The crystal ball changes from minute to minute. This is a tough one. If the Dutch show up the way they did against Italy and the French show up the way they did against Romania, it’s relatively easy to call the Dutch winners. However, I think the Dutch drop a bit, even with Van Persie possibly starting and the French do better simply because the Dutch will not have 10 men behind the ball like Romania. There will be more space for the French midfield. I also think Andre Ooijer and Joris Mathijesen are going to have a much harder time with Benzema and Anelka/Henry/Gomis.
Domenech needs to start Nasri so that there is more speed and energy going forward else the French midfield will be overrun by the faster Dutch set up of Van der Vaart, Engelaar and Sneijder. Toulalan and Maka should be enough to slow down the Dutch and give the defense numbers against Ruud and company. Unsure of how solid Gallas and Thuram are in the middle of the park since Romania didn’t really test them. Should be a barnstormer.
I still can’t figure out how to call it, but I think there will be goals and I think its a 2 all draw, with the French the more likely to win the game. Will update once we know the Italy v Romania result.
Pre-game prediction: France 2 Holland 2
Ruud and Benzema will score…