The second international tournament out of 3 this summer will begin in France, which is EURO 2016. This tournament generally is considered one of the best tournaments around the world, on par with the World Cup in the eyes of many, as it has most of the top teams in the world.
France come into this tournament with some great form and also have home comforts, and thereby are also among the favourites to win this tournament. They will want to get this tournament off to a bang with a solid victory in their opening encounter. The team’s forwards in Greizmann, Giroud and Payet are all in cracking form as we have seen in their games against Scotland and Cameroon, where they netted 3 goals in each of those games. The key player for the team will definitely be Paul Pogba, who will be dictating the pace of this game by providing defensive cover along with Matuidi and Kante along with bombing up front to help out the front 3. Defensively France have the talent to keep things tight at the back, but will expect the midfield to drop back and defend especially when the full backs bomb forward.
Romania come into this encounter losing a 4-3 encounter to Ukraine and smashing lowly Georgia by a score of 5-1. The confidence in the team will be high because of that last performance, but have not faced a team of France’s quality since a couple of draws against Spain and Italy over the last 6 months. Romania will be looking to even grab a draw which would be a success for them. The problem for Romania will be scoring goals, as we expect France to find the back of the net. Romania only netted 11 goals in the poorest group in the qualification campaign. Qualifying against Northern Ireland, Faroe Islands, Finland, Hungary & Greece wouldn’t give any team a scare on their potential to win this encounter.
I expect France to start of this home tournament in a cracking way by entertaining the fans and securing a good result to get them on their way to qualifying to the 2nd round. I back France on the Asian Handicap -1,-1.5 (if they win by 1 you get half your money back; if they win by 2 or more you win; any other result is a loss)
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