Holland v Denmark: World Cup finalists to start Euros with victory

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With a pedigree in major tournaments evident most recently in their march to the 2010 World Cup final, Holland are afforded a generous 4/7 price to beat Denmark on Saturday.

In what looks a desperately difficult group to qualify from, both sides will be eager to gain a positive result ahead of meetings with Germany and Portugal, and Denmark are 11/2 shots to triumph.

The draw is 11/4 meanwhile, and punters backing that outcome will be encouraged by the fact that the nations have played out stalemates in five of their last seven meetings.

There does appear a gulf in class between the sides however, and the Dutch look good to utilise their superior squad strength by recording a comfortable victory.

Holland have kept clean sheets in each of their last two matches headed into Euro 2012, and look appealing prospects at 11/10 to hold firm again here.

They also won each of those games in which they didn’t concede, and thus look well worth investment at 6/4 to win to nil on Saturday.

Also lending weight to the belief that these odds are worth paying attention to, is the fact that the Netherlands won two of their three group games without conceding in their last European championship campaign.

That included the first game of their 2008 competition appearance, and with the Dutch going on to average three goals per game during the group stage, they appeal at 11/10 to notch two or three times against Denmark.

Bert van Marwijk’s men also appear an attractive bet to win a game featuring three or more goals at 7/4, given the vast array of attacking talent within their ranks.

Of that aforementioned talent, Robin Van Persie could be the pick, with the Arsenal striker 7/5 to score in a Dutch success.

Van Persie can alternatively be backed at 7/2 to get the game’s opener, and after 37 Gunners goals last term, he will see plenty of support at that price.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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