There is no phrase in U.S. sporting culture analogous to "dead rubber" - probably a good thing. With the long baseball, basketball and hockey seasons, the soccer term used to describe a inconsequential match would be used more often than a Stuart Scott verbal lobotomizer.
One of the best phrases in soccer culture, dead rubber gives you an indication of the importance of today's Netherlands-Cameroon match. Cameroon is eliminated while the Netherlands can only give up first place in Group E if they lose and see Japan or Denmark turn around a goal difference advantage that stands at +3 entering today's match.
Expect a number of chances for both teams. The Netherlands see Nigel de Jong, Gregory van der Wiel and Robin van Persie carrying yellow cards. They're unlikely to play. For Cameroon, expect some younger players to see time to not only get players experience but also give the Lions, carrying zero points into today's match, a changed look.
Netherlands, Going Forward: This is the reason why the Dutch are loved, and even if Wesley Sneijder and Rafael van der Vaart join Robin van Persie on the bench, the Oranje will still entertain. Players like Klass Jan-Huntelaar, Eljero Elia and Ibrahim Afellay play with the same used of space and movement that we've come the love from Holland. Putting them into the lineup will do nothing to change that.
And their presence in the lineup will take little quality from the Dutch. Of course, these players aren't as good as the near-all-world talents they're replacing, but most teams in this tournament would love to have the likes of Elia and Afellay - Cameroon included.
More worrisome for the Lions, these players use the wide areas as well as those they're replacing, a particular problem for a Cameroon side that desperately lacks wide players in the midfield.
Cameroon, Going Forward: The Lions have not been able to figure it out. A defensive miscue from the Danes in the second match gave them a goal. Beyond that, the Lions haven't had much in the way of creativity or legitimate opportunities.
Against the Netherlands, that's unlikely to chance. The Dutch are capable of holding the ball for 70 percent of this match, and unless Cameroon can find a midfield player who can take advantage of the few runs of possession the Lions will have, the Netherlands may as well have the ball 100 percent of the match. Cameroon has no players in the middle of the pitch who can provide for the likes of Samuel Eto'o - thus, their current state in Group E.
How The Match Turns: When the Dutch go up a couple of goals, the play will seem perfunctory, and Cameroon may have a chance for goals. While it should not be competitive, the match should be entertaining - an open affair that will display the skill of some Dutch players who have yet to see meaningful time in this tournament.