After a scare in their opening game, France will be hoping to record a more convincing victory over Albania in their second Euro 2016 match in Marseille. Didier Deschamps' side were ultimately good value for their 2-1 win over Romania last Friday, although their opponents acquitted themselves admirably, and the manager will be looking for a more complete performance from his side.
The man who is supposed to be the star of the tournament, Paul Pogba, was substituted in the second half and Deschamps suggested that the Juventus midfielder "could do better". That assessment could probably be applied to most of the team and bet365 offer Les Bleus at 2/9 (1.22) to record their second win.
Their opponents, meanwhile, were beaten 1-0 by Switzerland in their first match, yet despite playing most of the game with 10 men, the tournament debutants spurned a number of excellent chances to score. The best of those fell to substitute Shkelzen Gashi late on, through on goal with only the keeper to beat, yet the Colorado Rapids forward was foiled by Swiss stopper Yann Sommer.
That was perhaps indicative of Albania's lack of experience at this level, with the side missing a calm head in decisive moments. Gianni De Biasi's men can be backed at 18/1 (19.00) for what looks a particularly unlikely win, while the draw is priced at 11/2 (6.50).
This is a game that France should win more comfortably, though, with the pressure of getting that opening win behind them, but also with the added incentive of wanting to put in an improved performance. Albania will be missing their captain and one of their most experienced and high-profile players in former Lazio and Marseille star Lorik Cana, and therefore they will surely be in for a tough evening on the south coast.
France to be ahead at half time and full time is priced at 4/6 (1.65) and will definitely attract attention from serious punters, as will the same price for the hosts to win with a -1 European handicap. For a big investment, neither is a bad option, yet for higher odds we will take France to win both halves at 11/8 (2.38). The French should start strongly and if they get an early goal it could be a long night for an inexperienced Albanian side missing their skipper.