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England v France - LIVE Betting Blog
England get their Euro 2012 campaign underway against a France side who are unbeaten in 21 matches. Can Roy Hodgson mastermind a victory against Les Blues in Donetsk?

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14:03 BST


There's some good debate going on over at our Twitter page. Now, @GraemeAPoole has this to say:

"Eng vs Fra over 3.5 goals x Sweden (-1) @ 35/1...not often you find as credible a 35/1 double as that #goalbet"

13:34 BST


Well, Silts81, I think you make a very good point. Mexes and Rami, despite being the standard pairing for France in Central defence, may find Carroll too much if he does come on late in the game.

13:33 BST


Whilst @Silts81 says:

"thoughts on andy carroll LGS? Not sure their CBs will fancy him in the last 15 if we're chasing..."

13:30 BST


So back over on Twitter we have another prediction. This time from @Kop_Kenny

"My prediction will go in England's favour. France 0 vs 3 England"

12:51 BST


Not only are William Hill offering odds of 5/2 on an England victory tonight but there's also a free bet on offer of up to £25. They will match your first deposit up to that amount. You can sign up here for an account.

12:49 BST


That Paddy Power link was broken. My apologies. You can take advantage of their £250 free bets offer, here.

12:48 BST


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12:46 BST


Paddy Power offer so many money back specials that they are a great option to go with. We also have an excellent promotion in place with them where they will match your first deposit up to £50 and then do the same for the next four deposits. That's a total of up to £250! As with all betting offers, make sure you read the ts+cs. You can sign up and read said conditions, right here

12:40 BST


And here are some of these offers...

12:38 BST


If you are going to stay with this blog throughout the game today, there will be loads of in-play betting advice and odds flagged up for you.

Of course, if you are going to bet in-play then you should make sure you have an account set up before hand. This will allow you to be ready to be from the kick off but also take advantage of the special betting offers that our partners have available to you.

12:29 BST


So our resident tipster, Adam Bate, thinks a narrow victory may be possible for England. On Twitter. @PreMatchSpiel says:

"Will HAPPILY take a financial hit for that result!"

Wouldn't we all, wouldn't we all...

12:06 BST


Despite a lack of support or belief in this England side, the game could quite easily be a tight affair - Roy Hodgson sides are always well organised in defence after all - so maybe a look at the handicaps is better value. Whilst you can take France -1 at 9/2 and England +1 at 4/9, I think the value is really in the tie (England +1) at 3/1. This means that France would have to beat England by just the one goal in Donetsk. Very possible one thinks.

12:02 BST


So England goal scorers seem pretty well priced to score first; the bookies and the, usually patriotic, British betting public seem to be taking on the boys in white tonight. Maybe the value lies in an anytime scorer though; after all, set plays may be one of our strong points.

Anytime Scorer:

John Terry - 12/1
Joleon Lescott - 16/1

Koscielny - 12/1
Mexes - 16/1

11:18 BST


Let's take a look at some of the early markets for the England game then. Here's the top of the first goal scorer market where Karim Benzema leads the way:

Karim Benzema - 5/1
Olivier Giroud - 11/2
Danny Welbeck - 8/1
Franck Ribery - 8/1
Andy Carroll - 17/2
Ashley Young - 9/1
Samir Nasri - 9/1
Steven Gerrard 9/1

Where is your money going?

11:03 BST


Fellow betting aficionado Simon Pilkington has responded to the selection tht Zlatan Ibrahimovic - or "Zibra" as we will be calling him - has about as much chance of winning the Golden Boot as one Aleksandr Kerzhakov. For those of you who missed the Russia game "doing a Kerzakhov" has now made it's way into footballing folklore and not for the right reasons. A bit harsh on Kerza that?

10:53 BST


Sweden starting XI: Isaksson; Lustig, Mellberg, Granqvist, M Olsson; Larsson, Kallstrom, Elm, Tovoinen; Ibrahimovic; Rosenberg - this lot are 9/5 with Bet365 to beat Ukraine tonight - can Zlatan Ibrahimovic make his mark in his first game? He's 33/1 to finish as the tournament's top goalscorer

10:36 BST


If you prefer your predictions to come from farm animals - we've got Kev the psychic Chicken in Kiev on the case for tonight's games. Now, his poultry predictions have been a bit fowl so far but we think he could be onto something tonight.... Watch him make his selections here

10:30 BST


Artturi Ahola on Twitter suggests that Sweden should be favourites for tonight's game against co-hosts Ukraine - Bet365 have the home side as 13/8 favourites with Sweden out at 9/5. It looks as if there's some value in the Swedes according to those prices, what do you think? Let us know on Twitter @GoalBetting.

10:24 BST


Slight move from Bet365 who now go 11/8 on France for victory tonight - how long before the value is gone? Will we see a drift on the favourites around lunchtime as we have done on Russia and Germany in the last few days

09:18 BST


Who doesn't love a special offer? Well we do and there's one right here for your delectation before tonight's game: If England beat France, Paddy Power will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score & Scorecast bets on the match.