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England France Betting Tips – Major Euro Names Battle To A Stalemate

Posted by Todd Shale on 6/8/2012 4:15:19 PM

Online betting players should prepare for a cagey match between France and England, which opens up Group D at Euro 2012, as both of these big names have had to make a lot of changes to their team over the last few months. Don’t expect a lot of excitement in Ukraine.

What: Soccer Betting
When: Monday, June 11th, 12:00 PM ET
Where: Donbass Arena, Donetsk, Ukraine
Pick: Draw

Why Bet On England

England has a few selection issues ahead of this game, and it starts up front as Wayne Rooney is suspended for the first two matches of the group stage due to red cards. Andy Carroll and Danny Wellbeck figure to be the main options for manager Roy Hodgson, who managed Carroll at Liverpool, so he could prefer his size, although Wellbeck’s pace and intelligent running makes him a threat as well. You should expect five midfielders, led by captain Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker, although the flanks are going to be a problem, as they usually are for England. Ashley Young led England with four assists during qualification and he should earn a spot, but Stewart Downing on the left doesn’t scare anyone. At the back, John Terry needs to have a monster performance as his inclusion in the squad over Rio Ferdinand after losing the armband due to off-pitch issues is going to be examined throughout the tournament. And who will line up beside him in central defense in front of keeper Joe Hart? Chelsea teammate Gary Cahill is injured, which means that Jolean Lescott will probably get the call.

Hodgson is excellent when it comes to working with what he has, and he will likely take a practical approach to this game, aiming to get at least a point. He has never been known to be an offensive genius, which is good because England doesn’t have a lot of attacking options. Expect Hodgson to focus on the back, and he’ll put Parker right in front of the back four, but he’ll also depend on Gerrard to support whoever the lone striker will be.

Why Bet On France

France, who won this event in 1984 and 2000, will have to make some major decisions as well as midfielder Yann M’Vila is unlikely to feature because of a sprained ankle, and that robs the French of their best defensive midfielder. Yohan Cabaye will have to take up more of the slack in the middle of the pitch, although manager Laurent Blanc will want someone who can stay back and shield the defense, where the French are weak in the center. They may even have to move a fullback into the heart of the defense in front of captain Hugo Lloris, but that isn’t the most optimal choice.

Up front, Karim Benzema should lead the line with a trio of attackers supporting him. However, there are a few problems as Franck Ribery has struggled to replicate his national-team form of 2006, and he was one of the ringleaders of the 2010 revolt in South Africa. There are stories that Blanc doesn’t get along with Samir Nasri, who had a solid first campaign with Manchester City and may be the most creative player that France has. Florent Malouda will also be an option for the French, but the key man is Benzema, who replaces all-time leading goalscorer Thierry Henry.

Blanc has settled the team after what happened in South Africa and everyone is on board with the team’s goals; they also know that if something like that ever happens again, they’ll never wear the blue shirt. Blanc knows what is like to play for France as he has 97 caps with the national team and won a host of honors, including the 1998 World Cup and the 2000 Euro Cup. He understands the responsibility that comes with the blue shirt and Blanc will try to pass that on to these players; if they don’t understand, they end up on the bench.

How It Will Play Out

France is a +145 soccer betting favorite in this Group D opener, while England comes in at +190 and a draw is rated at +220. England has won 16 and drawn four of their 28 meetings with France, but the French came away with a 2-1 win in a friendly at Wembley Stadium and they certainly aren’t going to back down.

The attacking options for both teams leave a lot to be desired and that is why a tie score seems to be the most likely outcome. Neither team is particularly fast, so it is going to be a slow-paced match and whoever can take advantage of the other’s mistakes. You can also receive a little value for a draw, so pick that option in your sports betting book on Monday.

England France Betting Pick: Draw


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