Sunday, 26 June 2016 07:46

EURO 2016 - France v Republic of Ireland - MATCH PREVIEW

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France and Republic of Ireland will look to book their place in the last eight when they clash in the round of 16 this weekend. This match will be played at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday, June 26.

France as hosts will have extra pressure to perform but this is a supremely talented side that has managed to live up to expectations so far in the tournament. Topping the group containing Romania, Albania and Switzerland is not a huge achievement but France were clinical through all their matches. It required flashes of brilliance and some last minute goals for France to achieve this, but they completely deserved their place in the knockouts. The real test awaits them from now on and with all big names stacked in the same draw, France should be at their best to move further.


For Republic of Ireland, the route to the last 16 has been much more arduous. They finished third and picked up one of the four places available for third-placed teams. Their best performance came in the last group game against Italy, whom they humbled 1-0. They were minutes away from facing the exit door but the grit they exhibited in times of adversity brought cheer to the camp as a single goal was enough to secure their knockouts place. Standing between them and quarters berth is their old nemesis France – who controversially knocked them out via a handball in 2009 World Cup play-offs.

Coming into this game, France have a record of eight wins in ten matches. More importantly, they scored more than a single goal in all these games they won. Having conceded just a single goal so far in the tournament, the hosts will be quietly confident of their progress. Watch out for their silky playmaker Dimitri Payet.

Republic of Ireland have been up and down in the recent times with just one win in their last six encounters. Even in the Euros, they have been inconsistent but the win against Italy should improve their confidence which augurs well for them ahead of the big matches.

France v Republic of Ireland Betting advice

France and Ireland have been frugal in their defence so far and that gives a slight lean towards betting on under 2.5 goals. Also look at the fact that they have not scored or conceded a first half goal so far in the Euros. Back that stat to continue in this match too.

No goals in the first half of the match.

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