Netherlands v Denmark latest odds, news and free bets

On Saturday evening, the so-called Group of Death begins in Kharkiv with the Netherlands and Denmark meeting in their opening match, just as the pair did two years ago in South Africa where the Dutch ran out 2-0 winners

However, there was very little between the two teams that day and it’s possible that the bookies have underestimated the chances of the Danes this time around considering they finished ahead of Portugal in qualifying.

Morten Olsen’s side have been marked out as the underdogs to qualify from Group B although they have a talented squad of players which includes Ajax’s Christian Eriksen and also Nicklas Bendtner who enjoyed a reasonable loan spell at Sunderland last term after being exluded at Arsenal.

Denmark are 11/2 (Paddy Power free bets) to cause what would be the first major upset of the tournament and they did finish ahead of Norway and Portugal to reach the European Championship, including a 2-1 win against the Portuguese in Copenhagen.

However, they might have their work cut out against the Netherlands depending on whether manager Bert van Marwijk can get the best out of his attacking players but also ensure that the defence are protected by the two enforcers that are Nigel de Jong and Mark Van Bommel.

If this pair are selected for Holland, it means that only four offensive players can be selected with Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben the only two guaranteed starters and the likes of Dirk Kuyt, Rafael van der Vaart, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Wesley Sneijder and Ibrahim Afellay all scrapping it out for a place in the team.

Sky Bet are prepared to stand 8/13 about the Dutch and they could be vulnerable to a Danish counter attack, although they did manage a largely flawless qualifying campaign which resulted in nine straight wins and that final defeat against Sweden when a place at Euro 2012 was already in the bag.

It is noticeable that the Netherlands didn’t concede a goal on the road aside from that match against Sweden and a defensive approach could be the order of the day here, with a 1-0 correct scoreline on offer at 11/2 and a 2-0 victory available to back at 13/2.

The punters will come in their droves for Robin van Persie as First Goalscorer and the Arsenal striker is among the favourites to claim the Golden Boot with his odds to break the deadlock here available at 7/2 (Ladbrokes).

Perhaps Arjen Robben (7/1 Stan James) is someone more likely to unpick a stodgy Danish defence, with Van der Vaart available at 9/1 but let’s see if the Tottenham man gets the nod in attack.

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