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Euro 2016 Faves France Face Ireland Sunday

Dimitri Payet France Euro 2016

France won Group A with seven points and the favorite to win Euro 2016 now faces Ireland as Round of 16 action continues Sunday in Lyon. It wasn’t exactly an easy seven points for the French as they yet to have that “dominant” showing on home soil but Ireland might be the team they need to find that sort of form.

SHARK BITES
  • The last five meetings between these two have all stayed UNDER 2 goals.
  • Ireland won the last meetings (2009) by a score of 1-0.
  • France has seven wins, five losses and four draws in 16 all-time meetings.

Online book Bovada is currently offering France as favorites with a -220 price tag while Ireland is presently +800 and the Draw is +300. As far as spread betting is concerned, France is a 1-goal favorite at -125 juice while the Irish are sitting there at +105 as dogs. Finally, as far as the total is concerned, OVER 2 goals is -110 and UNDER the 2 is -115.

Les Bleus were rolling along with six-straight wins prior to the draw versus Switzerland in the final group stage match. That said, their two wins at Euro 2016 came in the dying mometns as Dimitri Payet scored a late winner to give France the 2-1 victory over Romania while Antoine Griezmann and Payet bagged a pair of late goals to escape what looked like a 0-0 draw against Albania with a 2-0 victory.

Ireland has struggled at Euro 2016 and is lucky to be here. They managed a 1-0 win against a heavily-rotated Italian side to get through as one of the “top” third-place sides.

The Irish enter the contest with just two goals scored compared to four conceded and could be the perfect team for France to face and start hitting their stride.

There isn’t a ton of value in taking the French on a standalone ticket, but Les Bleus could provide good value on parlay cards on an action-packed Sunday.

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