France look to do their talking on the pitch after scandals | inside World Soccer

With many predicting a talented French side to be among the frontrunners for glory in the upcoming European Championships, Didier Deschamps’ men once again go into a major tournament facing question marks over their unity.

Despite the likes of Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Anthony Martial providing youthful exuberance to a squad already littered with international quality, recent events, including the loss of Karim Benzema, could well prove costly for France.

As the favourites for the tournament with many bookmakers, should France be able to put recent scandals behind them, they will undoubtedly be in with a shot come the latter stages of the competition.

Pogba, fresh from a stellar season with Italian side Juventus, will be the main man in midfield, with Griezmann and Martial providing exciting attacking options for Deschamps. Griezmann has been in excellent form for Atletico Madrid this season, and could well be a man to look at in the football odds for the golden boot award this summer, with providing a platform to find the best odds throughout the tournament. Odds for the games will likely change as the tournament progresses, so get your bets in now.

The absence of Benzema after a long running blackmail scandal involving team mate Mathieu Valbuena has been confounded by withdrawals at the opposite end of the field for France.

Raphael Varane and Jeremy Mathieu will miss the tournament through injury, along with fellow defenders Kurt Zouma and Aymeric Laporte.

This area of the field will certainly be an area of concern for Deschamps and France supporters, with any more injuries likely to significantly dent their hopes.

Attack may well be the best form of defence for the hosts, and if Olivier Giroud can find his shooting boots, it may be worthwhile backing France having found the best online odds through Bell Internet Limited.

Usual suspects Spain and Germany are likely to provide the fiercest competition to France, with the hosts looking to claim a first international honour since back in 2000.

The mercurial talents of a rejuvenated Dimitri Payet could well be the ace up Deschamp’s sleeve, with the West Ham man coming off the back of a wonderful first season in English football.

Although unlikely to start the opening game, Payet is more than a useful asset to have off the bench.

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