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Match Preview: Netherlands v Denmark

By | 13th June 2010

Monday, June 14, 12:30 GMT, Soccer City Stadium

Unless something unforeseen happens in Group E, the Netherlands will be clinching the top spot. It’s all about second place in this group, and Denmark has a real shot at taking care of business. Arjen Robben may not be 100% in this match fresh off his injury, but the Danes know that their opponent has far too many options on the pitch at any given time to even think about Robben’s potential lack of form. Although the Netherlands have far superior talent than Denmark, don’t discount the Danes, who have a very strong side that is poised to get out of the group.

Netherlands Player to Watch: Wesley Sneijder

Sneijder is coming off an impressive season for Inter. Although he only scored 8 goals, he had 12 assists and his presence is constantly felt when he is on the field. He always leaves his mark on a match. When Inter was making their run to the UEFA Champions League¬† title this past season, everybody knew that they had to account for Sneijder. In the final against Bayern Munich, Diego Milito scored both goals for Inter, but Sneijder was the top player in the match for the other intangibles he provided. He will leave that same impression on all of the Oranje’s matches.

Denmark Player to Watch: Thomas Sorensen

Denmark will have a hard time competing with and defending the Oranje attack. That is why, if they are to have any shot of toppling them, Thomas Sorensen is going to have to put in a world class performance for the Danes. Sorensen is a strong keeper who has been tried and tested in the English Premier League as a member of Stoke City. His ability has helped to lead Stoke to a mid-table finish the past two seasons, which is not easy at all with the depth of talent in England right now. If Denmark is to succeed, Sorensen must succeed. Denmark can score all the goals they want, but if Sorensen doesn’t show up, the Netherlands will easily outscore the Danes.

Prediction

It always seems like the Netherlands doesn’t have to try too hard and they still win with relative ease regardless of how good their opponent is. I think Denmark will score, but if they score anything short of three goals, you can count them out. The Netherlands is just too good. Bring on the Round of 16 and beyond. The Netherlands wins 4-1.



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