France v Romania Betting Special: Griezmann could prove the difference in Paris

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We take a look at the likely scorers at the Stade de France as Les Bleus try to find the net past a sturdy opposition side who managed to keep things extremely tight in qualifying

As hosts and favourites for Euro 2016, France has plenty of expectation on its collective shoulders, and perhaps the biggest weight of responsibility lies with the forwards.

Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann are the two men who will be entrusted by Didier Deschamps with scoring the goals to help Les Bleus progress and while both are unquestionably talented, there remains a slight question mark over the side's capacity to consistently score.

That underlying doubt may stem from the fact that Giroud is a striker who can frustrate and delight in equal measure, and he is certainly a level below Karim Benzema who is missing from the tournament for off-the-field reasons. Of course Griezmann is one of the most exciting players in Europe, yet he is not a centre forward, and Deschamps will need the Atletico Madrid man to play off Giroud, creating space to try and exploit.

Griezmann has enjoyed an excellent season in Spain, coming within a few inches of winning the Champions League and he was by some distance the Colchoneros' top scorer with 32 goals in all competitions; not a bad return for someone who is not an out-and-out striker.

The 25-year-old is the shortest priced player to find the back of the net in the tournament's opening game with bet365 offering him at 9/10 (1.90) to score at anytime and this is a price to be well considered.

This season Griezmann has produced in some of the biggest games, scoring against Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the Champions League, with his finishing usually exemplary with the exception of a missed penalty in the Champions League final in Milan. Giroud, meanwhile, has been less prolific and consistent for his club Arsenal, although for France he has netted four times in the last four friendlies and can be backed at 6/5 (2.20) to score once more.

Elsewhere for France, Dimitri Payet is likely to be seriously considered having been in the starting line-up for three out of the last four matches during which time the West Ham wide man has managed to net twice. He can be backed at 8/5 (2.60) to get his name on the scoresheet again and the dead ball specialist comes just ahead of Paul Pogba in the betting.

The Juventus midfielder equalled his best ever goal tally in Serie A this season with eight strikes, and he has the star quality to really shine in this tournament, evident in his favouritism to scoop the individual award in around a month's time. Pogba can be backed at 21/10 (3.10) to score although he has not managed a goal since April so it could pay to look at some of the more in-form players for France.

There will, of course, be two teams in action on Friday night in the Stade de France, and for Romania their shortest priced player to score is Genclerbirligi striker Bogdan Stancu at 11/2 (6.50). Their most in-form player, however, might be Steau Bucharest midfielder Nicolae Stanciu who netted 12 times for the Romanian giants this season and has also scored in each of the last three matches that the national side have played. He is available at a healthy looking 17/2 (9.50) to score in the French capital but it is Griezmann who looks the best bet to justify his place at the top of the market.

Antoine Griezmann to score at anytime at 9/10 (1.90) for a 1.5pt stake with bet365

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