William Hill are expecting the England vs France match on Monday to be the highest turnover football match this year, outstripping the Champions League final, the FA Cup final and the Manchester City/United match at the Etihad. Over £15 million is set to be bet on the game with punters preferring to put their money on England winning the match despite the fact that France are the 6/4 favourites to win. England are 11/5 with the draw 19/10.
We have already had some huge games this year, but we think that this one trumps them all, said Hills spokesman Joe Crilly. In our shops alone, we estimate that between 250,000 and 300,000 bets will be placed on Monday, making it one of the top three days of the year.
When the sides met in the opening match of Group B at Euro 2004, a late Zinedine Zidane brace secured a 2-1 victory for France and William Hill offer 150/1 that England go 1-0 ahead and lose the match courtesy of two post 90th minute goals. 2-1 France is 9/1.
There are a number of French players based in the Premier League and William Hill offer 5/1 that these players (Nasri, Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Malouda, Evra, Clichy, Koscielny) outscore all the England players who feature on Monday.
Goals match bet – England vs England based French players: 4/9 England; 5/1 France; 11/4 tie
*Nasri, Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Malouda, Evra, Clichy, Koscielny only
Group D winner:
England top goalscorer: 6/1 Wayne Rooney; 6/1 Steven Gerrard; 6/1 Danny Welbeck; 13/2 Ashley Young; 7/1 Andy Carroll; 9/1 Theo Walcott; 10/1 Jermaine Defoe; 20/1 No goalscorer; 25/1 BAR
England stage of elimination: 6/4 group stage; 15/8 quarter final; 5/1 semi final; 8/1 runner up; 10/1 winner
150/1 England to be winning 1-0 and France to score two goals from the 90th minute onwards in a 2-1 victory
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