When these two met in Euro2008 , I was firmly with Romania and the bet was landed as they played out a bore draw, in what many considered the poorest game at the tournament. I think that we will see a more open encounter today, both opened with terrible results, Romania suffered a humiliating 3-0 home defeat to Lithuania and France a 3-1 loss in Austria.
Hosts then went on to record a laboured 1-0 win over the Faroe Islands and all is clearly not right with them. Chivu and Mutu are in the team today, but the last named has yet to hit form this season, or to repay the £13m or so he owes Chelsea, which might be on his mind ! Half of the remaining starting line up is missing and the locals are very unhappy with the players called up as replacements, it is almost universally agreed that the coach has made some very strange choices. I was a fan of Romania in the summer, but want to avoid them at present and will take the French to get their campaign back on track.
Likely French starting eleven : Mandanda; Sagna, Clichy, Abidal, Boumsong; Vieira, Toulalan; Ribéry, Gourcuff, Malouda; Henry
5.5 points France -1/4 ball 2.04 asian line.