One of the most highly-anticipated group stage games will be played on Monday, as old enemies England and France do battle in Group D.

England are a team in transition, with new manager Roy Hodgson at the helm and looking to succeed at an international tournament where predecessors Fabio Capello and Sven-Goran Eriksson have failed. The Three Lions have been dealt a number of blows in the build-up, with Gareth Barry, Frank Lampard and Gary Cahill all being ruled out through injury. Wayne Rooney is also suspended for the first two games of the competition, so his Manchester United team-mate Danny Welbeck is expected to deputise. Hodgson has recorded two 1-0 friendly victories over Norway and Belgium in the lead-up to the tournament. Bwin have England as outsiders at odds of 3.10 for a victory.

France enter the tournament as a quiet outsider, as they have went about their business over the last 24 months without overly impressing. Les Bleus topped their qualifying group and are undefeated in well over a year, with victories over Germany, Brazil and England in friendlies also. The attacking threat of Karim Benzema, Franck Ribery and Samir Nasri will look to get the goals to win the game, whilst Patrice Evra and Phillippe Mexes will marshall the backline. Laurent Blanc has suffered a blow in the build-up, as influential midfielder Yann M’Vila is expected to miss the game through injury. Bwin have France as favourites at 2.35.

This will be a passionate affair from the first whistle, with both teams looking to strike an early blow in the group. My Euro 2012 football betting tip is a 2-1 win to France, which Bwin have at 9.50.

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