It is the opening match for both teams in Group E and the Netherlands is a solid favorite in World Cup odds.
2010 World Cup betting favors Denmark on the three-way soccer betting line. They are -190, Denmark is +500 and the Draw is +290. The total on the match is 2.5 with the under at -140. This will be the 9th appearance at the World Cup for the Netherlands. Their best finish was second in 1974 and in 1978. It seems that every time the World Cup comes around people are predicting that the Netherlands will do well. This is supposed to be their best team since 1998. It may not matter though since the schedule would probably have them facing Brazil in the quarterfinals if both teams get that far.
The Netherlands is definitely a contender to win it all and they should not have too much trouble in Group E. They outscored their opponents 17-2 in qualifying. The team is led by Mark van Bommel in the middle. Their top scorers in qualifying were Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Dirk Kuyt who each had three goals. The Netherlands really needs Wesley Sneijder to have a big World Cup as they need his playmaking ability.
This will be the fourth World Cup for Denmark. They have a chance of advancing even if they don’t win this match against the Netherlands. It looks to be a battle between Denmark and Cameroon for second place in the group with Japan finishing last. Denmark has not looked very good in recent friendlies and top goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen has not even played due to injury. For Denmark to have a chance in this match and for them to advance out of this group they must have Sorensen. Denmark is a very good defensive team but recently they haven’t been able to score. Denmark is led by Nicklas Bendtner.
Denmark has the ability to shutdown any opponent with their defense. They may not be able to get enough offense though to get past a team like the Netherlands. A draw is probably the best they can hope for in this match against the top team from Group E.