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FIFA World Cup 2010: Netherlands Vs Denmark Preview

Write-up by Suresh Iyer

Holland’s unending hunt for a Globe Cup title kicks off in Johannesburg on Monday in opposition to the very best Scandinavian outfit in the shape of Denmark.

Of their earlier 6 matches, five have ended without having end result. In all Holland have a head-to-head advantage of 11-7 in 28 past meetings.

Holland supervisor Bert van Marwijk will sorely miss the in sort Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben who was injured for the duration of a pre-tournament warm up from Hungary. Robben could nevertheless get fit plenty of to play later matches.

The ahead line is led by Arsenal’s injury inclined Robin van Persie supported in midfield by Inter Milan’s Wesley Snejider along with Bayern Munich’s Mark van Bommel.

Denmark Coach Morten Olsen will be worried by the team’s lack of wins recently (only one particular in the previous five). He will depend on the trio of Christian Poulsen, Nicklas Bendtner and Daniel Agger to mount his team’s challenge in South Africa. Arsenal’s Bendtner, particularly, has been in sparkling type and Olsen will want him to get into a target scoring mould, to see the group by way of to the pre-quarter-ultimate stage.

Holland were the 1st European facet to qualify for this year’s Earth Cup with an all-win report Denmark overcame a difficult group that incorporated Portugal and Sweden en route to South Africa.

Van Persie’s ankle notwithstanding, he should trigger be concerned in Denmark’s defence. Denmark’s spearhead Nicklas Bendtner is himself nursing a thigh injuries but is anticipated to be ruled fit to play.

Denmark owe their qualification successes to a sound defence,, manned by Daniel Agger and Simon Kjaer that kept the opposition target tally down to five in ten matches. Anderson will be in goal, till their major keeper Sorenson returns from injuries. Christian Poulsen is the ace midfielder in this Danish group led by veteran ahead Jon Dahl Tomasson.

All round, Holland packs also numerous guns for their Scandinavian rivals and need to prevail in what is probable to be a tough fought match.

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