Denmark look to Sorensen fitness for World Cup Fixtures

19th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Stoke and Denmark first choice, Tomas Sorensen, is one of four goalkeepers named for the Danes in their provisional squad. There is still doubt about whether Sorenson will be fit enough or not to go take part in the World Cup, after picking up an elbow injury in a Barclays Premier League match against Chelsea, which his club lost 7-0. It was an accidental collision with Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker Salomon Kalou which Sorensen picked up the injury, but Denmark boss Morten Olsen still was keen to draft his number one keeper into the provisional fold of 26 players. Sorensen was a key factor in the progress Denmark made through their qualification campaign to reach South Africa 2010, and Olsen is banking on his first choice regaining full fitness. Of the European teams participating in World Cup 2010 Denmark may not be attracting a lot of betting attention, but they may well be worth casting an eye over.

Sorenson himself remains optimistic that he will recover in time, despite his dislocation. Denmark start their World Cup fixtures against Holland, which is a fixture in which one would expect the Danish defence to come under a great deal of scrutiny. Soresen’s presence would instil a lot of confidence in the rear guard for the match which is being played on June 14th. But Olsen has to cut his side down to the regulation 23 man squad at the beginning of June, so Sorensen is in a race against time. There will be a fine balance between building up strength in the arm and not overdoing it in a rush to be fit. After missing out on the last World Cup Denmark are back and ready to take every chance that comes their way. Fortified with strength and a disciplined approach to tactics, Denmark have the potential to be a surprise package of South Africa 2010, something which would be made stronger with the full fitness of Sorensen.

But while betting on Denmark at the World Cup will be influenced by their defensive duties, the Danes do carry some threat going forward, with the five strikers named in the squad. These are five quality attackers in the ranks, which could cause a big threat to their group opponents of Holland, Japan and Cameroon. Ex Chelsea star Jesper Gronkjaer is one of the five main attacking threats, along with Jon Dahl Tomasson, Soren Larsen, Dennis Rommedahl and Nicklas Bendtner, upon whose shoulders, most of the attacking threat from Denmark will be carried. There is a lot of experience in the forward  ranks for Denmark and that could give them the edge in a group, in which second spot is expected to be contested between Denmark and Cameroon.

Soren Larsen was Denmark’s top scorer as they won their qualification group, but with Bendtner finding his feet again at the end of Arsenal’s domestic season following injury, there is a lot of promise and perhaps some attacking surprises to come from Denmark, other than the expected counter attacking game. Denmark do like to keep things tight, and they will rely on their team spirit to get them through to the knockout stages of the World Cup. It is that spirit of being ready to fight for each other that could prove to be the extra strength that the Danes need in order to get out of the group stage. They showed in the qualifiers, in which they beat out Sweden and Portugal, that they have the strength and stability to both fight and play their way through tough tasks.

Denmark Provisional Squad:
Goalkeepers: Jesper Christiansen, Kim Christensen, Stephan Andersen, Thomas Sorensen
Defenders: Daniel Agger, Lars Jacobsen, Patrick Mtiliga, Per Kroldrup, Simon Busk Poulsen, Simon Kjaer, William Kvist
Midfielders: Christian Poulsen, Christian Eriksen, Daniel Jensen, Jakob Poulsen, Michael Silberbauer, Mikkel Beckmann, Thomas Enevoldsen, Thomas Kahlenberg, Dennis Rommedahl, Jesper Gronkjaer, Jon Dahl Tomasson, Martin Jorgensen
Forwards: Michael Krohn-Dehli, Nicklas Bendtner, Soren Larsen


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