World Cup: SBI's Group E Preview

World Cup: SBI's Group E Preview

World Cup 2010

World Cup: SBI's Group E Preview

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By ADAM SERRANO

Group E is one of the deepest groups in the World Cup as each nation will believe that they have the ability to advance to the knock out stages.

The Netherlands have always relied on their attacking flair and in 2010, the story remains the same as Wesley Sneijder and Robin Van Persie lead a fierce dutch attack. For all their attacking prowess, the nation will start the tournament without the talismanic Arjen Robben who is out of the opening match against Denmark with a hamstring pull. The main question mark for the Oranje will be the suspect goalkeeping of Maarten Stekelenburg who will need to step up for the Dutch to reach the peak.

Cameroon comes to the tournament as one of the African nations capable of making a long run. Arguably Africa's best striker, Samuel Eto'o leads the attack of the Indomitable Lions, but the forward will be heavily targeted as nations look to steal points away from Cameroon. While Eto'o is the star, youngsters like Alexandre Song will be responsible for creating scoring opportunities for the Indomitable Lions' explosive attack.

Denmark is led by Morten Olsen, the longest tenured manager at the World Cup having served for ten years as the Danes coach. The Danes may not have global superstars on their team, but are a disciplined unit led by a tenacious midfield with Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen at the helm. Forward Nicklas Bendtner will be responsible for providing the attacking punch in the Danes workmanlike offense.

Japan enters the tournament with high expectations after manager Takeshi Okada stated that his goal was to reach the semi-finals. For the Blue Samurai to get out of one of the deepest groups, the nation's often questionable defense anchored by captain Yuji Nakazawa must be able to shut down the prominent offenses of their opponents. With a complete defensive performance, Japan's speedy wingers may be able to stretch defenses and steal a result.

Here is SBI's take on Group E:

WORLD CUP GROUP E

Top Players to Watch

Wesley Sneijder, Netherlands

Robin van Persie, Netherlands

Nicklas Bendtner, Denmark

Samuel Eto'o, Cameroon

Carlos Kameni, Cameroon

Yasuhito Endo, Japan

Young Players to Watch

Eljero Elia, Netherlands

Simon Kjaer, Denmark

Alexandre Song, Cameroon

Nicolas N'Koulou, Cameroon

Keisuke Honda, Japan

SBI's Predicted Order of Finish

1. Netherlands

2. Cameroon

3. Denmark

4. Japan

The Netherlands' loaded offense should make up for suspect goalkeeping and allow the Oranje to finish first in the face of difficult opposition. Playing on their home continent should pay dividends for Cameroon as the nation is one of Africa's strongest sides. The Danish and the Japanese will provide a threat, but will ultimately be unable to prevent the Indomitable Lions from advancing to the knock out stages.

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