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Nic Ladds 23rd Jun 2010 - 17:25

Dutch delight as the Lions fail to roar

Holland will hope they can wrap up Group E in this final match of the groups as they take on a hugely disappointing Cameroon side in Cape Town.

Holland are one of the few teams with a perfect record so far, with wins over Japan and Denmark. They look a really good price to win here too at 5/6.

Cameroon (7/2) are one of only two sides without a point so far and they have really failed to live up to expectations. They have a solid squad on paper but Paul Le Guen's men have suffered defeat at the hands of Japan and Denmark and are now in real danger of crashing out without a point at all.

The only worry is that the Dutch will take their foot off the gas now they are mathematically through, and as Cameroon are already out, they could play well with the pressure lifted.

Holland have done well so far though and have barely moved out of first gear. They have cropped up with goals when needed and wont when they might not have deserved it. That is the sign of a good team though and I think they could join Argentina in the next round as a side with maximum nine points.

The winner of this group will play second in Group F though, which is currently Italy. Although you would expect the Italian's to pull something out the bag and top the group, there could be something in the back of the minds of the Dutch where finishing second would not be the worst thing for their competition prospects.

Conspiracy theories aside, Holland really do have a cracking squad on paper and this match could see the long-anticipated return of Arjen Robben. Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk will be hoping Robben's return can spark his side in to life with a real devastating performance to show the world why his side are rated amongst the very best.

The quality in midfield is where Holland should win this match. Should Robben play he would join the hugely impressive Wesley Sneijder and Rafael Van Der Vaart who have bossed both games so far.

Their range of passing and danger from long shots has caused their opponents plenty of problems so far. You can get 9/4 on Sneijder scoring at any time and 7/2 on Van Der Vaart.

Cameroon, as I have said all along, have a decent squad on paper and will be disappointed in their performances.  Their big names have failed to consistently perform, although they were much improved against Denmark where Samuel Eto'o opened his account (8/1 to score first here).

Unless Bert van Marwijk changes his squad or tactics drastically due to his side already qualifying I think they will win this match with relative ease. Their matches have been quite low scoring so far so I will be backing the Holland by 1 goal and 2 goal winning margins at 12/5 and 9/2 respectively.



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