May 02, 2010
Group E is home to the highly ranked Netherlands and the Dutch will be joined by Denmark, Japan and Cameroon. The winners of Group E will play the second placed team from Group F, while the runners-up in this group will face the Group F winner.
Netherlands qualified for the 2010 World Cup quite early in their campaign and managed to win all their matches under coach Bert van Marwijk.
The Dutch are still yet to win the coveted trophy and are best remembered for their second finish in 1974 when they had one of the most skilful sides ever to grace a World Cup stage.
The Netherlands head into the World Cup in some great form with a good win over Mexico (2-1) before demolishing Hungary (6-1) and Ghana (4-1) and goals were aplenty for the Dutch.
Finding the net for the Netherlands during practice games were Robin Van Persie 4 with Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben 2 each.
The Netherlands have quality offensive players like Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and Wesley Sneijder, and the Bookies have the Dutch at a short quote to win Group E.
Denmark is led by Morten Olsen and they are an impressive outfit who failed to make the second round in 2002 after making the quarter finals in 1998.
The Danes can be an exciting team when on the attack and although they do not have a recognised power striker as such, they do boast a classy midfield that can provide plenty of attacking options.
Denmark scored a friendly win over Senegal (2-0) with Christian Poulsen and Tomas Enevoldsen scoring goals before the Danes lost to Australia (1-0) and South Africa (1-0) in final lead up games to the World Cup.
Nicklas Bendtner, Thomas Sorensen and Jakob Poulsenand will prove a handful for opponents and the Danes are the popular elect to fight out second spot in this group with Cameroon.
Japan coach Takeshi Okada will need much luck to get the Japanese through to the next round considering their opposition in this group.
Japan made the second round in 2002 when hosting the tournament with South Korea, but bookies expect Japan to finish bottom of this group.
Best players for the Japanese are Shunsuke Nakamura, Yuji Nakazawa and Shinji Okazak and they are going to find life tough in this company.
Japan has lost their last three friendlies against South Korea (2-0), England (2-1) and Ivory Coast (2-0) with Tulio Tanaka scoring the only goal for the Japanese.
Cameroon are well fancied to make it through to the next round and coach Paul Le Guen will have the hopes of a nation behind him as the African side endeavour to get to the Quarter Finals at a minimum.
Samuel Eto’o is a quality player who is highly revered in his own country and much will be expected of his silky skills, while Idriss Carlos Kameni and Stephane M’bia will go a long way towards Cameroon advancing to the next round.
The African team has drawn two games Georgia (0-0), Slovakia (1-1) and lost two against Portugal (3-1) and Serbia (4-3) in their past four friendly games. They have scored five goals in the process with Pierre Webo nabbing three for the Indomitable Lions.
World Cup Group E Predictions
1. Netherlands 2. Denmark 3. Cameroon 4. Japan
Netherlands look good things to win this group. The Dutch are a class act with talent all over the pitch and enter the tournament on the back of some very good form.
Denmark have the necessary skill that should be able to get them through to the next stage at the expense of both Cameroon and Japan.
Cameroon will appreciate playing in their own dung hill and will offer plenty of opposition but will likely fall short just behind Denmark, while Japan are a good defensive unit but lack the firepower to compete with some of these.
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World Cup Group E First match
The Netherlands will play Denmark in the first match of Group E in Johannesburg.
|Jun 25th||Cameroon||vs.||Netherlands||Cape Town||4:30am||Odds|
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