9th June Netherlands (Holland) v Denmark (Group B)
Group B opens with Holland playing Denmark, a repeat of their World Cup clash in 2010 when the Dutch emerged as 2-0 winners. The Netherlands go into the tournament full of confidence after an almost faultless qualifying campaign, their only defeat coming against Sweden when they had already booked their place in the finals. Although their form in recent friendly fixtures has dipped a little, they still had enough quality to grab a late winner to steal a 3-2 victory against England at Wembley.
The Dutch will look to Robin Van Persie to continue his sensational form at Arsenal that has elevated his status to one of the finest strikers in the World. They also have Klaas-Jan Huntelaar who chalked up twelve goals in qualifying. Van Persie could rate a standout bet at 10-1 to be the tournament’s top goalscorer with Huntelaar also looking good value at 20-1.
Arjen Robben (candidate for top goalscorer betting?) has also been in superb form for Bayern Munich and will torment any defence, ably supported by Wesley Sneijder and Rafael van der Vaart in midfield. With so much talent on display, Holland are understandably regarded as one of the strongest teams in Euro 2012.
Denmark will go into their group as comparative outsiders and will draw from the knowledge that they were regarded as no-hopers when they took the championship in 1992. Coach Morten Olsen plenty of experience within his squad and Premiership starts like Liverpool’s Daniel Agger and Sunderland’s Nicklas Bendtner from Sunderland will relish the chance to advertise their skills on the top European stage. Denmark will also look to the exciting talent of Christian Eriksen of Ajax.
Although outsiders, The Danes topped a highly competitive Group H by three points with Portugal and Norway finishing below them. Group B has been dubbed this year’s “Group of death” with Germany and Portugal making up a formidable quartet.
Holland v Denmark Predictions
The Netherlands are strong favourites to come out on top here at 4-7. Certainly, if their star players continue their recent league form, they should have too much firepower for the Danes who are priced at 11-2 with the draw at 3-1. Best odds we found at Bet365.
The Netherlands are third-favourites to win the tournament outright at 15-2 whilst the Danes would need to recreate their 1992 miracle and are priced at 100-1. The Dutch will be looking to get some momentum going early on to announce their arrival as serious championship contenders.
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