The much anticipated Euro 2016 is finally here, and the influx of football teams, fans, tourists and media representatives from all over the world into France is a sign enough that we’re in for the largest football event of 2016. The opening match between France and Romania, scheduled for 11 June 2016 at 20.00 BST, will be held in a sold-out Stade de France. Just like the lucky ticket holders, punters have something to relish. Below is a rundown of betting tips and predictions for France versus Romania as offered by Bet365 and a superficial guide on game and who to back with your spare cash.
Betting Tips France vs Romania: Allez Les Blues!
The hosts are hands down hot favorites to lift the trophy come July 10, and the journey in the right direction will only begin with a win in the opening fixture. The France squad, packed with superstars like Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann, will be looking for a repeat of 1984 when Michel Platini and his boys conquered Europe.
Due to the conventional automatic qualification for the host nation, Les Bleus have not been engaged in any competitive outings recently, and plausibly Didier Deschamps has been resting key players to avoid unnecessary injuries and fatigue in France’s last few friendlies leading up to the Euro 2016. That possibly gives the team an edge over the regardless weaker Romania side, and nothing less than a win will be accepted by the coach and the fans.
Romania come into the match fresh from thrashing Georgia 5-1 in their latest friendly, and a recent streak of 18 matches without a loss – ended by the Ukraine last week – should boost their confidence as they prepare to meet the hosts in the opener. Les Bleus also begin their campaign in the wake of a record of 9 wins in 10 of their most recent games, with a 2-0 loss to England the only thing tainting an otherwise remarkable streak.
Maybe their recent forms won’t count as the teams have faced opponents of different strengths, but a look into the history between them would provide a steadfast appraisal viewpoint. The two nations are on the verge of meeting for the tenth time in history, and to all appearances, it has been a one-sided contention. In a word, France have not lost in any one of the encounters; they have won five and lost four scoring a total of 11 goals against five in the process.
France are 3/10 to win according to Bet365, which is a pretty plausible betting tips with history in mind, while a Romania Draw or win double chance has alluring odds of 12/5, and might be one the betting tips you like.
Olivier Giroud favorite to score the first goal for France
In an attacking trio of Anthony Martial, Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann, odds to score the first goal as offered by Bet365 are 9/2 for Anthony Martial, 15/4 for Olivier Giroud and 3/1 for Antoine Griezmann. To score anytime the three players have been quoted at 7/5, 6/5 and 10/11 respectively.
One man to not overlook is Andre Pierre Gignac, the striker from Tigres (Mexico). The odds for him to score anytime are set at 8/5 and for him to net the first goal at 5/1. There might be some value in that last bet, offered by Bet365. On the bottom of the article there is a short clip of Gignac’s goals and top action in 2016.
For Romania, on the other hand, striker Bogdan Stancu has been given odds of 5/1 to find the net anytime and 14/1 to break the deadlock. Odds offered by Bet365. Stancu has played 40 international games for his country so far, netting a total of 9 goals.
How many goals can be expected during France vs Romania?
These two teams have only managed to score 16 goals over nine matches between them – an average of less than two goals per match – and that’s why Bet365 have derived their odds. They have set the odds for +2.5 goals at 1/1 and those for -2.5 at 4/5. For the risk takers, this is definitely a wobbly projection by the bookmaker that you would want to exploit and a potentially good betting tips.
Also, if you think Antoine Griezmann and co. will score more than three goals – +2.5 France team goals – the odds are given by Bet365 at 6/4, which again could prove to be a very worthy risk and is one of the better betting tips.
Will both France and Romania be able to find the net?
If you already believe the game is France’s for the taking, here are a few things you need to consider: France have won 9 of their last 10 matches but have managed only three clean sheets while Romania have scored in 7 of their last 8 outings. Although many of these matches were friendlies, and therefor in general need a different judgement, in the case of France these matches could be considered as regular international games. France has been qualified automatically into 2016 as hosts and only had the possibility of playing friendlies, which they have approached as if it were qualification matches.
