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David Thompson 8th Jun 2012 - 15:10

Holland v Denmark preview


Group B

Saturday 17:00 - live on BBC One

Two former European champions open Group B as Holland take on Denmark in Kharkiv.

Bert van Marwijk's Holland are 4/6 favourites, the draw is 12/5 and group outsiders Denmark are 5/1 to upset the odds and win.

There has been concern after the Dutch team were subject to isolated incidents of racist chanting during an open training session in Krakow. No official complaint has been made by the Dutch FA and hopefully this is not a sign of what is to come during Euro 2012.

Holland have been criticised from all angles after the tactics they employed during the World Cup final but they have bounced back, netting 37 times, the most in qualifying. 11/10 is offered for over 2.5 goals in the match with the double result of Holland/Holland weighing in at 8/5.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was responsible for twelve qualification goals and won the German golden boot. However the Schalke striker is not guaranteed a start against the Danes thanks to compatriot and Arsenal's top scorer Robin van Persie. RVP grabbed six of the Netherlands qualification goals and both top-class strikers are 10/3 to open the scoring and 4/5 about anytime scorers.

Robin van Persie's old Arsenal colleague Nicklas Bendtner looks to be Denmark's main goal threat. The on loan Sunderland striker is an 8/1 shot to score first in Kharkiv and 11/4 about anytime.

A shrewd bet in this contest could come under the card markets. Mark van Bommel and Man City's Nigel de Jong look set to start, and so the 11/10 available on Holland to pick up the first booking appears to be cracking value.

Group B looks set to be another hard fought contest. The Dutch are 7/4 second favourites to win the group with Denmark big 14/1 outsiders. The 4/9 on the Netherlands to qualify could be a little on the short side, however an opening victory looks to be on the cards as long as the game isn't marred by racism!



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