Live on BBC1: Sat 17.00: Runners-up in the last World Cup, the Netherlands will fancy their chances of going one better in this competition but in what is being nicknamed the ‘group of death’, they’ll need to get off to a flying start in what is on paper their easiest match, against Denmark.
Bert van Marwijk’s side are worthy favourites at 8/13 with Boylesports, against well-organised but limited opponents, Stan James’ 11/2 underdogs, but they might not have it all their own way and it could be an encounter in which the Danes expose some Dutch defensive vulnerability.
In attack, Robin van Persie is bound to attract first scorer cash at 7/2 with Betfred from punters in England familiar with his Premier League exploits this season but bet365’s 9/2 for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to break the deadlock is slightly more attractive given his recent performances for his country. The Schalke man also looks a touch overpriced at 6/4 (Sportingbet) to notch at any time.
Klaas-Jan Hunterlaar to score first – 9/2 (bet365)