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.