Netherlands vs Japan preview – Group E

The Netherlands will meet Japan in a second round Group E match of the 2010 World Cup on Saturday 19th June at 9:30pm Melbourne time at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa.

In their only previous meeting in International competition the Netherlands were too good for Japan scoring three goals in the second half for a 3-0 friendly win last September.

Both sides won their opening games with the Netherlands beating Denmark by two goals and Japan scoring a 1-0 win over Cameroon.

Netherlands Netherlands vs Japan Netherlands

When: Saturday 19th June
Time: 9:30pm AEST Melbourne time
Where: Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
TV: Televised live on SBS

Last time they met
05-09-09 Friendly Netherlands 3-0 Japan

Recent History
05-09-09 Friendly Netherlands 3-0 Japan

Netherlands and Japan World Cup form

Denmark 0-2 Netherlands
46m S. Poulson Own Goal (Neth)
85m D. Kuty (Neth)

WCI Rating: 6.5
1st half: 3.0
2nd half: 3.5

The Dutch did what they had to do and that was gain the three points. Neither side threatened the goal very often and it was quite a subdued Holland side that ventured out for this game

Cameroon 0-1 Japan
39m Keisuke Honda (Jap)

WCI Rating: 4
1st half: 2.0
2nd half: 2.0

Japan shut down the Cameroon defence very well and outplayed them on the day.

Netherlands vs Japan Preview

Netherlands will be expecting a win here against Japan and that will just about see them through to the next round if it eventuates.

Japan are a team that battles hard and down back they will hold out as long as they can against the Dutch and try to extract a point if luck goes their way.

Sportsbet odds for Netherlands vs Japan

Netherlands 1.40
Draw 4.20
Japan 9.00

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Netherlands vs Japan Match Prediction

Japan already have three points so the draw is a good option for them here if they can manage to do so.

The Dutch have plenty of scoring options to take on the Japanese and the Netherlands should win here all things being equal, but as Spain, Germany and England games have shown, anything is possible in football and take the short odds at your own peril.

The Netherlands at 1.40 is a bit short for the average punter but they should get the job done.

We don’t think Japan will score and will have a crack at the Holland clean sheet for a bit more value.

Holland Clean Sheet @ $1.73 at Sportsbet

Back the Dutch to keep Japan to zero goals at Sportsbet and if you want a side interest have a crack at Inter Milan Dutchman Wesley Sneijder to find the back of the net @ 3.40. Make sure you check out Betfair to get the best price available.

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