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Nic Ladds 18th Jun 2010 - 14:48

Everything to play for in Group E

If Holland comfortably top Group E as expected then the real intrigue will come from the battle for the second qualifying spot. Both Denmark and Cameroon lost their opening matches so victory is imperative if they want to keep their World Cup dreams alive.

Cameroon (19/10) were pretty awful in their 1-0 opening defeat to Japan and will need a massive improvement if they are to have any hope of qualification.

Denmark (6/4) showed glimpses of quality against Holland and the 2-0 scoreline was a bit harsh in my opinion. It wasn't for a freak own goal and a late tap in, Denmark could have snatched a point.

On paper, you would really expect Cameroon to be doing a lot better than they have. With Premier League names such as Bassong, Song and Assou-Ekotto among other big names like Geremi, Makoun and of course Samuel Eto'o, Cameroon certainly have the names to compete.

Denmark may not have as many household names but they are a solid side and have some quality on their day. I don't for one moment think they will go very far in this tournament but beating Cameroon and, if Japan mess up, qualifying second to Holland is a realistic prospect.

Paul Le Guen has rightly come in to some criticism for his unbelievable squad selection of playing Samuel Eto'o, arguably one of the best strikers in the world, on the right hand side of midfield. Also his choice of leaving out Arsenal's Alex Song and experienced midfielder Geremi has come under some fire.

Depending on the team selection, I fancy Denmark to just edge this one although I am wary that Cameroon, with a full team, playing in their right positions could be hard to beat.

Denmark's problem seems to come from their lack of firepower up front. Fans of the Premier League will know how hit and miss Nicklas Bendtner can be in front of goal. If you fancy him, he is 11/2 to score first.

Eto'o is of course Cameroon's main man in attack at he is also priced at 11/2 to score first. My biggest worry about this match is the lack of firepower from around the park.

Both teams have strikers that could crop up with a goal but none of the players behind the strikers are really chipping in with goals on a consistent basis.

I think this match could be reminiscent of some of the early group matches; tight, cagey and low scoring. With both sides needing nothing less than all three points, nerves could play a big part and it could fall down to which team deals with that better on the day.

If you fancy either side on the draw no bet market you can get 21/20 on Cameroon or 7/10 on Denmark to cover yourself if you fancy either side.

I like the look of a slender 1-0 victory to the Danes at 5/1 as unless Eto'o starts in the middle, I can't even see Cameroon scoring. The two previous matches between these two have ended 2-1 to each side, a repeat of that can be found at 9/1 for Denmark and 10/1 for Cameroon.

Denmark have never lost to an African side and if they can continue that statistic, they could have a real chance of making it out of their group. My top tip for this match will be a Denmark win and under 2.5 goals in a double priced at 3/1.



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