Denmark v Japan Preview: Odds & Betting Tips – Thursday, 24th June (Group E)

23rd June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
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Denmark v Japan Betting Odds

Denmark to win: 5/4 at Bet365
Draw: 12/5 at Ladbrokes
Japan to win: 11/4 at Ladbrokes


Denmark will know that they do not have the upper hand going into their final match of Group E, as they take on Japan. The two teams are level on three points in the group, but the Asian nation have the advantage with a better goal difference. This means that Morten Olsen’s Denmark have to go out and push for the win. With Cameroon already having been eliminated from the group, there is a three way race for supremacy in the group. With Holland fully expected to seal top spot with at least a point against Cameroon, so it all leaves Japan and Denmark to battle it out for second place. If the Danes do get through to the second round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, then they will have done in the hard way. Denmark looked a little lost in their opening fixture, as they could not find any rhythm or transition to get forward against Holland, going on to lose the match 2-0. They then fell behind to Cameroon and things were looking bleak, until a resurgence sparked by Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner and Dennis Rommedahl who got the goals in a 2-1 victory. They now have a cup final of their own against Japan, as the Europeans have to go all out for a win. Denmark are not a side which are really associated with being great exponents of the attacking game, but they do have some potency up front, and plenty of options to chose from. The big hope for them is the speed and movement of Bendtner, who is the spark of inspiration that could just get them though. It is not likely to an expansive game by either team, but Denmark may just have the width and individual quality in the likes of Gronkjaer going forward, and the impressive Daniel Agger at the back. Denmark will be expected just to edge this one, but they will be made to work hard in breaking down an organised Japanese side, but this is one game where quick long balls may pay off for the Danes.

Denmark World Cup 2010 Stats
Played: W1, D0, L1
GF/GA: 2/3
Cards: Y3, R0
Most Shots: Dennis Rommedahl, 1
Top Scorer: Dennis Rommedahl, Nicklas Bendtner, 1
Shots/On Goal: 23/9
Fouls Committed: 32
Total Passes: 818
Pass Completion: 70%


Japan are expecting a tough physical battle against Denmark, and they will go into the match as underdogs, even though they have the slight advantage of only needing a draw to get through to the second round. There was nothing much expected of the Blue Samurai as they have undergone a transitional period and have had to do a lot of rebuilding. The Japanese will back themselves to put out another defensive display which will be sturdy enough to repel the dangers from Denmark. But Japan coach Takeshi Okada is worried about the physical and height advantage which the Danes will have over his side. The key to this match could all come down to the precision of delivery at set pieces, areas which the Danish will have a strong advantage. So, for Japan to battle through this, Okada is looking for something a bit special from his players, something that goes beyond the formation and tactics. He is demanding his players stay focused with a strong mentality through the match, and not to be overwhelmed. Japan can take a lot of confidence from their two performances so far. They looked lively in their victory over Cameroon, and they battled very hard in their match against group favourites Holland, leaving only 1-0 when many expected more. It is a big match for both sides, and it may not prove to be the prettiest football, but the excitement levels should go all the way.

Japan World Cup 2010 Stats
Played: W1, D0, L0
GF/GA: 1/1
Cards: Y1, R0
Most Shots: Keisuke Honda, 4
Top Scorer: Keisuke Honda, 1
Shots/On Goal: 15/8
Fouls Committed: 31
Total Passes: 790
Pass Completion: 62%

Asian Handicap Betting Tip: This is a close match to call, as the Japanese have been surprisingly enterprising in their matches, more so than expected. The Danes have looked decent in flashes, and completely out of the picture in the next. They threw caution to the wind in the second half against Cameroon and looked dangerous going forward, but horribly exposed at the back. There may be a lot of caution executed here by both sides, with a draw looking very likely, but if you are looking for a winner then Denmark should edge it. So for a handicap bet, Japan in the positive to hold out, should pay off.
Denmark -0.5 for 5/4 at Paddy Power



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