Who Is the Best Bet To Qualify from Group E?

June 23, 2010 | Filed Under: Blog 

One of the striking things about Group E is that none of the teams in it have ever won the World Cup, so it is arguable that this Group is one that could produce an upset. The classiest side in the Group looks to be the Netherlands and, according to the World Cup odds, they are favourites to win the Group at 33/1 on. In fact the odds on them bagging the maximum 9 points by winning their final Group game against Cameroon on Thursday is a distinct possibility, so clearly they will be seen as the stand-out team in the Group and not just because of those distinctive orange shirts!

Under the guidance of Bert van Marwijk the Oranje breezed through their Group 9 games by winning every match and they have a strong pedigree in the competition having reached the World Cup Final in 1974 and 1978. In more recent times, they have not found the going so easy with tales of internal dissent and strife wrecking their hopes but they really do seem to have got their act together now. Could it be that this team will fulfil the potential that has clearly been there in the past? They certainly look a good bet this time around with an incredibly strong squad particularly in attack. The only cloud on the horizon is the hamstring injury that winger Arjen Robben is struggling to overcome but whether he is fit or not the Flying Dutchmen should still prevail against a Cameroon side that is already eliminated.

Not that it has been a walkover though as they had to vanquish wily and determined adversaries in the shape of Denmark and Japan. Both these teams will play each other on Thursday to decide who will qualify. Denmark are the most likely to go through in my opinion.  The enigmatic Morten Olsen’s outfit did reach this stage by coming first in a Group that included Portugal, Sweden and Hungary so they are a force to be reckoned with. Expect workmanlike performances from them rather than anything spectacular in that decider.

Japan did well to beat Cameroon 1-0 but they appear to lack the necessary talent within their ranks to clinch a qualification spot. They did cause England some embarrassment in their recent game in Austria but the string of defeats that they have suffered in the lead up to the competition and losing 1-0 to the Netherlands has led most neutral observers to forecast an early exit from the competition for them. The online betting odds on them qualifying are 6/4 on while Denmark are 11/10.

The focus for many impartial observers is the Netherlands and they are currently 15/2 to win the tournament. They are without doubt a strong side and are one of the leading European contenders in the competition. Keep an eye on them in the later stages as they could exceed a lot of people’s expectations…



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