France vs Republic of Ireland: Head to head statistics
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France have been simply unstoppable in Euro 2024 qualifying so far, with that trend likely to continue.
To date, Didier Deschamps’ team have played four and won four, not so much as conceding a goal.
Back in March, les Bleus demolished Netherlands 4-0 at Stade de France, before a hard-fought 1-0 victory in Dublin.
Benjamin Pavard the only scorer that night, thwacking one in from distance, but Mike Maignan was the hero, pulling off a remarkable save deep into stoppage time to deny Nathan Collins.
Then, during the summer, the World Cup finalists swatted aside Gibraltar 3-0 at Estádio Algarve, before Kylian Mbappé's penalty was enough to down Greece in Paris.
This all leaves the two-times European Champions six points clear at the top of Group B, still on track to qualify for a Euros with a perfect record for only the third time, after ‘92 and 2004.
Republic of Ireland meantime haven’t featured at a major tournament since Euro 2016 in France, when they were dumped out in the round of 16 by the hosts.
This fact looks unlikely to change any time soon, after Stephen Kenny’s team began this campaign with back-to-back defeats; that aforementioned 1-0 defeat in the reverse fixture, before a 2-1 loss in Athens.
The Boys in Green did at least get off the mark in their most-recent outing, demolishing whipping boys Gibraltar 3-0 at home, with Mikey Johnston, Evan Ferguson and Adam Idah all on target.
Nevertheless, with France, the Dutch and Greece also in this group of death, Ireland were never likely to achieve a top two finish.
However, Kenny’s team are, more-or-less, guaranteed a play-off place via the Nations League.
So, even if any points they accumulate in this group will, almost certainly, be ultimately in vain, Ireland will need to build momentum ahead of a probably play-off in March.
Here though, up against the side who’ve reached back-to-back World Cup Finals, anything other than a win for France at Parc des Princes would be a major shock.
France team news
Wesley Fofana, Ibrahima Konaté, Ferland Mendy and Christopher Nkunku are all out injured, but there’s still world-class players everywhere you look.
Antoine Griezmann has featured in every single competitive international since his debut at the 2014 World Cup, a streak he’ll continue here.
That last time les Bleus played at Parc des Princes, Kylian Mbappé scored four in an 8-0 hammering of Kazakhstan, hoping for more of the same.
Republic of Ireland team news
Fresh from scoring a hat-trick against Newcastle on Saturday, 18 year old striker Evan Ferguson has been ruled out of this squad due to an injury, which is a massive blow to Ireland’s hopes of an upset.
Without him, the attacking options are Adam Idah, Aaron Connolly and Chiedozie Ogbene.
James McClean won his 100th cap against Gibraltar in June, becoming just the seventh Irishman to achieve this.
In goal, Gavin Bazunu will keep his place, chosen over Caoimhín Kelleher, while Matt Doherty will start at right-wing-back, with captain Séamus Coleman still sidelined.