Ireland v France Betting Preview – World Cup Qualifying Play-Off

14th November 2009 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
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IRELAND V FRANCE

While England and Brazil are fighting it out in Qatar for the bragging rights of winning a friendly, Ireland will be looking to get a foot in the door of the plane which heads to World Cup 2010 in South Africa. The Republic of Ireland take on France at Croke Park on Saturday, looking to make the most of an important home advantage. Ireland, under manager Giovani Trapattoni, went unbeaten in their qualifying group, which included Italy. France, who finished second in their group to Serbia, lost only the once. There are only four European spots left now at South Africa 2010, and Ireland, despite being the underdogs with the Bookies, will be looking to round off an excellent qualifying campaign, by giving the French something to ponder. The pressure and expectations will be on the French, and coach Raymond Domenech has some injury worries. They will likely be missing influential midfielder Jeremy Toulanan, and Franck Ribery has already been ruled out. Real Madrid’s Lassana Diara, who needed extra time to join up with the rest of his countrymen, is fit and ready to go though. Ireland boss Giovani Trapattoni has the luxury of pretty much a full squad to choose from though. With Damien Duff returning from injury, and Liam Lawrence looking most likely to take his place in the middle of the park.

It’s a tough call to know which France will turn out. Sometimes throughout qualifying they have looked a little disorientated and with no cohesive game plan. They may very well employ three strikers up front, with a 4-3-3 formation. That will sound like a brave move for an away team, but you just never know with France. They can either turn on the style and look imperious, or struggle to get and flow into their game whatsoever. But even when they are playing badly, they can still grind out a result. There will be a contrast in styles no doubt, with the emphasis on the Irish to push forward with the home crowd behind them. The Irish should play at pace, with passion, as they are just 180 minutes away from joining England at the World Cup 2010, and more likely than not, ending the under pressure Domenech’s turbulent reign at the helm of France.

Ireland to win: 11/5 at Ladbrokes
Draw: 11/5 at Stan James
France to win: 6/4 at Totesport

Current Form of Last 10 Games (including Friendlies):
France W6, D2, L2
Ireland W2. D6, L1

Ireland have a 40.6 win percentage at home. France have a 55 win percentage away.
France’s last two games have ended in positive for Over 2 goals
Ireland have won on either a -0.25 or -0.50 Asian Handicap in three of their last four games

Prediction: Ireland 1, France 1 – 11/2 at Bet365

 




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