Euro 2008 Group C Predictions
So, after watching Croatia give a wonderful impression of England and Germany win their first game at Championships since 1996, today gives us the first day we’ve been waiting for. Group C is the Group of Death, where one of the big boys will definitely go out. Yet I think it will be worse than that, I think two of them will not qualify from this group but more of that later.The first game sees France play Romania in Zurich and I think we’ll have our first shock today. I see the French struggling to get to grips with the Romanians, too many key players are carrying knocks and age is certainly in danger of catching up with Makelele and Thuram in this tournament. Vieira, Henry and Ribery are all doubtful or out of the game completely depending on what you believe, the manager has started to use Astrology to pick his team and Romania are keen to show everyone why they took 4 points of Holland in the qualifiers. I see Romania pinching this one, either 2-1 or 3-2. In Chivu, Mutu, Lobont, Rat and Contra, they’ve top quality players, eager to show pride for their country.In tonight’s match, Holland meet Italy in what should be a mouth-watering clash. Holland though have been rocked with the news that Arjen Robben cannot play tonight on top of a training ground bust up between Van Persie and Sneijder. There is absolutely no doubting the quality that Holland have in midfield and up front but it is at the back that they need to be concerned. They look lightweight and will struggle in this group with the quality of forwards they’ll have to cope with.Adding to the weight of that, their last victory over Italy in a competitive match was in 1978 and Italy are the now the World Champions. Italy have no major worries for tonight, with only a slight doubt over right back Christian Panucci who’ll be glad he doesn’t have to face Robben tonight. Italy will have far too much for the Dutch to cope with tonight and I fancy 2-0 to the Italians. The quality of possession will be key and the Italians will easily pick their way through Holland to take 3 points.