Euro 2016 Predictions: Will France win Euro 2016?
The Euro 2016 hosts are also joint favourites to win the tournament this summer – but can France really win Euro 2016 in their own back yard?
The last time France held a major tournament, the 1998 World Cup final took place on 12th July at Stade de France, Paris, and France ran out 3-0 winners against the then reigning Champions Brazil. Didier Deschamps was the captain that day, this summer he’ll manage his nation at Euro 2016.
Can France win Euro 2016?
The simple answer to this question is yes they can. Having home advantage is a massive plus for the French and the amount of talent at manager Didier Deschamps disposal gives him the ideal tools for the job. If there was a weakness in the French outfit it would be in the full back positions. Evra and Sagna look in pole position for the roles.
The odds for France to win Euro 2016 are currently 7/2 with Paddy Power and although that is plenty short enough, and the same odds as reigning World Champions Germany, they will certainly have their supporters at their own tournament.
Is the France Squad Good Enough to win Euro 2016?
Despite being short of top quality full backs, Varane, Koscielny and Sakho look like solid options in the middle of defence and it is in midfield where France are blessed with an array of talent. The holding midfield role will be a key position at Euro 2016 and France have the perfect fit in N’Golo Kante. Pair him up with Paul Pogba in the engine room of the France team and the spine is all of a sudden looking as stonr as anything else at the European Championships. Matuidi can complete a midfield three. Going forward Dimitri Payet should earn a starting berth along with Anthony Martial off the left wing. Then in the central role there is the choice of Benzema, Giroud or Griezmann. When you think that the likes of Diarra, Coman, Jallet, Cabaye and Gignac haven’t even been mentioned yet, the France squad certainly looks good enough to win Euro 2016.
What is France’s Weakness?
As mentioned, France’s defensive frailties are where they could fall down against the bigger European teams. France have recently conceded twice against Netherlands and twice against Russia. Although these were only friendly matches France have been taking friendlies seriously having not had a compeative match since the 2014 World Cup defeat to Spain. They’ve only kept eight clean sheets in the 18 friendlies played since that World Cup.
The fact that France have not had a competitive match for so long will also be a slight worry and they will want to hit the ground running when they face Romania in their Group A opener on Friday 10th June in Paris.
Predicted France Starting XI at Euro 2016:
Lloris, Sagna, Varane, Koscielny, Evra, Kante, Pogba, Matuidi, Payet, Martial, Griezmann.
Latest France Odds for Euro 2016:
France to win Euro 2016 – 7/2 with Paddy Power.
To reach the Euro 2016 final – 15/8 with Betfair.
To win Group A – 2/5 with Sky Bet.
Antoine Griezmann to be Euro 2016 top goalscorer – 14/1 with William Hill.
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