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As well as the preview we also bring you the head to head records of the two teams as well as a recommended bet on BETDAQ for the match.

France v England
Euro 2012
KO 17:00, ITV 1


(Max last 10 only)
17 Nov 2010 International England 1-2 France
26 Mar 2008 International France 1-0 England
13 Jun 2004 European Championships France 2-1 England
02 Sep 2000 International France 1-1 England
10 Feb 1999 International England 0-2 France
07 Jun 1997 International France 0-1 England
14 Jun 1992 European Championships France 0-0 England
19 Feb 1992 International England 2-0 France
29 Feb 1984 International France 2-0 England

Later today Roy Hodgson takes charge of his first competitive International game against France at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk for the opening Group D fixture.

England are ranked eight places above France in the FIFA world rankings, sitting in sixth position but ‘Les Bleus’ still go into the match as favourites. This is largely down to their incredible recent run which sees them coming into the fixture on a 21 match unbeaten run, 15 of those matches ending with a France victory.

They are a team transformed from the side that dropped out at the group stages of the World Cup under the leadership of Raymond Domenech. From back to front France boaster world class players in great form, none more so that Karim Benzema who scored 21 goals for La Liga winners Real Madrid last season.

However, England are also in decent form, only losing two of their last 17 fixtures and winning six of their last eight. Five of those six wins came with a 1-0 score line, including a narrow victory against World Champions, Spain.

Unfortunately England will start the game missing some key players, Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry are out through injury and England’s best player, Wayne Rooney, is missing through suspension. However, with Ashley Cole and John Terry at the back for England they are no strangers to defending with their backs to the wall and it’ll take another superb defensive display to keep a fluent French side out. England’s solid back five can keep the French at bay and I’d recommend backing the draw at 3.1 on BETDAQ.

RECOMMENDATION: (1-10 points)

Back the draw at around 3.1 on BETDAQ: 5 points

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