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Look Beyond the Obvious when backing France at EURO 2016

Euro 2016 gets underway on Friday with host nation France taking on Romania.  It’s a game in which France will expect nothing less than three points.

The odds on a victory for Didier Deschamps’ team on the opening day are somewhat prohibitive at around 1.30, but there is value to be had if you want to back France to win to nil (around 1.73).  You can get a similar price on a French win with Under 3.5 goals in the match.

Romania might not be the strongest opposition, but they are likely to be set-up well defensively by Anghel Iordenescu and it could take a while for France to make the initial breakthrough. That being the case, it is also worth considering backing the 2nd half as the Highest Scoring Half at 2.15 with Sportingbet.

There will be a variety of Euro 2016 betting offers available in the lead up to the start of Euro 2016 that can help provide some extra value.  Keep an eye open for enhanced odds too, with some offers providing an opportunity to back the likes of France at sometimes vastly improved prices to win individual matches or even the tournament itself.

Even in the absence of several squad regulars for one reason or another (not selecting Karim Benzema is already looking like a sound decision in terms of squad harmony given his recent comments in the press), France should have few problems in navigating their way out of Group A and will fancy their chances of doing so with maximum points in the bag (France securing nine points in Group A is available at 2.88 with Ladbrokes).

In light of Benzema’s absence, Antoine Griezmann looks the obvious candidate to be Les Bleus leading goalscorer in the finals at around 3.00.  Given that France should go deep into the latter stages of the tournament, you would expect the leading scorer to be a forward and Griezmann looks the likeliest regular starter.

He can also be backed at around 11.00 to be the outright leading scorer at Euro 2016.  With France being tournament favourites and having what should be a relatively straightforward group stage, that’s not bad value.

An alternative to backing France on the outright market to win Euro 2016 at a best price of 4.20 (BWin), it could prove worthwhile to look at the Player of the Tournament market.  It would seem highly likely that the winning team will also provide the winning player in this bet and France have two obvious candidates in Paul Pogba at 13.00 (BWin) and Griezmann (15.00 with various bookmakers).

There will be a variety of other such ‘novelty’ markets available throughout the finals and you can sometimes find some great value in these.  It might sometimes require opening a new account to get specific offers only available with certain bookmakers but, with so many Euro 2016 betting offers up for grabs, you can usually secure a free bet in doing so.

If the draw pans out as anticipated by the bookmakers, France are scheduled to face Germany in the semi-finals. Obviously not everything will go as predicted during the group stage games but, like France, Germany really should win their group and the two can’t meet until the last four should that be the case.  On that basis, France look to be a decent value bet at 1.83 with Boylesports to reach at least the semi-final stage.

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