Having been placed in the group of death containing Germany, Portugal and Hungary for the Euros, France will have their work cut out progressing.
But the current World Cup holders and losing finalists at the last Euro will back themselves to get the job done. Expertly coached by Didier Deschamps, who’s been in charge since 2012, and boasting an incredibly talented squad, France are justifiably still the favourites to win the tournament at $5.
Rated ahead of some superb teams in the form of England, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Italy, Holland and Croatia, this is a testament by the bookies towards their credentials.
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Possessing an exceptional set of attacking options, which is headlined by Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, and is only made stronger by Real Madrid star man Karim Benzema’s return, they’ll be an offensive force to be reckoned with. In addition, the likes of Olivier Giroud, Wissam Ben Yedder, Ousmane Dembele and Kingsley Coman further illustrates their wealth of talent in this area. The fact they have three men in the top 10 in the Golden Boot betting duly punctuates their firepower.
Then, in midfield, the likes of Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba, Chelsea’s Champions League winning maestro N’Golo Kante and Juventus’ Adrien Rabiot ensure they’re strong in this area.
Full of class defensively, Raphael Varane, Jules Kounde, Clement Lenglet, Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe and Benjamin Pavard ensure they’re not short of quality of depth here either.
Hugo Lloris in goal then rounds the team out, as he’s ably supported by Mike Maignan and Steve Mandanda.
As they’ve shown in the past, they’re always a tough team to beat due to the immense talent and depth of their squad. Moreover, seeing as the players are so familiar and settled with Deschamps’ game plan, this only increases their chances of success.
Favourites and reigning world champions, France will still need to be on top of their game from the off just to get out of their challenging group. If they can do that, this will give them immense confidence they can go on and charge through the tournament.