Netherland vs Denmark – Betting picks and preview

World Cup BettingThe Netherlands will play Denmark today at 12:30 BST in their first match in group E at the World Cup. From a spectators view, we could be in for an exciting match in Johannesburg today between two teams, who both won their qualification groups going into World Cup.

Match Preview

Coach Bert van Marwijk’s men are the overwhelming favorites in group E and come into the World Cup filled with confidence. Netherland cruised through qualification with a perfect record and was the first European team to qualify for the 2010 World Cup. Looking back they finished second in the 1974 and 1978 World Cup, but many experts believe they might take the last step this year. The Dutch have one of the most feared attacks with star players from allover Europe and an unbeaten run of 19 games shows their great potential. The question is whether the Dutch will be able to continue their unbeaten record since September 2008 and finally take the last step. Their latest match showed no signs of weakness with a 6-1 win over Hungary and they will likely go through group E with maximum points, which means three points today.

Denmark had a great qualification for the World Cup and won their group ahead of Portugal, which surely command some respect for the Danish team. This said they have been playing poorly going into the World Cup, loosing both their warm-up games to Australia and South Africa 1-0 in recent weeks. Looking at their squad it contains few star players, but still has a good mix of young and experienced players from clubs across Europe. The team depends on a few key players including Liverpool’s Daniel Agger, Juventus Christian Poulsen, Ajax’s Dennis Rommedahl and Feyenoord’s Jon Dahl Tomasson. Unfortunately for Denmark their only star striker Nicklas Bendtner from Arsenal is questionable for today’s match and their experienced goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen has been injured lately and might not be at full impact.

Team News

The Dutch squad is almost at full strength with only winger Arjen Robben questionable for their game against Denmark.

The Danish coach Morten Olsen was ill during their preparation for the World Cup, but none of the players seemed to be affected. As mentioned they still have key players who are questionable with Nicklas Bendtner struggling to overcome a groin injury and Palermo defender Simon Kjaer questionable from a knee injury.

Netherland vs Denmark betting pick

Outright win for Netherland at odds 1.57

We predict the Dutch will win this match and get off to a good start at the World Cup. Denmark is struggling with injured key players who will not be totally fit, if they play today, while the Netherland is almost at full strength. It is hard to predict by how much they will win, as Denmark is known to have a great defense and concede few goals. This could be changed though, if the Dutch scores fast, but we consider a likely result will be 1-0 or 2-0 for the Netherlands.

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