Dave Seddon’s Euro 2016 Press View

Griezmann (right) celebrates with team-mates after France's semi-final win over Germany
Griezmann (right) celebrates with team-mates after France's semi-final win over Germany
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I’m backing France to win Euro 2016 in Paris on Sunday for a few reasons.

The main one is financial, having picked them out of the hat in the Evening Post newsroom sweep.

Having drawn Honduras in the World Cup two years ago, maybe I was due some better fortune.

Every France win during the tournament has also meant extra reward points from the supermarket to whom I hand over cash every Friday in return for the Seddon family ‘big shop’.

At the start of the tournament, you could pick which team you wanted to back.

My wife, being the sensible woman she is, put a block on England.

Hence my football-crazy seven-year-old son pressing the button for France, a decision which hopefully in the coming weeks, will shave a couple of quid off the shopping bill thanks to the reward points.

Away from the family finances, the reason for wanting France to beat Portgual is quite straightforward.

Call me churlish but I don’t think Portugal have done enough to be in the final.

They have won one game in 90 minutes during the tournament and have not been the most exciting to watch.

Agreed, Cristiano Ronaldo has grown into the competition and scored three goals, the most recent of those being that towering header against Wales.

But Portgual have just not excited me over the last month and it will be a tough job for them to beat France.

They got through the group without winning a game, one of the four third-place teams to progress.

Poor old Albania managed a victory, finished with the same points as Portugal and went home early.

You might say that fortune is with Portugal and could yet propel them towards glory on Sunday evening.

I really cannot see past France though, and not just because a little piece of paper with their name and flag on it, is sat on my desk at the LEP’s new home.

They have had their share of luck to arrive in the final, although not the same big dollop that Portugal have had.

France were not great in the group games, needing late goals to see off Romania and Albania, then not even managing one against Switzerland.

They only came to life in the second half against the Republic of Ireland.

Things clicked when they ruthlessly dispatched Iceland from the tournament in the quarter finals.

You could argue that they beat a limited team, but hey, it was still an Iceland outfit that made England look ordinary.

In Thursday’s semi-final, they were second best to Germany in terms of possession.

France know how to win matches though, and have players in Antonie Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet who can make such a big difference to a game.

Griezmann has been player of the tournament and with six goals, is way out in front as leading scorer.

The best piece of business Atletico Madrid will do this summer was to tie him to a new contract last month.

It could be that the wealth at the disposal of the Premier League might eventually tempt him to these shores.

How Germany could have done with someone of his ilk to convert that all that possession into goals.

As it is, France have coped with the pressure which weighs heavily on a host nation, to get within 90 minutes of lifting the trophy in the Stade de France.

Whether it is France or Portugal who are celebrating, how do you look back on the tournament in general?

It has not been the most gripping spectacle.

I initially thought that the expanded format, from 16 to 24 teams, might be of benefit.

It gave rise to some decent enough group games in the first week or so, and it was good to see some of the supposed lesser nations pull off good results.

But things went a bit stodgy after that, the realisation that 36 games had been played to eliminate just eight countries, starting to hit home.

The knockout stages have generally been okay without being particularly thrilling.

Probably the highlights were Wales’ 3-1 win over Belgium, Italy beating Spain and France’s win against Iceland, just for the volume of goals.

Euro 2020 – to be played in 13 countries, culminating in the semi-finals and final being held at Wembley – will again be a 24-team affair.

Whether taking the games around the continent gives the tournament a boost, we will see in four years.

But an improvement is needed on this year’s offering.