France will look to atone for a quarterfinal exit at the 2014 FIFA World Cup as it prepares to open UEFA Euro 2016 as +300 favorites to win the tournament at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
“Les Bleus” ride a three-game win streak into this year’s tournament and have emerged as -275 favorites to finish atop Group A ahead of the tournament-opening France vs. Romania betting matchup Friday at Stade de France in Paris.
France last won the Euro in 2000 and looks well-positioned to advance to the knockout stage after drawing into a group that also features Switzerland and Albania.
France last lost to Romania 44 years ago and is undefeated in its past six games against Switzerland, which trails at +350 on the Group A odds. However, the Swiss have struggled against Albania, going winless in their past two against the +2500 Group A longshots.
Germany closely trails France on the Euro 2016 odds, pegged as a +350 bet to claim its first Euro title since 1996.
The defending FIFA World Cup champion also leads the way in Group C betting but will need to bounce back from a bout of inconsistency that has resulted in just two wins in its past six international matches.
Spain looks ready for this year’s tournament after posting a pair of lopsided victories this week over South Korea and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Spain’s players will kick things off as a strong +550 bet on the Euro 2016 odds. Also a strong -175 favorite to win Group D, the two-time defending European champions are undefeated in their past 11 games, keeping a shutout in seven of those international matchups.
England begins the hunt for its first-ever Euro crown, sporting +850 odds. The Three Lions were winners in pre-tournament dates with Portugal, Australia and Turkey, but concerns remain after they lost three of their previous four games, dropping decisions to the Netherlands, Germany and Spain.
Belgium makes its first appearance in the Euro since 2000, sporting +1100 odds, ahead of Italy at +1600, while Portugal, which has gone at least as far as the semifinals in three of their past four Euro appearances, sports +2200 odds.
Led by Cristiano Ronaldo, who sits alongside Germany’s Thomas Muller as +700 co-favorites to lead the tournament in scoring, Portugal appears poised to easily advance to the knockout stage.
Portugal owns a combined 8-3-0 record in its past 11 games against its Group F adversaries, which include tournament longshots Austria, Iceland and Hungary.
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