The Ukraine enjoyed a winning start on Monday evening after Andriy Shevchenko rolled back the years to score twice after Zlatan Ibrahimovic had put Sweden into the lead. The Dynamo Kiev forward should last an hour of this contest and his experience could be vital.
The tournament co-hosts are available at 3/1 (Stan James free bets) to claim a victory which would not only see them qualify for the quarter finals but also mean they would play the Group C runner-up and potentially avoid playing Spain in the last eight.
Oleh Blokhin’s side created plenty of chances against the Swedes and that man Shevchenko will be looking to shoot from any kind of range, with the former Milan and Chelsea player available at 10/1 (Coral) to score the first goal of this match.
Andriy Yarmolenko was really lively for the home team and he’s on offer at 11/1 (bet365) while it’s worth noting that the goal conceded by the French against England came from a set piece, so Laurent Blanc will ensure marking is better this time around.
Les Bleus were the better team in their Group D opener although they didn’t create that many clear-cut chances and there is a certain amount of pressure on an inexperienced team to claim the spoils here and take control of the section.
Even so, they are blessed with a quality fron three and that’s the reason why the visitors are favourite at 11/10 (Sportingbet free £50 bet) with France knowing that a draw would mean added pressure on that final game against Sweden, especially if England beat the same team.
Karim Benzema remains among the favourites to win the Golden Boot despite drawing a blank against the Three Lions and he’s the 11/2 favourite (Stan James) to score the first goal of this contest, with the Real Madrid forward having filled his boots in La Liga last season.
Samir Nasri was the French player to equalise against the English and he’s 10/1 (Hills) to get his team off and running, with the Manchester City winger helping to make the team tick along with the talented Franck Ribery.
Naturally, Ukraine will be pleased with a point from this contest which would keep them in pole position for qualification and that outcome is a 23/10 chance (Ladbrokes) although they did look defensively suspect against Sweden and the French are likely to give them an even closer examination.
A 2-1 win for France is available at 9/1 with Stan James and it might even pay to dabble on the 3-1 correct score at 22/1 considering there is lots of goals in this Gallic team once they start moving through the gears.