How do you stop France at the Parc des Princes? After all, this is a team who made short work of Netherlands back in March, winning 4-0 against strong opponents. Les Bleus reached the 2022 World Cup final, with Didier Deschamps having now been in charge of the national team since 2012 and this continuity has helped the French be successful.

They are among the Euro 2024 favourites and it could be a facile victory for Deschamps’ side when they clash with the Republic on Thursday night. The best betting angle could be to back France to claim a victory without conceding, especially as they have achieved this on four straight occasions in qualifying already.

Benjamin Pavard was the match winner in Dublin earlier this year as France claimed a 1-0 win and the Inter Milan defender is among the experienced players in the squad. Record scorer Olivier Giroud also continues to be selected, with the Milan forward flanked by Antoine Griezmann, although it’s captain Kylian Mbappe who is the jewel in the crown.

Mbappe has had his fair share of wrangles with Paris Saint-Germain this summer although his international record is strong, with forty goals in seventy games. There are sure to be lots of Bet Builders featuring the PSG forward to score or have a certain number of shots on target, with Ireland big outsiders to get anything from the game.


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