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Denmark's team should mostly be at full strength for its Group B opener, minus Thomas Sorensen, the country's first-choice goalkeeper. Sorensen injured his back against Brazil, in Denmark's first Euro 2012 warm-up game, and was replaced by Leicester City's Kasper Schmeichel as a result.

Denmark have lost two of their three matches in 2012, but won their final preparatory match for Euro 2012 two goals to nil against a good Australia team.

The Netherlands are not quite as fortunate as Denmark, and will be missing Joris Mathijsen, one of their usual starting centre-backs. They'll also feel the absence of Erik Pieters, their usual starting left-back, who was ruled out of this year's competition through injury.

In their place, Ron Vlaar and Jetro Williams will likely be called on to fill the team's holes in defense. Both are solid players who look like they have bright futures ahead of them. Unfortunately, both are very low on experience internationally.

The Netherlands started preparations for Euro 2012 poorly, with a 3-2 loss to Bayern Munich and 2-1 to Bulgaria, but have since bounced back with 2-0 and 6-0 wins over Slovakia and Northern Ireland, respectively.

The Netherlands are an intimidating force for any team in the world to deal with, but their weakness remains their defense. None of the team's defenders can actually consider themselves world-class defenders, even Heitinga and Van der Wiel are better known for their offense than their defense.

If Christian Eriksen can exploit that, and Nicklas Bendtner can finish the numerous scoring opportunities he's sure to be presented with, Denmark could well spring an upset.

For the Netherlands, Denmark's defense is also their biggest weak spot. Daniel Agger is solid, but Kjaer has committed numerous defensive errors at Roma this past season and will come into the tournament low on confidence.

Poulsen and Jacobsen are decent, but they're far below the level of Ibrahim Afellay, Arjen Robben, Dirk Kuyt, Rafael van der Vaart or any of the other players the Netherlands have that can play out wide.

Both defenses will be tested, but I predict that the Netherlands superior offense will allow them to test Denmark's defense more regularly and convert more scoring chances. I think Denmark will score, but the Netherlands will have too much firepower in the end.

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FIFA Ranking
Netherlands: 4
Denmark: 9

Netherlands 55% vs 45% Denmark

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