A cracking day of Euro 2012 action on Saturday starts with Netherlands versus Denmark and I’m expecting goals.
There is no easy section in Poland/Ukraine but Group B at the finals is undoubtedly the toughest and any of the four sides will do will to advance.
Netherlands are favoured to do so alongside market leaders Germany but both Denmark and Portugal, who make up the quartet, cannot be written off and each of the six matches are sure to be fiercely contested.
The Dutch arrive at the finals with an attacking unit to rival any of the other 15 nations and manager Bert van Marwijk is simply spoilt for choice.
With the likes of Rafael van der Vaart and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar likely to be deemed only good enough to start on the bench, the Netherlands’ options are almost limitless going forward and they’d be a lot shorter in the outright betting were it not for a fragile back line.
The Netherlands’ run to the 2010 World Cup final suggested they have what it takes to go all the way at a major tournament but the ageing legs of Mark van Bommel and the thuggish Nigel de Jong don’t quite offer the protection in midfield they used to and Denmark will fancy their chances of causing their opponents problems.
No bigger than 1.66 to start with a win, van Marwijk’s team are on the short side and I think they’ll have to score at least twice if they are to start with the desired maximum points.
There’s no doubt Denmark are Group B underdogs, as big as 100/1 to lift the trophy, but they are an emerging side and in Christian Eriksen possess a playmaker with real quality.
The Ajax man is central to everything good about Denmark going forward and they will be hoping to extend a sequence of having found the opponents’ net in 18 of their previous 20 matches.
With Germany versus Portugal to follow this clash, the tone should be set for a memorable night and the 2.10 on offer with Ladbrokes about both teams scoring looks very fair to me.
2pts Back Both Teams To Score (Netherlands vs. Denmark) @ 2.10 (Ladbrokes)