Euro 2012 may have begun on Friday but for many fans it doesn't start until England kick a ball and the wait is over on Monday evening when England take on France.
The odds compilers have found it difficult to separate England and France over the past few months but as more bets have been placed in recent weeks it seems that punters are picking the French over England in the Euro 2012 Odds
England had been a shorter price to win Euro 2012 than France but England have drifted in the outright betting recently from a general 12/1 to 14/1 with most bookies. France have gone the opposite way and are now viewed as the best of the 'outsiders' by many with the odds on the French as low as 9/1 in the outright market. France not only have the edge on the odds but also on recent meetings with three wins over England in the last four matches with the other game ending all square. All those France wins were by a one goal margin and as a result many punters are likely to ignore the 6/4 on France winning the match in favour of France winning the game by exactly one goal at 7/2.
England are without Wayne Rooney for this match and the game against Sweden and England backers are going to get their biggest odds on England in the group stage in this match with England freely available at 2/1. There is normally a flood of patriotic money at this stage in a tournament but there is a massive sense of realism amongst England fans this year with many suggesting this is the worst England team and squad in decades.
In the absence of Wayne Rooney, many question where the goals are going to come from and one player who seems to have been a little overlooked by the bookies is Ashley Young. He has been employed as a second striker so far in the Roy Hodgson reign and he has always had a good eye for goal. He was England's joint top scorer in qualifying with three goals and he is already England's joint top scorer under Hodgson. Young is 9/1 to score first against France and 7/2 to score anytime in the England v France Odds but the bet on Ashley Young that really catches the eye is the 7/1 to be England top scorer. However well or badly England do at Euro 2012 shouldn't impact this bet and with Young looking likely to start every Euro 2012 match, unlike Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck or Andy Carroll, he looks well capable of outscoring his team mates.
The bookies believe that England's most likely stage of elimination is the group stage but England have only been eliminated at the group stage once in 20 years. If England are eliminated in what should be a fairly comfortable group it will be confirmation that this is one of the worst England sides in decades. Click here for all the best bets on England at Euro 2012.