Well good peeps. We are back on air. Last time we did a Live Blog (Spain) we lost the blog for days, so please be patient and don’t hit the refresh button too often :-).
Lets hope we are ready for this!
I am watching this in the middle of the night with some good friends (Aussie supporters) and – in all honesty – not so confident as normal.
Playing Spain will bring the best out of Holland (as did playing Brazil in 2010) but against minions (with all respect) is not always easy for us…
Anyway, join me at this exciting second game of Oranje. If we win: we are through! If we don’t, we are not (yet) :-).
What to expect? The Aussies will not play as arrogant as the Spanish. They will want to take the game to Holland but they will be cautious. It will either be a tough, fast paced game or the Aussies will be too cautious in their approach and Holland might be too smart not to attack like crazy. Which could result in a boring match, where a patient Holland will snatch the 3 points with one or two goals difference.
It seems that Louis van Gaal wants to play with the same team in the same line up. So 5-3-2, is the general expectation.
By the way, the Dutch hockey team was basically humiliated by a very fit and agile Aussie team: 6-1. The Dutch fans fear a similar fit and physically demanding Socceroo team. I am not sure. In hockey, Australia is world class. Not so much in