Holland v Denmark Best Odds, Tips and Recommendations

13th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
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Is The Future Bright For Oranje?

With Germany laying down the fiercest intent form a European nation at the 2010 FIFA World Cup so far, next to step up to the plate, is one of the most in form nations in World soccer, the Netherlands. Holland start their World Cup with a match against Denmark, in what many expect to be a lot of one way traffic heading towards the Danish net. That is simply down to the impressive qualification the Dutch had, and their free scoring during their warm up matches, which included trouncing Ghana and Hungary. While the Oranje are clearly the favourites to win this match and their group, there are signs that Denmark could put up some stern resistance if they bring their top game to the field. Of all the things said about the Dutch, of all the superlatives spouted forth about their style of play, they have always fallen short when it comes to tournament football. With their excellent form (having not been beaten since 2008), can the Dutch finally put a string of disappointments behind them and mount a serious and consistent challenge for the World Cup this time around? If they are to do so, then they can announce their intent with a solid win over Denmark.

The Dutch side is a star studded one, but one of their in form players, Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben, won’t be taking part on Monday. The winger has been declared fit enough to take part in the World Cup at some point, and joined up late with the squad in South Africa. Robben picked up an injury to his hamstring in a warm up match, with doubts being raised over his ability to take part in the tournament. He seems to have enacted a miraculous recovery though, and coach Bert van Marwijk will look forward to his return, but won’t risk him unnecessarily. When you can call up Real Madrid’s Rafael van der Vaart as a straight replacement, then you can’t be in too much of dire straits. Can Holland turn their beautiful game into beautiful success? Too often they have come out of the blocks quickly, and that crashed after being over confident and arrogant. There is a swagger about the team, highlighted by Robben’s injury picked up by doing an unnecessary back heel trick pass, and their opponents will look to use that against them. If there is one weakness with the Dutch, then it will be their over confidence in the big pressure matches. But Marwijk has been trying to drill that out of them at camp, and will his wise words have an all important lasting impression on the current Dutch side. They have suffered two semi final heartbreaks in World Cup history, but can they go at least one step further?

Danish Dynamite Looking for Alternative Sparks To Ignite

Truth be told, because Denmark cannot put out their starting eleven, coach Morten Olsen may see his side struggle. What the Danes will bring to the World Cup table though, is organisation and strength in team work. They will know that they have not got the star ability to compete on an even keel with the Dutch in terms of attacking flair and individual brilliance, but their cohesion as a team could get them through, if they can hold out long enough and the Dutch start to lose their composure. This match should have been a fascinating battle for supremacy between two Arsenal strikers, with Holland’s Robin Van Persie going up against Denmark’s Nicklas Bendtner. But the Danes will have to make do without their young star striker who is recovering from a groin strain. The full fitness status of goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen (who hurt his elbow at the end of the Premier League season) is still in doubt, and that could hurt them a lot of he is not quite ready. Sorensen is their number one choice, and will probably be thrown in, as he is an incredibly safe pair of hands behind the back line.

The Danes will put out an organised defence none the less, led by Liverpool’s Daniel Agger, even though they have more players in the treatment room, unable to take part in their opener. Olsen will also have to find a way to inspire his side, who did finish top of their European qualification group ahead of Portugal, as their preparations have not gone to well. Denmark lost to World Cup minnows South Africa and Australia as part of their build up, failing to find the back of the net on each occasion. But one thing Olsen can call upon, is Denmark’s decent record against Holland in tournament football. Five times they have encountered each other, with the head to head equal at two wins each and one drawn match. Out of all the star studded teams at the World Cup, such as Spain, Brazil and Argentina, it could be the humble Danes who cause Holland problems. The Danes will know the Dutch quite well, with several of the squad plying their trade in the Dutch top flight. For some reason there is a quiet confidence around the Danish camp, that they have the tools to stop Holland, before the mighty Oranje can even get going in the tournament. But the Dutch, having seen fierce rivals Germany fire four past Australia, will, in their arrogant way, want to emulate them.

Holland v Denmark Betting Odds and Stats

Last 5 Matches
Holland 6, Hungary 1
Holland 4, Ghana 1
Holland 2, Mexico 1
Holland 2, USA 1
Holland 0, Paraguay 0

South Africa 1, Denmark 0
Denmark 0, Australia 1
Denmark 2, Senegal 0
Austria 2, Denmark 1
Denmark 3, USA 1

Last 5 Match Goals

Holland: 14 For, 4 Against
Denmark: 5 For, 5 Against

Recent Stats

Holland: P50, W33, D12, L5 with a 66.0% win percentage
Denmark: P50, W24, D13, L13 with a 48.0% win percentage

World Cup Stats

Holland: P36, W16, D10, L10, GF59, GA38
Denmark: P13, W7, D2, L4, GF24, GA18

Last 10 Match Form


Match Odds
Holland to win: 8/15 at Bet365
Draw: 10/3 at Victor Chandler
Denmark to win: 6/1 at Ladbrokes

Asian Handicap Betting Tip:
The Danes will be organised and tough for a lot of teams to break down, and they have some decent quality up front. Nevertheless, the Dutch have much sharper tools, and their incredible creativity should be able to break through the most resistant of teams. The Dutch are an interesting side to watch. They should win their group at a canter, and be a major threat throughout the tournament. Will they hit the wall though at some point and crash, as they inevitably do? It should not be in this match. Can’t really beat the value of Holland -1 for Evens at Paddy Power.

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