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Group E: World Cup Future Soccer Lines

World Cup Futures Betting Update: Group E

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Group E should be one of the more interesting draws in the group stage. Holland seems to have the upper hand on the field but second place really seems to be up for grabs between Cameroon, Denmark and Japan.

Let’s break it down.

CAMEROON (+8000 to win World Cup)

Is Cameroon on the verge of returning to glory? Its supporters may have you believe that. After all, Samuel Eto’o is arguably the best player they’ve ever had. However, as Cameroon’s disappointing showing at the Africa Cup of Nations suggests, sometimes depth is worth more than one great player. That could be Cameroon’s downfall.

DENMARK (+12500 to win World Cup)

The Danes look like the trendy sleeper in Group E. Back after sitting out the last couple of World Cups, they made major waves in qualifying, knocking off Portugal and its Scandinavian rival Sweden. The three-goal effort against Portugal, not to mention Soren Larsen’s five qualifier goals, make me a believer in Denmark’s scoring.

THE NETHERLANDS (HOLLAND) (+1200 to win World Cup)

Look out. The Netherlands are extremely excited for the 2010 World Cup and have very good reason to be. The Dutch absolutely demolished the competition in qualifying, winning all eight of their games and outscoring opponents 17-2.

Holland has plenty of talent with the likes of Rafael van der Vaart and Arjen Robben on board, so it should make a deep run in the tournament. The only question mark could be offense in crunch time, as longtime go-to scorer Ruud van Nistelrooy has hanged up his cleats.

JAPAN (+27500 to win World Cup)

It’s nice to see Japan qualify but we shouldn’t expect them to do much even at the group stage, which they’ve only survived once. Sure, they play a nice technical system and pass the ball well, but they just don’t have the elite talent of their peers in Group E. I just can’t see how they’ll best Holland or Denmark.

THE PICKS

Upon closer inspection, this group may not be as close as expected. Holland looks like a lock and I believe Denmark can outclass Cameroon for the second spot.

Predictions: Holland and Denmark

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  1. A class apart

    Japan possesses a player with great promise, Denmark has experienced veterans and Cameroon has a strong midfield and attack. The Netherlands have all of these assets and more in a squad overflowing with talent. It’s not just the raw ability and success of the Oranje’s stars that should intimidate opponents. No, the real concern for the rest of Group E is that with all of these talented stars the Oranje’s players can put their egos aside and focus instead on doing whatever is necessary to win. There are no divas on this team. The Netherlands posted a perfect record in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup and I fully expect a similar outcome in the group stage.

    Schedule suits Cameroon

    When teams play each other is only second in importance to seeing how teams match up when looking at World Cup betting options. Cameroon has the most favorable schedule in Group E by opening against rank outsiders Japan and not facing the Netherlands until their last game. Denmark by contrast must face the Netherlands first and follow that with a game against the Indomitable Lions. While upsets in both these games would make a final game clash with Japan advantageous to Denmark, it is a far from ideal position.

    The final shake-up

    The Netherlands will win this group, it’s that simple. The only question is who goes along for the ride into the knockout rounds. Denmark’s World Cup pedigree, at least prior to the knockout stages, makes this a far from straightforward call.

    While Cameroon possesses a better team, this is no guarantee they will progress. The second game of the group stage between Cameroon and Denmark will prove decisive. Cameroon will know a draw won’t guarantee anything and I fully expect the Indomitable Lions to go all out to win. While the presence of Daniel Agger in defense should keep Denmark in with a shout, the ability of a team with the talent of Cameroon should wear down Denmark and prove the difference in this one.

    Should Cameroon fail to win this game then goal difference will almost certainly be crucial. This is the only scenario where Cameroon’s favourable schedule might backfire. Denmark will know what they need to score against Japan to be in with a shout of catching Cameroon for second place. I don’t expect the group to play out so favorably to Denmark, Cameroon will do enough to take second place.

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