Holland v Cameroon Preview: Tips & Betting Odds – Thursday, 25th June (Group E)
Holland v Cameroon Betting Odds
Holland should look to push forward for another three points which should see them through qualification with a 100% record. It is exactly what they did in their European qualification group to reach the 2010 World Cup finals, and that is why they remain a good World Cup betting option. Coach Bert Van Marwijk has built a side which is capable of going on and reaching at least the semi finals. What will be at the back of the mind of the coach, the players and the fans, is the countless times they have failed at the big occasion. They are generally a strong team during the group stages of the World Cup, but when the pressure starts mounting even more through the latter stages of the tournament, then they become rattled, and usually fall, even when they have been looking in great form. Van Marwijk will try and keep and understated, yet efficient state of progression through the tournament, and will be keen to talk down their chances in order to keep their feet on the ground. They are packed with talent up front and are able to build comfortably from the back because of how solid they look back there. They have not conceded a goal yet, and have looked as is there is still more to come from the men in orange.
Van Marwijk himself expects more his team, saying that there is room for improvement, despite the two wins. One of the main things which he will be looking for, is perhaps a little more precision in front of goal. He will be boosted when Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben makes his return to the side, which could happen in the Cameroon match. Robben, who injured himself in a friendly against Hungary just before the World Cup, was allowed to say when he felt he was fully fit again. He has done so, and now the decision of how much to use him will be down to Van Marwijk. Holland need a draw to guarantee top spot in Group E, and Van Marwijk may change up the side a little bit in order to rest players, so he may decide not to risk Robben at all, saving him for the last sixteen. Holland a three point cushion at the top of Group E, with the two teams behind them playing each other. Holland should be able to rest fairly comfortably, but the interesting thing to see, is who will be their opponents from Group F, as there is a scenario in which it could be Italy. But first, there may not be a need for a comprehensive goal rout by Holland, but Van Marwijk will want to see the composure and ruthless streak that Holland have continue against the downtrodden Cameroon.
Holland World Cup 2010 Stats
Played: W2, D0, L0
Cards: Y3, R0
Most Shots: Wesley Sneijder, 7
Top Scorer: Wesley Sneijder, Dirk Kuyt, 1
Shots/On Goal: 27/12
Fouls Committed: 31
Total Passes: 1239
Pass Completion: 79%
The Indomitable Lions have had a miserable World Cup. First star striker Samuel Eto’o considered not taking part because of criticism over him by former player Roger Milla, and then they go and lose their opening two matches. Cameroon were eliminated after their second match, and that will be a huge disappointment, but probably not one that was unexpected by studious onlookers of World Cup Betting. They did not look to have the right weapons coming into the tournament to upset Holland, and that left them already in a race for second place. The opening fixture for Paul Le Guen’s men, in which they lost to Japan 1-0, really dealt them a harsh blow of reality. They simply are not good enough. They failed to impress at all at the African Cup of Nations, and lingering at the bottom of World Cup Group E, they have nothing left to play for except pride. Despite their problems, they were expected to put up a little bit more of a fight on African soil, but they have fallen short. Despite taking the lead against Denmark in their second match, they fell apart once the Danes started to press forward, exposing the lack of quality throughout the Cameroon side. What Le Guen does next is a mystery, as the side looks as if it needs a complete overhaul. The truth is, is that they have played their own way out of contention, and things are not looking for them. Can they muster one last roar before they exit the competition, or will they simply bow out with their tails between their legs?
Cameroon World Cup 2010 Stats
Played: W0, D0, L2
Cards: Y3, R0
Most Shots: Achille Emana, 7
Top Scorer: Samuel Eto’o, 1
Shots/On Goal: 34/12
Fouls Committed: 38
Total Passes: 1040
Pass Completion: 74%
Asian Handicap Betting Tip: Holland will be fancied to win this, in one of the final group matches which does not carry a lot of significance. Holland may change their personnel a bit, but should still be stronger that the Cameroon side who must be lacking a lot of self belief and confidence. Holland are not short of either of those two things, and their beautiful football should be able to carve open the African nation with some ease, and should be at least a couple of goals better than their opponents.
Holland -0.75 for 11/10 at Bet365
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