France vs Republic of Ireland Tips, Preview and Betting Offers – Will France Lay Down Marker?
The Republic of Ireland may not be heading to the World Cup this summer, but they do have a future under Martin O’Neill to prepare for. The former Celtic boss has held on to his post despite the heavy loss to Denmark in the play-offs, and now he has to focus on the future. However, the Irish face a tough test this week, as they take on a French side who are packed with talent.
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France vs Republic of Ireland Preview – Can France Unleash Attack?
The French are among the favourites for the World Cup in Russia this summer, given their incredible options throughout their squad. They have still got work to do, with Didier Deschamps struggling to adapt to international football. They underwhelmed at the Euros in 2016, disappointing the home fans with sloppy displays. While there’s potential there, it’s tough to see Deschamps being the man to unlock that. With time running out before the tournament, it’s tough to see why they’re playing against the Irish this week.
Meanwhile, the visitors are in an awkward period, with plenty of major stars stepping down from the national side following their heavy loss to Denmark. They were completely unclassed in that meeting with Christian Eriksen and co. yet Martin O’Neill remains, with even more limited resources. He has a tough job in the Nations League and European qualifiers, and again this feels like an odd choice of friendly for the Irish. It’s hard to see what they can learn from meeting a major nation, especially after clashing with them in a competitive game in 2016.
Their different situations means that this is a bit of a mismatch. The French side have far too much talent for the Irish, so we expect O’Neill to go with a restrained approach here. He’s got to defend deep to keep the French at bay, especially in a trip to Paris. We can see them trying to hold out for a result, but that’s going to be difficult against one of the best forward lines in world football.
Relevant Stats, Injuries and Suspensions
The French squad is packed with talent, which means there’s bound to be stars left on the sidelines. Alexandre Lacazette is among them, while Dimitri Payet picked up an injury in the Europa League final. Another injury blow is Arsenal man Laurent Koscielny, while Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko missed the squad after being a mainstay during Euro 2016. On top of their enforced absentees, the French have left out plenty of names who would walk in to the Ireland set up.
Meanwhile, all of Robbie Brady, James McCarthy, Jonny Hayes and Aiden McGeady are ruled out for the Irish. We’re likely to see an experimental side from O’Neill this week, as he searches for replacements to his top stars, with an aging side set to move on.
France vs Republic of Ireland – Ireland Set for Tough Trip
The French are heavy favourites going in to Monday’s encounter, with their impressive squad expected to tear through Martin O’Neill’s outfit. The bookies aren’t putting much faith in the visitors, and we can’t blame them. The Irish lost to Turkey 1-0 last time out, and we expect them to suffer yet again this week.
The hosts are much stronger, more experienced and packed with stars who can cut through a defence. The French should edge in front early on here, as we can’t see a young Irish side hold out against some world class talents. We think it’s worth backing France to win each half on the half-time/full-time market on Monday night, which can be found at 4/6 with Bet365.
Meanwhile, with little on the line for both sides, and with the Irish looking toothless in attack, we can’t see a high scoring game here. Our final tip is to back a France win and under 2.5 goals to be scored, which seems like great value at 17/10 with BetVictor.
France vs Republic of Ireland Head to Head Record
These too have an interesting head to head record of late, with their last encounter coming at Euro 2016. The Irish took the lead in that clash with a second minute penalty, but they had Shane Duffy sent off in that 2-1 defeat. That was their first encounter since the infamous meeting in Paris, when Thierry Henry’s handball dumped the Irish out of the 2010 World Cup. That left some bad blood between the two, which makes this friendly meeting on Monday even more interesting.
- France 2-1 Republic of Ireland – June 2016, Euro 2016
- France 1-1 Republic of Ireland – Nov 2009, World Cup Qualifier
- Republic of Ireland 0-1 France – Nov 2009, World Cup Qualifier
- Republic of Ireland 0-1 France – Sept 2005, World Cup Qualifier
- France 0-0 Republic of Ireland – Oct 2004, World Cup Qualifier
- Russia 1-3 France – 27th March, Friendly
- France 2-3 Colombia – 23rd March, Friendly
- Germany 2-2 France – 14th November, Friendly
- France 2-0 Wales – 10th November, Friendly
- France 2-1 Belarus – 10th October, World Cup Qualifier
Republic of Ireland
- Turkey 1-0 Republic of Ireland – 23rd March, Friendly
- Republic of Ireland 1-5 Denmark – 14th, World Cup Play-off
- Denmark 0-0 Republic of Ireland – 11th November, World Cup Play-off
- Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland – 9th October, World Cup Qualifier
- Republic of Ireland 2-0 Moldova – 6th October, World Cup Qualifier