Our resident betting expert reckons France will edge to a win against England, helped by Karim Benzema, while also tipping Zlatan Ibrahimovic to inspire Sweden to victory over Ukraine.
Young’s impressive form for England will almost certainly see Roy Hodgson hand the Manchester United forward a start against France. The 26-year-old has scored four goals in his last five England appearances, including a superb solo effort against Norway. So the Tipster’s opening bet for this edition is for Young to score for England against France at any time at solid odds of 4/1.
France are unbeaten in 21 games, winning 15 matches since their 1-0 defeat by Belarus in September 2010. Furthermore, England are without a victory against France in five attempts, including that 2-1 loss to Les Bleus at Euro 2004. Sadly for the Three Lions, The Tipster reckons France to beat England is a good bet at 6/4.
Sweden have won their last four internationals, and were 1-0 winners against Ukraine in their last meeting in 2011. Erik Hamren’s side netted 31 goals in qualifying – only Germany and the Netherlands scored more. Therefore, Sweden to make a winning start to Group D is excellent value at 2/1.
Sweden striker Ibrahimovic has scored in three of his last four international outings, and he netted an impressive five goals in eight appearances in qualifying. The 30-year-old scored 28 goals in 32 appearances for AC Milan in Serie A last term, so the Tipster is backing Ibrahimovic to net against Ukraine at tempting odds of 15/8.
Karim Benzema scored two goals for France in their last warm-up game against Estonia. The 24-year-old netted 21 times in 34 appearances for Real Madrid last season, becoming the highest scoring Frenchman in a single La Liga campaign – eclipsing a record set by Zinedine Zidane. With all that in mind, The Tipster’s audacious long-range effort for this edition is for Benzema to score first and France to beat England at 6/1.
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