Rep of Ireland v France Betting Preview

ITV1 Sunday 26th June / 2pm

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
France 1-0Correct Score7/2Bet365
Rep of Ireland 1-0Correct Score18/1Sky Bet
0-0Half-Time Score6/4Paddy Power
After the 33rd minute Time Of First Goal EvensPaddy Power
Under 2.5Total Goals5/9Unibet
Dimitri Payet (ew)First Goalscorer5/1Bet365

No matter what they say, inevitably Ireland will want revenge for Thierry Henry’s ‘handball’, which cost them so dearly in their 2009 World Cup qualifying playoff.

But the hosts are strong favourites to beat Martin O’Neill’s side in Lyon at best odds of just 7/15 with Unibet, while the Republic are as big as 10/1 with Bet365.

France scored four goals in their three group games, but they only managed 11 shots on target in total, and with Ireland having scored only twice (from just 10 shots on target), this could well be a cagey affair, perhaps won by a solitary goal.

Thus, we recommend backing both 1-0’s here – France to win 1-0 is 7/2 at Bet365, while an Irish 1-0 victory is available at stand-out odds of 18/1 with Sky Bet.

There were no first-half goals in either Ireland or France’s three group games, so we also recommend backing a 0-0 Half-Time Score at 6/4 with Paddy Power.

On the same basis, we like the even-money with Paddy Power on the first goal being scored after the 33rd minute, plus Under 2.5 Goals at 5/9 with Unibet.

Finally, let’s back Dimitri Payet each-way to score the first goal at 5/1 with Bet365. He has been one of the players of the tournament and also takes any free kicks.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
France 1-0Correct Score7/2Bet365
Rep of Ireland 1-0Correct Score18/1Sky Bet
0-0Half-Time Score6/4Paddy Power
After the 33rd minute Time Of First Goal EvensPaddy Power
Under 2.5Total Goals5/9Unibet
Dimitri Payet (ew)First Goalscorer5/1Bet365