Euro 2012 Betting: England v France- 10 Vital Stats


10. The record books suggest that England enjoy facing France, with 15 wins and four draws from 27 previous meetings. However, the French are favourites to win in the opening game of Group D, priced at 2.45.

9. Manager Roy Hodgson goes into his first competitive game with England following two wins from two friendlies. Both of the 1-0 wins against Norway and Belgium came through first-half goals, and England are 3.90 to be winning again at the break.

8. France have won the previous three games between the two sides, all by a one-goal margin. They are 6.25 to win Monday’s clash 1-0, and 11.50 to take a 2-1 victory.

7. Laurent Blanc’s side are on fine form coming into Euro 2012. They have not lost in 21 games stretching back to September 2010. They won their last two games without conceding, and are 3.75 to do the same to England in Donetsk.

6. France beat England in European Championships competition in 2004, when Zinedine Zidane scored a brace in stoppage time to earn his nation a 2-1 win. Current dead-ball specialist Franck Ribery is 15.00 to score from outside the box.

5. Karim Benzema is set to lead the French line this evening. Benzema is a 3.20 favourite to score more than England striker Andy Carroll, who is priced at 5.75.

4. Paul Scholes and Frank Lampard were both booked when England lost to France at Euro 2004. Current centre midfielder Scott Parker is 2.70 to get a card in Ukraine, and 20.00 to see red.

3. England were agonisingly close that night in Lisbon, with both of Zidane’s goals coming after 90 minutes. A price of 38.00 is available for England to be winning again at half time but lose by the close of play.

2. If you fancy a goal to come from midfield, Steven Gerrard is available at 12.50 to notch first, while Ribery is at 8.75 to do the same.

1. England had just one shot on target in 11 attempts during their friendly win against Belgium, while France converted four against Estonia last week. Neither of these sides has scored more than two goals past the other in 30 years, and while England are 4.85 to score two on Monday, France are priced lower at 4.20 to do the same.