Morten Olsen’s Denmark side will kick-off their World Cup campaign in Soccer City, Johannesburg with a tricky encounter against the in-form Netherlands who approach the tie unbeaten in their previous nineteen matches, an impressive run which stretches back to September 08′.
Whilst Denmark do not approach the encounter with form on their side having suffered consecutive defeats to Australia and South Africa, they do however bring an omen into the encounter. The Dane’s have collected three points from all of their group openers in previous World Cup campaigns and Denmark manager Morten Olsen will be hoping the omen can continue as some key players are set to miss the Group E curtain-raiser.
An outbreak of a virus has threatened the Denmark camp in recent days with Morten Olsen contracting the illness although it is not believed it has spread to the players.
The Dane’s approach the opener lacking much threat upfront. The prowess of captain Jon Dahl Tomasson will be missed as the veteran Dane has failed recover in time for the opener, as has Nicklas Bendtner who has failed to shrug off a groin-strain.
With attacking options limited manager Morten Olsen has shifted the focus on defence as Simon Kjaer is expected to line up alongside Daniel Agger having recovered from an injury which threatened his tournament.
Thomas Sorenson is expected to lead his nation out into Denmark’s first World Cup since 02′ after recovering from a dislocated elbow.