Euro 2016 is set to begin in around two weeks time, and we have seven Arsenal stars who are all set to feature during the tournament.
Spain won the previous competition held in Poland and Ukraine, but I’m predicting the hosts, France, to take their crown from them.
They have a number of top names in their squad, and even their bench is likely to be as strong as most country’s first-team side. Premier League star’s N’Golo Kante and Dimitri Payet are well deserved of their places within the first-team, having enjoyed thoroughly impressive debut seasons in the Premier League.
Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny will of course be in the team also, with the former likely to line-up between Antoine Griezmann and Anthony Martial in a fearful attacking line. The mixture of pace, strength, dribbling and aerial ability will be a challenge for any defence to deal with, and France should be able to use that to dominate next month.
The French side are the favourites for the tournament with most bookmakers, including LeoVegas, but you could boost your returns by including a top goalscorer into your bet also.
Antoine Griezmann is the shortest-priced Frenchman in the goalscorer betting, but with him likely to be used out wide, Ollvier Giroud should be your selection. The Arsenal striker was given a rest prior to the end of the season, with Welbeck given a run in the first-team, and returned to form following his short absence from the starting line-up, scoring four goals in the final two PL matches.
If you were looking to have a nibble on the Player of the Tournament market, you should rule out all defenders, goalkeepers and strikers, with every award going to a midfielder since Henrik Larsson won the award in 1992.
Paul Pogba is the stand-out name in the French line-up, and is rightly so the joint-favourite to earn the Player of the Tournament title, but I put it to you that Blaise Matuidi and N’Golo Kante could prove to be much more important this summer, and at much better prices.
Who are your value picks for the tournament? Are France the stand-out selection in the outright market?