France vs. Republic of Ireland Predictions

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Where: Stade de France, Paris, FranceWhen: Thursday, September 7, 8:45 PM CET

France hosts the Republic of Ireland in EURO 2024 qualifiers next Thursday at Stade de France. The Gauls dominate Group B at the moment, having nothing but wins in the previous four events. Meanwhile, Ireland isn’t that great and is third behind Greece, with pressure to win at least three points in the following two events. They are perfectly aware of their underdog status ahead of the trip to Paris, but won’t raise the white flag.

France vs. Republic of Ireland

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France

The Gauls have one of the best, if not the best, team in the world. Their World Cup finish could have been much better if Kolo Mouani had more focus in the closing moments of the extra times when he missed a golden opportunity to stun Argentina and bring one more title to France. 

After that event, we’ve seen the French team in four EURO qualifiers, winning all of them while not allowing a single goal. They were better than the Netherlands, 4-0, Ireland 0-1, Gibraltar, 0-3, both on the road, and Greece at home, 1-0.

As usual, they rely on fantastic individual potential, but we must say that the team acts as a group and that Deschamps carved out one cohesive entity.

Republic of Ireland

This nation doesn’t have stars like Robbie Keane anymore, and we have to say that, unlike the days when he played, the Irish team doesn’t have a big role in European football nowadays. 

France took all three points in the opening round in Dublin, 0-1, and after that, Ireland lost to Greece on the road, 2-1. The win over Gibraltar was expected, 3-0, but still, it improved the shaken morale. 

Most of their players are located in England, playing for average Premier League or Championship clubs. Away from home, this unit displays modest performances, rarely winning and often playing goals without too many goals, between 2 and 3 at most.

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France and Republic of Ireland Possible Lineups

France: Maignan; Kounde, W. Fofana, Konate, T. Hernandez; Griezmann, Tchouameni, Camavinga; Coman, Giroud, Mbappe

Republic of Ireland: Bazunu; Collins, Egan, O’Shea; Knight, Browne, Cullen, Molumby, McClean; Ferguson, Obafemi

France vs. Republic of Ireland Head to Head

Everyone remembers the World Cup playoffs back in 2010 when Ireland suffered one great injustice following Thierry Henry’s handballing, which directly affected the final result and France’s advance. 

After that, we saw them playing at the 2016 EURO, when France won 2-1. and one more friendly international, 2-0 also for the Gauls. The most recent event was last March, 0-1 in Dublin, we’ve mentioned that already. 

France vs. Republic of Ireland Predictions

France is securing the ticket to EURO with this victory, so they won’t calculate. That’s why we expect their win here. 

Our verdict: France wins

France versus Republic of Ireland Odds

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Author: Eugene Morris