guen at the helm they have experience, and just need to put things together. A little unpredictable, but can provide a lot of African flair on their home continent.

Group E Betting Stats (World Cup History form in brackets)

(Final outcomes of Golden Goal, Extra Time and Penalty Shoot Out results count as wins or losses)

Netherlands: One of the great sides to watch throughout World Cup history, either for their approach to the beautiful game, or their unpredictable losses at crucial times. Virgin territory for Holland against all three opponents, as they have not played any of them before in the World Cup. (P36, W16, D9, L11)

Denmark: Best result for Denmark out of their three previous World Cups, was a Quarter Final exit against Brazil in 1998. Haven’t played any of their Group E opponents at the World Cup before. Quite a decent record though. (P13, W7, D2, L4)

Cameroon: Good chance of getting out of the Group, but not the strongest of the African sides, and didn’t perform great at the African Cup of Nations. They will need a little more confidence and direction from a sharp start, and they do have the experience of five previous World Cups. Out of those, they only made it past the first stage in 1990, where England beat them in the Quarter Finals. No tournament history against the other teams. (P17, W4, D7, L6)

Japan: Mixed signals from Japan, and this will be a test of how well the rebuild has gone. Not a great history in the World Cup, and they will be looking to improve against teams they have not encountered before in the competition. (P10, W2, D2, L6)

 

World Cup Group E - Table

Rank Team Matches / Points
1 Holland 3 Matches / 9 Points
2 Japan 3 Matches / 6 Points
3 Denmark 3 Matches / 3 Points
4 Cameroon 3 Matches / 0 Points

Group Stage Fixture List

 

 

World Cup Betting at SkyBet for Outright Winner of Group E, has Denmark at 4/1, Cameroon at 4/1, Japan at 8/1 and Holland are favourites at 4/6 (and 12/1 to Win the World Cup Outright).




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