Both teams have three points in Group E so the winner will advance along with the Netherlands. Denmark is a solid favorite in World Cup odds in this match against Japan that can be seen on ESPN.
2010 World Cup betting favors Denmark even though Japan just needs a draw to advance. That does put the pressure on Denmark to score but striker Nicklas Bendtner is very confident his team will get some goals and advance to the next round. Denmark will have to find a way through the Japan defense led by Yuji Nakazawa and Tulio Tanaka. Japan head coach Takeshi Okada has predicted a very tough game against Denmark. Since Japan only needs a draw they will be pushing and shoving Denmark around trying to keep out of trouble.
The Netherlands has already advanced from this group so their match against Cameroon won’t be the focus of either Japan or Denmark on Thursday. Japan has only given up one goal in the World Cup but they have only scored one. Denmark did get a couple of goals against Cameroon but they still haven’t shown much on offense either. If Denmark is to win the match then they almost certainly will need Bendtner to score. Japan is aware of the Arsenal striker and he will be their main focus. They are also focusing on Dennis Rommedahl. They believe if they can keep those two players in check they can get the draw or the win to advance. Denmark will be without Simon Kjaer who is suspended so it should be Per Kroldrup who replaces him. Kroldrup said he is ready to play the full game even though he has not seen any action.
Denmark is in just their fourth World Cup but they have history on their side as in the previous three they always made it out of the group stage. They made it all the way to the quarterfinals in 1998. This match begins at 2:30 pm Eastern on Thursday and will be televised on ESPN while the match between the Netherlands and Cameroon is played at the same time and televised on ESPN 2.