Three nations will try to join France in the Euro 2016 second stage as the home squad appears to be the favorites to win group A without many problems.
The French are not only the home nation but the second favorites behind Germany to win this tournament, listed at 4.5 at the Online Sportsbook Bodog. Anything but seen France in the first place would be a devastating surprise for the squad led by manager Didier Deschamps.
– France (1.45) vs Romania (10.5), Draw (4.75) | June 10, 21:00 | Stade de France, Saint-Denis
– Albania (6.7) vs Switzerland (1.67), Draw (4.05) | June 11, 15:00 | Stadium: Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens
– Romania (4.3) vs Switzerland (1.95), Draw (3.5) | June 15, 18:00 | Parc des Princes, Paris
– France (1.22) vs Albania (17.0), Draw (6.5) | Junes 15, 21:00 | Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille Métropole
– Switzerland (4.8) vs France (1.91), Draw (3.4) | June 19, 21:00 | Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille Métropole
– Romania (1.95) vs Albania (4.4), Draw (3.4) | June 19, 21:00 | Stade de Lyon, Lyon
The French are a two-time European Champions winners who will be playing in front of their fans. France Odds to win the Euro 2016 listed at them at 1.36 to win the tournament. However, their off-field issue could end up messing up all their plans.
Switzerland are a familiar face in big tournaments and are favorites to join France in the second place. The Swiss are listed at 4.5 to win Group A. Led by newcomer Vladimir Petković; they have become one of the most complicated teams to beat due to their defensive style.
“It is a pleasure to be in a group with France, who are one of the favourites, not only in our group but also for the tournament as a whole. It is extra motivation, too, because we had some difficulties in our last match against France, so we can show that we have developed and come on; we could even spring a surprise”, explained Vladimir Petković, the Switzerland coach.
Third on the list ar the Romanians, who are listed at 9.0 to reach an upset and win group A. They return to this stage after missing the Euro 2012. Their last participation was in 2008 where they were eliminated in the group stage. Romania’s best performance was in 2000, where they reached the quarterfinals before losing to Italy.
Albania will be in their first major tournament appearance, and the Euro 2016 Odds knows it, putting them at 26.0 to win Group A. Keep an eye on Lorik Cana; he’s the team’s leader on defense, with close to 100-caps with his National team.