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France vs Republic of Ireland preview

Kick off: Sunday, 26 June @14:00 GMT

Venue: Parc Olympique Lyonnais (Decines-Charpieu)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to Head Record

France vs Republic of Ireland 1-1 (2010 World Cup qualifiers)
Republic of Ireland vs France 0-1 (2010 World Cup qualifiers)
Republic of Ireland vs France 0-1 (2006 World Cup qualifiers)
France vs Republic of Ireland 0-0 (2006 World Cup qualifiers)
Republic of Ireland vs France 0-0 (1989 Friendly International)

France vs Republic of Ireland Team News

Coach Didier Deschamps mixed the squad against Switzerland, but he is likely to field the best possible side against Republic of Ireland. The likes of Dmitri Payet, Blaise Matuidi and Olivier Giroud are all likely to be recalled to the starting line-up. Antoine Griezmann has yet to open his goal-scoring account at Euro 2016 finals, but he should keep his place in the starting XI.

Injured: None

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Jonathan Walters is unlikely to recover in time to face Italy, while Stephen Ward is a major doubt and he will be assessed on the match day. James McClean produced a fine performance against Italy and he is widely expected to keep his place in the starting XI. Wes Hoolahan is pushing for a start, while experienced attacker Robbie Keane is likely to start from the bench.

Injured: Jonathan Walters (40/10)

Doubtful: Stephen Ward (35/3)

Suspended: None

Quick Facts

  • Under 3.5 goals were scored in France’s last eight games at Euro finals
  • Ireland recorded only one win in previous eight matches at the European Championship
  • Under 2.5 goals were netted in previous five meetings between France and Ireland
  • France scored exactly one goal in previous three meetings with Ireland
  • The two teams meet for the first time ever at Euro finals

France vs Republic of Ireland Prediction

France failed to impress in the group stages, but they are widely expected to shine in the knockout stages of the 2016 European Championship finals. Les Tricolores are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in Sunday’s game against Republic of Ireland and considering that the Boys in Green booked their place in the last 16 thanks to a win over “Italy B”, I am tempted to put my money on the hosts.

Betting Tip: France/France

Odds: 2.20 (6/5) @bet365

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