Top 5 World Cup Bets bringing best value in Group E

7th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions
World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions

World Cup Group E Teams: Holland, Denmark, Cameroon, Japan. This is one of the groups at South Africa 2010 which may not attract a great deal of World Cup betting, but as with all of the groups, it should not be overlooked. Why? Because there are always opportunities to make a profit with World Cup betting, it is picking out the best prices with the most potential. Here we continue our series and look at some of the best value bets that can be found in Group E. The eventual winner of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, may realistically not come from Group E, but it does contain a very strong outsider in the Netherlands. However the rest of the group may be lacking in the kind of quality that will take a nation to the knockout rounds, so the gulf in class can help your betting strategy. When there is clear divides, World Cup football betting may not offer the best prices, but it does offer some securing to add to things like multiple bets at your online bookmaker.

 

Outright Market: Holland 4/7 at Ladbrokes
The Dutch are enjoying one of the most solid looking approaches to the World Cup. During their international friendly matches, they have beaten the USA, thumped Ghana and Hungary and prior to all of that, made France look woeful. Holland have shortened in World Cup Odds to go out and win the tournament, but were rocked by the potential that they will be without one of their in form stars, Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben. Robben picked up a hamstring in injury after scoring twice in their demolition of Hungary, 6-1. Now there is a wait to see if the former Chelsea player will be able to make the World Cup, although Dutch Coach Bert Van Marwijk has not replaced him. The Dutch have a lot of quality in their side, but they have not attracted the level of betting that the likes of the disjointed Argentina have. This is a bit of a mystery, because if you paired both them together, right now on the current form of the teams, you would back the Netherlands. Holland have always been credited with playing beautiful football, but without enough grit and fight when it comes to the business end of tournaments. After going through the European qualification zone without dropping a point, and looking fluent and potent in front of goal during their international friendly warm up matches, Holland suddenly seem like a very strong bet. Even at these odds, they are pretty good value for backing, in a group which they should win at a canter.

To Qualify: Denmark Evens at Stan James
Denmark probably represents the best chance of the other teams to get out of the group. They finished top of their qualification in Europe, edging out Sweden, Hungary and Portugal. That was a tough, tight group, one that required a lot of fight to get through. Denmark put away sixteen goals during qualification and only conceded five. When they take the field at the World Cup, there is little doubt that they will set their stall out with a tight game plan. They have a little more fire power than you may think, notably Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner and ex-Chelsea star Jesper Gronkjaer. They won’t be short of class when it comes to putting away chances, and one thing the Danes have shown, is that they know how to defend, and how to do it well. Whether that means ten men behind the ball, then so be it. They should be a hard team to break down, and that is the reason why this bet makes such good value. Evens for them simply To Qualify ahead of Cameroon and Japan, is a great deal for the Europeans, who lost only one of their ten qualification matches.

Not to Qualify: Cameroon 4/5 at SkyBet
You think of Cameroon and you automatically think of Roger Milla dancing around the corner flag in a goal celebration. The Cameroon side of today, is nowhere near as gung-ho or talented as the one that gave England a scare at the quarter final stage of Italia ‘90. After a dismal showing at the African Cup of Nations at the beginning of the year, and with the bother over star striker Samuel Eto’o making up his mind whether he should participate or not after some harsh words spoken about him in the press by Milla, Cameroon look a shadow of their former selves. After drawing with Slovakia, suffering a 3-1 loss against Portugal, and then conceding the lead twice against Serbia, Cameroon have been struggling in international friendly warm up matches, against teams who have also qualified for the World Cup. Coach Paul Le Guen has an uphill struggle with Cameroon, and do not be surprised to see them looking like they are lacking interest and fight at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Betting against them could well bring some decent rewards looking at the best bookmakers for betting on the World Cup. 

To Finish Bottom: Japan 5/6 at William Hill
Should be a strong contender for the wooden spoon along with Cameroon in this group. Much like the Cameroon which wowed crowds across the world, Japan have also fallen from grace and stature somewhat, since breaking on to the World Stage. They play with pace and look gutsy, but all of their eggs are in one basket, and that is midfield. Their strength is in their midfield creativity, but having a side which has been largely rebuild from the last World Cup where they only picked up one point in the group stage, they are not cohesive or strong. Spirited, yes. Talented enough to challenge for qualification? No. They battled hard against a lack luster England in a warm up match, but still lost after scoring two own goals, and that has left them in a run of four consecutive defeats in their preparations for South Africa 2010. Therefore, poor form, and finishing behind Australia in the Asian qualification zone, means that you should largely be betting against them. This bet offer reasonable, if not astounding World Cup Odds but there is profit to be made on them.

Most Group Stage Goals: Holland 11/3 at Bwin
Hardly a surprise, given the blistering form that they are in, and the weaknesses of their group opponents. What is surprising is the decent odds on them finishing as top scorers. This is one to be jumped all over, and in all of their group stage World Cup fixtures you would expect Holland to run up some goals, certainly against Japan and Cameroon. Denmark may be a tougher nut to crack, but the Dutch look very good, and very strong right now. They are packed with creativity, pace and talent, and goals should not be that hard to come by.



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