A Northern European showdown of sorts takes place this afternoon at 13:30 local time (12:30 BST, 13:30 CET) as the FIFA World Cup 2010 Group E match between the Netherlands and Denmark will kick off.
Below are the Starting Elevens for this football match.
Netherlands Starting XI
Maarten Stekelenburg, Gregory van der Wiel, John Heitinga, Joris Mathijsen, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Dirk Kuyt, Mark van Bommel, Wesley Sneijder, Nigel de Jong, Rafael van der Vaart, Robin van Persie
Denmark Starting XI
Thomas Sorensen, Daniel Agger, Simon Kjaer, Lars Jacobsen, Simon Poulsen, Martin Jorgensen, Christian Poulsen, Thomas Enevoldsen, Thomas Kahlenberg, Dennis Rommedahl, Nicklas Bendtner
Referee: Stephane Lannoy of France
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The Netherlands have an excellent squad of players who play for some of the finest clubs in Europe, which will make them strong favourites as they line up against an ageing and slightly thin-looking Denmark starting XI.
Denmark have a number of able defenders, and an experienced first-choice goalkeeper, however, so it will be up to Holland’s progressive midfield and dangerous attackers to take any opportunities that present themselves.
Robin van Persie is the most likely source of Dutch goals as the Arsenal man has begun to hit form of late following an injury interrupted start to the 09/10 season.
At the other end, Dennis Rommedahl used to be a lightning fast winger, but, though he has lost a couple of seconds of top speed, he will still be their most likely source of attacking danger.
Denmark will need Bendtner to score everything that falls his way, and also to have a barnstorming performance at the back if they are to get any sort of result.
The best result for Denmark in this match would, in truth, be a draw, however, it would not be impossible for them to grab this game 1-0 with a tight performance at the back and an under-achieving Netherlands side. That is unlikely, though, so our prediction is a slightly cosy 2-0 win to the Dutch.