France v Republic of Ireland tips – expect a tight clash in Lyon

Expect a tight clash in Lyon

France's Dimitri Payet, left, scores his side's second goal during the Euro 2016 Group A soccer match between France and Albania at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Wednesday, June 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Under 1.5 Goals

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Betting Tip: Under 1.5 Goals @ 3/2 with ladbrokes

You can go ahead and back France at 4/9 to win Sunday’s clash against the Republic of Ireland although it would seem a dangerous game to play.

Les Bleus did beat Romania and Albania before a goalless draw against Switzerland, although late winners were required in both instances.

Indeed, France did not carve out a series of chances in any of their group games, being over-reliant on Dimitri Payet – a player who was brought in from the cold by Didier Deschamps.

Payet is clearly a magical talent although more is needed from Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann if France are to prosper, while Anthony Martial and Kingsley Coman might be young and exciting but they are also lacking in big game experience.

Ireland’s game plan will be simple. Operate in a nice compact fashion with Shane Long foraging up front, while the hard-working Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady and James McCarthy will try to win the ball back and break up French play.

At the very least, the Republic won’t concede anything like the three goals they shipped against Belgium, with the 1-0 victory against Italy providing a blueprint for what can be achieved.

Martin O’Neill saw his Ireland team beat Germany 1-0 at the Aviva Stadium in qualifying after a 1-1 draw against the world champions in the reverse fixture and anything can happen in this one-off game.

Therefore, let’s go for no more than a goal to be scored in this clash.

Betting Tip: Under 1.5 Goals @ 3/2 with ladbrokes

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