Holland vs Denmark Euro Cup 2012 Betting Picks + Odds
Bert Van Marwijk has possibly the most talented squad in the tournament, but his team has been seeded in Group B, the group of death , and will open the tournament on Saturday against Denmark.
The Netherlands after reaching the World Cup final in 2010 are second favorites, but can they live up to expectations?
When: Saturday, 12:00 PM EST
Where: Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist
TV: ESPN / FOX
Line: Netherlands (-165), Denmark (+500), Draw (+265)
On one hand, you have a side that is expected to make it all the way to the final.
Then in Denmark’s case, you have a solid side that is expected to finish last in the group because it has to not only face and take down Germany and the Danes–two of the best squads in world football–but will also have to fair well enough against Portugal and their superstar Cristiano Ronaldo who is arguably the best player in the world.
The Netherlands have enjoyed a pretty successful 2012 campaign thus far. The lone hiccup being in their EURO 2012 tune up matches. Bulgaria used a 93rd minute goal to propel them by the Dutch side when they were playing in front of their home faithful.
Aside from that match, Holland are a perfect 3-0 in the others. Including wins against England, Slovakia, and Northern Ireland.
On the other side of the ball you have a solid side that has just not played well this year. [ad-3678122]
Denmark lost to Russia 2-0 back in February, then they had one good tune up match, and one bad. The bad came against Brazil in which they fell by a margin of 3-1. Then they softened up the schedule a little bit with an aging Australian side. A match that they took by a 2-0 score.
Although the Netherlands is a far superior squad, Coach Morten Olsen does have a good mix of youth and experience and some key players that could make a massive difference.
Players to Watch:
Denmark – Nicklas Bendtner
Another attacking threat to be on the lookout for. He has scored six goals in his last eight international appearances. If Denmark are to break through in this one, it will likely be due to this young attacker. Who is just 24 years old right now.
Netherlands – Robin Van Persie
This guy is just a goal scoring machine. He had one of the better goal scoring seasons in EPL history earlier, and that has not slowed down on the international level. Van Persie has scored seven time in his last nine games.
Although that is a little skewed with his four goal outburst against San Marino, no one would be surprised if he opened the scoring in this one.
Matt’s Free Pick– Netherlands–The Dutch attack will be far too much for the Danes, who just can’t sit back and defend for 90 minutes.
They’ve got to push, which will probably result in outnumbered counter attacks and eventually their demise.