Holland V Denmark Preview: Monday, 14th June (Group E)

12th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
World Cup Previews & Predictions

 

Holland V Denmark

Kick-off: Monday, 14th June – 12:30 GMT
Stadium: Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg
Referee: Stephane Lannoy (France)
Group E

 

Holland

Holland have always been prominent in the Ante-Post markets before ever major final, always boasting an embarrassment of riches. But the Dutch have yet to win a World Cup, leaving it open to debate that Holland are the best footballing nation never to have won a FIFA World Cup. We would find it hard to disagree with that statement but believe 2010 could very well be their year. They’ve been placed in a gift of a group – Group E – alongside Japan, Cameroon and Denmark. Dare we say it but it should be a walk in the park for our Dutch friends, who will have plenty of support from the locals.

The Dutch have been all the rage in the outright market, surging in from around the 16/1 mark right into a general 9/1. Should Holland somehow win their first ever World Cup title, the bookies would receive a bit of a spanking it would seem. But isn’t this how it always goes? It begins with positivity, the sight of the Dutch squad leading to many a punter dipping their hands into their pockets and backing one of the more potent attacking forces in the world only to see them begin with a flurry of impressive performance before the inevitable car crash. Take two years ago, for instance, at the 2008 EURO’s. Holland were the team to beat after the group stage, smashing their way through a group deemed the ‘Group of Death’ by some before falling by the wayside in the knock-outs to Russia.

It’s important we take each game as it comes and for Holland they should fly through each of their three group encounters, starting with the toughest of the lot against Denmark. The problem is Holland may have already peaked, as during their pre-World Cup warm up games they thrashed Ghana (4-1) and Hungary (6-1), scoring ten goals in just two internationals, and comfortably seen of Mexico despite the unconvincing 2-1 scoreline. Preparation for the finals have been spot-on, one of the reasons why Holland have had so many friends in the outright market, but punters should be wary as Holland often peak to early and rarely sustain their high energy displays for the majority of the tournament.

News that Arjen Robben is apparently fit enough to start against Denmark is positive, although we don’t for one minute expect Robben to feature from the off. Coach Van Marwijk has a host of ready-made replacements – Rafael Van Der Vaart, Elia, Ryan Babel, Afellay –  so there is no need to risk one of their stars players, a player which could very well provide influential and decisive later on in the tournament. In fairness, Holland should despatch of Denmark without too much fuss. Granted their defence still has some flaws, as per usual with Holland, but their attack is so lethal and ruthless that it’s hard to contemplate anything other than a Holland victory.

 

Denmark

Denmark arrive in South Africa on merit, having fended off the challenges from Portugal, Sweden and Hungary as they topped Group A in the European sector. The fact they finished above some World Cup regulars stands them in good stead in Group E. A group the Danes will fancy their chances of breaking free from but will need to repel the Dutch if they are to make the perfect start to their South African adventure.

For all you Danish supporters out there, news that two key players are seemingly winning their fitness battles should breathe confidence and optimism ahead of their tough Group E opener with Holland. Goalkeeper Thomas Sorenson dislocated his elbow when playing for Stoke City just weeks before the close of the season and while he seems to be on the mend, Sorenson hasn’t played a competitive game for over two months. Nicklas Bendnter, a player with a bright future according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, has been recovering from a groin injury but the news inside the camp reveals that Bendnter could even be fit enough to face Holland.

If Denmark fans seek inspiration this summer than they should look in the direction of France ’98 when they surprised everyone with their progress, with the famous Laudrup brothers taking Denmark into the quarter-finals for the first time in their history. However, in 2006 Denmark didn’t even qualify for the finals and many will feel the Danish team owe their supporters a lot after missing out four years ago.

Holland’s biggest assets lye in the final third of the pitch and it’s down to the likes of Daniel Agger, Lars Jacobsen and Simon Kjaer to keep the Dutch at bay. That sounds an awful lot easier in theory, putting it into practice will be difficult, impossible if you ask me. Coach Morten Olson will be relying on Nicklas Bendnter firing at the other end of the pitch as the likelihood of Holland drawing blank looks slim.

 

Match Odds:

Holland – 1.57 Boylesports
Draw – 4.00 Bet365
Denmark – 7.00 VCbet

 

Our Prediction: Holland to WIN – 1.57 Boylesports

Holland are our idea of the outright winner, with their ability to over-power teams in the final third the main reason why we see Holland as a personal favourite and a certainty to make the knock-outs. Considering this is the first game of the group, you could perhaps be forgiven for thinking Denmark are playing the Dutch at the best possible time, as in previous tournaments Holland have got stronger and stronger with each passing group encounter. Nevertheless, we don’t see Denmark matching Holland’s forward wrath.

Our Recommended Bet: Robin Van Persie FGS – 5.00 SkyBet




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