The above mentioned statistics tells you that the chances of both teams scoring are pretty high and, at 7/4, worth staking some flutter for. With such odds, offered by Bet365, this is one of the betting tips that has good chance of landing.
France vs Romania: France to win at half time/full time
France winning the first game is virtually only a confirmation away, and Bet365 have given low odds of 1/3 for it to harmonize the universal forecast. A three way bet backing France to be ahead both at halftime and full time is definitely less likely but has compelling odds of 4/5.
Recent outings say a lot about France’s attacking department: they will press high on the pitch in the first few minutes in pursuit of an early opener before settling gradually with the tempo. If Romania are not compact at the back, there’s a likelihood we see a goal at the very first minutes of the game.
Gignac — Goals 2016 — Tigres UANL
France and Romania squads and shirt numbers for the opening match of Euro 2016
Find below the full 23-man squads of both France and Romania including their shirt numbvers. Both national coaches will pick their starting line-up from these 23 players.
We will keep you updated on any news regarding betting tips, line-ups, and as soon as they have been released, you can find them here.
The referee’s for tonights match between France and Romania
10/06/2016 | Stade de France, Paris
20.00 France – Romania
Asstistant: G. Ring
Assistant: V. Toth
Fourth official: B. Kuipers
Line up France: tba
Line up Romania: tba
Euro 2016 France 23-man squad and shirt numbers
|Squad Number||Name||Position||Date of birth||Age||Club|
|12||Hugo Lloris||GK||26/12/1986||29||Tottenham Hotspur|
|23||Steve Mandanda||GK||28/03/1985||31||Olympique Marseille|
|2||Christophe Jallet||Def||31/10/1983||32||Olympique Lyon|
|13||Eliaquim Mangala||Def||13/02/1991||25||Manchester City|
|17||Lucas Digne||Def||20/07/1993||22||AS Roma|
|19||Bacary Sagna||Def||14/02/1983||33||Manchester City|
|22||Samuel Umtiti||Def||14/11/1993||22||Olympique Lyon|
|5||N'Golo Kanté||MF||29/03/1991||25||Leicester City|
|6||Yohan Cabaye||MF||14/01/1986||30||Crystal Palace|
|8||Dimitri Payet||MF||29/03/1987||29||West Ham United|
|12||Morgan Schneiderlin||MF||08/11/1989||26||Manchester United|
|14||Blaise Matuidi||MF||09/04/1987||29||Paris St. Germain|
|18||Moussa Sissoko||MF||16/08/1989||26||Newcastle United|
|20||Kingsley Coman||MF||13/06/1996||19||Bayern Munich|
|7||Antoine Griezmann||ST||21/03/1991||25||Atlético Madrid|
|11||Anthony Martial||ST||05/12/1995||20||Manchester United|
Euro 2016 Romania 23-man squad and shirt numbers
|Squad Number||Name||Date of birth||Age||Club|
|23||Silviu Lung||GK||04/06/1989||27||Astra Giurgiu|
|2||Alexandru Matel||DF||17/10/1989||26||Dinamo Zagreb|
|3||Razvan Rat||DF||26/05/1981||35||Rayo Vallecano|
|15||Valerica Gaman||DF||25/02/1989||27||Astra Giurgiu|
|16||Steliano Filip||DF||15/05/1994||22||Dinamo Bucuresti|
|5||Ovidiu Hoban||MF||27/12/1982||33||H. Beer Sheva|
|7||Alexandru Chipciu||MF||18/05/1989||27||Steaua Bucharest|
|8||Mihai Pintilii||MF||09/11/1984||31||Steaua Bucharest|
|10||Nicolae Stanciu||MF||07/05/1993||23||Steaua Bucharest|
|20||Adrian Popa||MF||24/07/1988||27||Steaua Bucharest|
|9||Denis Alibec||ST||05/01/1991||25||Astra Giurgiu|
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