Holland v Japan Best Odds, Tips and Recommendations

17th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
World Cup Previews & Predictions

Holland look to affirm World Cup Betting Odds with second victory

One of the most in form teams in the World, Holland, will look to book themselves a place in the second round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, by taking three points off Japan on Saturday. The Netherlands opened their account with a comfortable 2-0 victory of the defensive minded Denmark, and on display were the slick passing moves that have pushed Holland up near the top of World Cup betting odds. They were not quite as efficient as had been expected, if you are looking at the match with a critical eye, but still, it was more than enough to get them over the line against Denmark. One thing which will help the Dutch, is that they should be able to comfortably build momentum, even though they came into the tournament on the back of some great form. They have traditionally been the side which blew it on the big occasion, the nation which has far too often crumbled when they are the threshold of achieving something big. Now, however, things look a little different, as coach Bert Van Marwijk has been pressing home the need for the Dutch to remain calm and go about their business with their feet on the ground. Holland still have the capacity to play some of the most attractive football at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, as their pace and movement is something to be admired. But they have ran into walls when they have had to dig deep and scrap it out in physical games. Even though the Danes sat back against, the Dutch had enough guile to break them down, but they will face much more difficult tasks.

Next on the menu for Holland, are the Japanese, which will pose a whole different type of opposition than the Danish. Japan will probably play a bit more of an open match, and will have more pace than the Danish. That actually sounds like a recipe for disaster against the Dutch, who can pass any team off the pitch. A place in the second round is at steak, and as expected, Holland really should push on and win the group with ease. So strong have the Dutch been backed lately, that bookmakers have consistently been cutting their odds as outright winners of the tournament. There is the possibility that Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben will get a run out against Japan as he continues his rehabilitation from what seemed a tournament threatening injury. His replacement, Rafael van der Vaart did not really hit the spot against Holland, and Robben, who has had an amazing season, would be welcomed back. Playing at full speed and full potential will sit up and make any participating in the 2010 FIFA World take notice. They were graced with a pretty easy group by their standards, and with Wesley Sneijder pulling the strings in midfield, the Dutch should continue to look strong, collected and untroubled as they head towards the second round.

Holland World Cup Betting:
Should Holland, now they will have gotten any first match nerves out of the way, win comfortably? Yes. They will have seen Germany and Argentina enjoy goal fests, and there is no reason why the Dutch can’t do it against Japan, who are not the force they used to be. Holland to win by 3 goals or more at decently priced at 7/2 at SkyBet, while Holland to win by 2 goals is a decent 10/3 at Bet365. If you fancy Robin van Persie to get in amongst the scoring, then he is 21/20 at Bet365 as an anytime scorer. Dirk Kuyt is also nicely priced at 2/1 with Bet365. Looking at the tournament as whole, Holland are 9/1 at Bet365 to win the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Holland Asian Handicap Betting Tip: A comfortable -1 is 9/10 at Bet365, as Holland will be expected to win by at least one goal.

Holland World Cup 2010 Stats
Played: P1, W1, D0, L0
GF/GA: 2/0
Cards: Y2, R0
Most Shots: Two Players, 2
Top Scorer: Dirk Kuyt, 1
Shots/On Goal: 18/7
Fouls Committed: 13
Total Passes: 576
Pass Completion: 80%
Last 5 Form: WWWWW
 

Blue Samurai exceeding expectations

The Blue Samurai will have been immensely delighted with their three points earned against Cameroon in their first match. Japan ran out 1-0 winners, with a goal from midfielder Keisuke Honda, but while they took the three points, the game still raised enough questions to suggest that Japan really to pick up their game if they are going to get anything out of Holland. With their first three points in the bag, Japan will probably go into this match without much pressure on their shoulders, as they will not be expected to win. There were doubts whether they would even be able to take anything off a Cameroon side which are lacking in confidence and ability. But the Blue Samurai showed an unexpected turn of pace, which resulted in a spirited performance. With a final game to come against Denmark, who are not an expansive side, Japan will still be fairly confident on pushing on to the second round. They were not expected too at the beginning of the tournament, as they have undergone quite a transitional period, with their golden generation having passed on. They are a nation in rebuild mode, and that means there was not the expectation of quality from Japan. But they dug deep enough to beat Cameroon in an evenly contested match, and now, if they can steal an unlikely point against the Netherlands, they will have already had a successful 2010 FIFA World Cup. But they will have to be tighter, and keep the ball better if they are to go anyway in matching the Dutch.

Japan World Cup betting: The Blue Samurai are not expected to take anything from Holland in this match, with the Dutch clear outright favourites in the match. Realistically the best that Japan could hope for would be a draw, and that would be the best way to go in your betting with them. They will set out to stifle and frustrate the Dutch. The best option for doing that, would be giving them a big Asian Handicap advantage, as they really do not pack much punch up front.
Japan Asian Handicap Betting tip: +1.25 for Evens at Paddy Power, gives you coverage up to Japan losing by one goal.

Japan World Cup 2010 Stats
Played: P1, W1, D0, L0
GF/GA: 1/0
Cards: Y1, R0
Most Shots: Keisuke Honda, 2
Top Scorer: Keisuke Honda, 2
Shots/On Goal: 5/5
Fouls Committed: 20
Total Passes: 389
Pass Completion: 59%
Last 5 Form: DLLLW

Holland v Japan Betting Odds

Holland to win: 4/9 at Bet365
Draw: 7/2 at Stan James
Japan: 9/1 at Boylesports
 

 

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