Laurent Blanc will be looking for his first victory in Euro 2012 as Bet365 report free bets on the game and make the French side odds against to take all three points.
Ukraine go into their second game of Euro 2012 on Friday evening, hoping that they haven’t used up all of their euphoria in one game.
The co-hosts came back from 1-0 down to beat Sweden in their first game of the tournament with 35-year-old talisman Andriy Shevchenko scoring both goals to make the story extra special.
It was a remarkable night for the Ukraine fans, coaching staff and players and one that will be remembered for many years to come.
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Away from the significance of Shevchenko rolling back the years in front of his adoring fans, it was also a massive three points for Ukraine in their bid to progress to the knockout stages.
It was only that though – three points. This will not be enough on its own to see them make it to the next phase and with this in mind, they have to focus fully on the job this Friday. France are a stronger team than Sweden and Ukraine need to raise their game once again.
Of course, they can use the momentum from Monday to positively affect their performance against the French and there is no doubt that the atmosphere will play its part in swinging things the way of the home side.
France will certainly know they are in for a tough evening. Laurent Blanc’s men may well be 22 games unbeaten after their draw with England in the opening game, but this is one of the most difficult challenges they have faced so far.
In terms of how they performed in the first game, it was solid enough but there is certainly room for improvement. The creative players are there in their numbers, but the spark was missing against England.
Blanc will be hoping they use possession more wisely against Ukraine. He will also want a positive start to try and silence what is likely to be a passionate home crowd.
We are already at a make or break stage for many teams and this is the case for France. Lose this one and they have it all to do. The pressure is on from 5pm on Friday.