Netherlands v Japan Result
World Cup 2010 - Group E
Saturday 19th June 2010
Moses Mabhida Stadium
|Netherlands||1 - 0||Japan|
|Yellow Cards||van der Wiel 36|
Gregory van der Wiel
Giovanni van Bronckhorst
Mark van Bommel
Nigel de Jong
Wesley Sneijder (I Afellay 83)
Rafael van der Vaart (E Elia 72)
Robin van Persie (KJ Huntelaar 88)
Marcus Tanaka Tulio
Daisuke Matsui (Se Nakamura 64)
Makoto Hasebe (S Okazaki 77)
Yoshito Okubo (K Tamada 77)
The Netherlands are the top seeds in Group E and will play Japan at the Moses Mabhida Stadium as they look to continue their march towards the last 16 of the tournament. The Dutch qualified with consummate ease and are the heavy favourites to take care of the weak looking Japanese team who should struggle in a tough section. The Netherlands are well backed to go all the way in the 2010 World Cup but are yet to pick up the trophy so far, they often play brilliant football without having the grit to fight out a win when they are playing poorly.
Japan rarely have any problems in qualifying for the World Cup due to the weak section they occupy but in real terms they look to be out of their depth in a group that also contains the Cameroon and Denmark.
Netherlands v Japan Match Odds
The Netherlands are the big odds-on favourites for this one as most punters would expect against the Japanese who will struggle to register a point in Group E. Japan will be hoping to catch the Dutch on an off day and maybe squeak a draw but the bookies are giving them very little chance of claiming anything here against the well fancied Dutch.
Latest Team News and Key Players
The Netherlands have one of the strongest squads heading to South Africa with all their top players plying their trade in the big leagues across Europe, if they can get all their main men on the field then they should have no problems brushing aside Japan. Any injuries for the Dutch could cause upset within the camp and we will be watching them closely in the build up to this one.
Japan will also need to be at full strength against the Netherlands if they are to stand any chance at all, they lack the experience of the Dutch and will be hoping to cause a big upset. We will be very close to the Japanese Camp throughout the tournament so will have all the team news and starting line-ups before anyone else.
The two sides did meet last year in a friendly match when the Netherlands comprehensively brushed aside Japan 3-0, that is a sign of things to come and highlights the gulf between the two teams. Japan will need to vastly improve if they are to reverse the form and claim an unlikely win against the Netherlands.
We cant see past the Dutch for this one and they look set to take a giant leap towards the knock out stage with a comfortable win over Japan at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.