Women’s Euros Odds: Renard puts the pressure on France

England expected to fare strongly

France captain Wendie Renard says her side will only have themselves to blame if they do not perform at the UEFA Women’s European Championships (France Women 5/1 Womens Euro 2022 Outright).

Despite the almost unrivalled talent they have possessed throughout the years, Les Bleues have never made it past the quarter-finals at the Euros, while fourth place is the best they have managed at the World Cup.

Corinne Diacre’s side begin their 2022 campaign on Sunday in Rotherham against Group D rivals Italy at 20:00 and are in rude health, having remained unbeaten in their last 14 games in all competitions (Match Betting – France Women 1/2, Draw 16/5, Italy Women 11/2).

Renard was part of the Lyon side that recently won their record eighth UEFA Women’s Champions League crown and is now hoping to transfer that form onto the international stage.

The ongoing Euros is the defender’s eighth major tournament, a journey that has seen her earn 131 caps.

At 31, she is desperate to add success with France to her club glory and feels that it will “depend” on her own team whether they succeed or not in England.

“I’ve always said the EURO is more difficult than the World Cup as the level is tighter,” she told UEFA.com. “It includes the best European sides and the best players in the world too. We haven’t been further than the quarter-final stage because I think that we, the players, didn’t deliver as we should have or were unlucky.

“However, we should keep persevering now. Some players and nations went through tough periods for many years before claiming a trophy and moving up a notch. I hope it will be our turn this year, but once again it will all depend on us.”

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After the controversial omissions of Amandine Henry and Eugenie Le Sommer from the squad, Marie-Antoinette Katoto (19/20 Anytime Goalscorer) is expected to start in attack, with Kadidiatou Diani (11/5) and Delphine Cascarino (5/2) in the wide berths.

For Italy, Milena Bertolini is likely to opt for AC Milan’s Laura Giuliani in goal, with captain Sara Gama in defence for the Azzurre.

Before the game in Rotherham, Belgium and Iceland meet at Manchester’s Academy Stadium, which sits alongside the Etihad, at 17:00.

Belgium are making their second Finals appearance after debuting in 2017, while Iceland are back for a fourth shot at continental glory (Match Betting – Belgium 13/8, Draw 9/4, Iceland 13/8).

Belgian Red Flames coach Ives Serneels does not expect the game to be “decisive” in the battle to qualify from Group D, while his Icelandic counterpart Thorsteinn Halldórsson is expecting a “tight match”.

Both teams are expected to play with a 4-4-2, with Belgium veteran Tessa Wullaert (2/1 Anytime Goalscorer) and youngster Tine de Caigny (13/5), who have netted a combined 23 times in qualification for next year’s World Cup, set to start in attack.

They will go up against goalkeeper Audur Sveinbjornsdottir Scheving, who looks set to come in between the posts following Cecilia Ran Runarsdottir’s finger injury.

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Author: Lucas Carlson