The Netherlands is ranked fourth in the world and it would not be a surprise to see them playing for the 2010 World Cup title.
2010 World Cup betting odds list the Netherlands as the -160 favorite to win Group E. They are favored over Cameroon, Denmark and Japan. The Netherlands is well coached by Bert van Marwijk and they have star players in Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder. The one concern for anyone backing the Netherlands is that they would probably be matched up against Brazil in the quarterfinals. Group E should be the Netherlands to win with Denmark and Cameroon fighting it out to see which of them advances. Japan has virtually no chance. Denmark has Jon Dahl Tomasson while Cameroon is led by Samuel Eto'o.
The Netherlands definitely has the talent to make a serious run at the 2010 World Cup but they have choked in the past in big matches. In 1974 and in 1978 the Netherlands lost the final. This year’s squad has the talent to give the Netherlands a big win. The Netherlands has a lot of talent with some big name players.
Van Marwijk will put out a lineup that has Arsenal's Robin van Persie as the key striker with Inter Milan's Wesley Sneijder as the big playmaker. Real Madrid's Van der Vaart is another player who can make an impact. The Netherlands can bring talented players like Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt, AC Milan's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Hamburg's Eljero Elia off the bench. The concern for the Netherlands is on defense. They have Bayern Munich's Mark van Bommel and Manchester City's Nigel De Jong and then it gets dicey. Goaltender Martin Stekelenburg doesn’t have a great deal of experience in key matches. It probably won’t matter early but it would be a key factor against a team like Brazil.
The Netherlands is definitely a team to follow in the 2010 World Cup. They have the talent to beat a team like Brazil but they will need to play a great match to do so. But unlike many other teams in the 2010 World Cup, the Netherlands actually has the talent to do it.