World Cup Group E betting preview
World Cup Group E odds, tips and free bets
In Group E, the bookies seem to believe that Holland will qualify with relative ease leaving Cameroon and Denmark to fight over 2nd place, and Japan as huge outsiders. Victor Chandler are offering odds of 4/5 on Holland to qualify for the 2nd round as group leaders which seems like a fairly safe bet. Anything other than that will be a huge shock given their undoubted talents and impeccable qualification campaign. They were one of only two teams from Europe to qualify with a 100% winning record meaning they will not only be favourites to win their group, but also one of the favourites to win the whole competition. Bearing their 100% qualification record, a good bet could be on them maintaining that run and winning every game in the group stages of the finals, this is available at 17/4 (expect.com).
The battle for 2nd spot in this group is a very tough one to call. Both teams can be found at 6/5 to qualify meaning that some bookies are having difficulties trying to split the two sides. Denmark did remarkably well to qualify automatically from such a tough qualification group which included Portugal and intense rivals Sweden. The most impressive result perhaps being a 3-2 win in Portugal. The current squad has a nice blend of youth and experience within it. Thomas Sorensen and Jon Dahl Tomasson have close to 200 caps between them, and this experience combined with some talented younger players such as Daniel Agger and Nicklas Bendter will make Denmark a competitive side in South Africa.
Cameroon qualified for the world cup fairly comfortably and will be particularly delighted to be there given it’s taking place in Africa. This may be a slight advantage to them over their main group rivals Denmark as they will be more familiar with the climate, pitches etc. Similarly to Denmark, Cameroons squad contains a mixture of experience and youth. Samuel Eto’o will always pose a goal threat upfront and will have to be marshalled well by any defence to keep him quiet. Although Cameroon have failed to progress to the second round since 1990, the advantage they may gain from knowing the environment may just give them the edge over Denmark and 6/5 (BETFRED) may prove good value.
The underdogs in group E are certainly Japan. Although they qualified fairly convincingly, they will face much better teams in this group than they did in qualification. Odds of 56/19 (expect.com) may be tempting to some; however their chances of qualification are very slim indeed. They may have the ability to cause one shock but their squad is likely to be too weak to pose any real threat to the other teams in terms of qualification.
Tips for Group E
Holland to qualify with maximum points- 17/4 (expect.com)
Holland to win the group with Cameroon 2nd- 3/1 (SKYBET)
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