Tournament hosts France kick off Euro 2016 against Romania in St Denis, with the odds makers at bwin.com bracing themselves for a comfortable win for Les Bleus.
While the Romanians’ prospects of avoiding defeat are super slim, a stack of trends say they might just knick a point against Euros favourites France.
A double-chance price of 23/10 says the underdogs won’t lose and they can take encouragement from the fact that five of the previous six Euros hosts have failed to win in the competition’s curtain raiser.
Poland tied 1-1 with Greece in the most recent edition, while Switzerland and Portugal were vanquished in their first outings in 2008 and 2004, losing to the Czech Republic and Greece respectively.
The Swiss starred in the first game of Euro ’96, drawing 1-1 with England after trailing at the interval. Belgium are the only hosting country in this period to win the opening game, beating Sweden 2-1 in the 2000 instalment.
As stated, Switzerland came back from a half-time deficit in order to hold the Three Lions, just as Greece did when drawing with Poland four years ago.
Sweden succumbed to the trend in 1992, leading at the break in their first match against France, who came back to secure a 1-1 draw in the second half.
Backing France/Draw in the half time/full time stakes this evening pays at 20/1.
While doubts have been cast as to whether Les Bleus will vindicate their pre-match favouritism, history suggests they won’t be behind at the break.
Portugal are the only host nation to be trailing at the interval in the first match of the tournament.
Four of the half-dozen countries in question were leading 1-0 with 45 minutes on the clock. A repeat of this scenario in the Stade de France is available to back at 39/20, whereas a price of 33/20 is up for grabs for those who wish to back a solitary strike being on the scoreboard at the break in favour of either protagonist.