France v Ireland Betting Statistics

17th November 2009 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
World Cup Previews & Predictions

It is the final 90 minutes of the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup 2010 dreams on Wednesday. They head to Paris trailing 1-0 on aggregate, courtesy of a goal by Chelsea’s Nicolas Anelka at Croke Park. The Irish must remain upbeat, and having a full, healthy squad to chose from will instill a little bit of confidence. However, it is only on rare occassions that the Irish seem to pull out an international win away from the comfort of home. This time they need to hit the back of the net, and bury any slight chance that comes their way. Somewhere down the line the are going to need to do that twice in order to head to South Africa next year, and the stats do not seem to be working in Ireland’s favour. While France seem to like winning 1-0, Ireland have quite a penchant for drawing games. A draw on Wednesday night will simply not be good enough, but Ireland do not quite have the same amount of firepower as the French do. That will be what boss Giovani Trapattoni will be pondering ahead of the game, how to get two goals out of his side while keeping a clean sheet. A 1-0 win in regulation time for the Irish, will see the game go to Extra time and then onto penalties if all things are in parity at the end of that.

Betting Stats:

  • In the last three head to heads, Ireland have yet to register a goal against the French, with two 1-0 defeats, and a 0-0 draw.
  • Ireland have scored 7 times in their last 8 games (they failed to find the net in three of those games)
  • France have scored 13 times in their last 8 games (only two occasions did they score more than 1 goal)
  • Ireland have just a 33.3% win record away from home
  • France have a 58.5% win record at home

Last 10 Matches
France W7, D2, L1
Ireland W2, D6, L1

France were clearly the better side at Croke Park, and to be honest could have put the tie beyond the Irish already. They were crisper in their passing, and more fluent with their creativity, especially when the Irish ran out of steam three quarters of the way into the match. But one thing the French will be expecting, is a battle. The Irish will battle all the way, and they will invariably create at least one good chance on the night. It is now all down to how the players cope under pressure on the big night. In all respects nothing much has changed since the first leg, the Irish still need to go to Paris and perform, and of course winning in ninety minutes will be preferable. The French are the better side and that is reflected in Bookmakers prices. It could be a firey match, with tempers flaring at the final whistle at Croke Park.

France to win: 8/15 at Totesport
Draw: 3/1 at Bet365
Ireland to win: 13/2 at Coral

France to Qualify – 1/12 at Ladbrokes
Ireland to Qualify - 8/1 at Paddy Power

Betting Tips:
Both relatively low scoring teams, so backing Ireland with a +1 Asian Handicap makes great sense. That means if they draw or win, the bet is won, and even if they lose by a 1-0 scoreline, you’ll get your stake refunded.
Republic of Ireland +1 Asian Handicap – 37/40 at Bet365

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