Hosts France plays Republic of Ireland in the round of 16 at Parc Olympic Lyonnas this Sunday. France emerged as a Group A winners having won Romania 2–1 in their opening game, they also defeated Albania by 2–0 while managed to share a points against Switzerland in their final day. Didier Deschamps must be satisfied with his side performance as they have two clean sheets in last three games.
On the other side, Ireland were among the best 3rd place team, they drew alongside Italy, Belgium and Sweden in group of death but managed to escape somehow, they drew their first game against Sweden, but were thrashed 3–0 by Belgium in second game but a late goal against Italy in final game helped them to reach the final 16.
France Vs Ireland IST Time and Live Stream
Match: France Vs Ireland (European Championship, last 16)
Date: Friday, June 26, 2016; 6:30 pm (IST)
Venue: France, Parc Olympique Lyonnais
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France Vs Ireland: Team News
Deschamps has been heavily criticized for changing his starting XI frequently but in knock out stage he will put strong starting XI, Pogba, Griezmann and Payet are expected to start while Coman and Martial will have to sit on bench once again.
Meanwhile Ireland midfielder Jonathan Walters is the only player missing in this match through the injury while other players are ready to step up in this big encounter against France.
France: Predicted Line-up (4−3−3)
Lloris – Sagna, Rami, Kolscielny, Evra – Sissoko, Cabaye, Pogba – Payet, Greizmann, Giroud.
Ireland: Predicted Line-up (4−4−2)
Randolph – Coleman, Duffy, Keogh, Ward – Hendrick, McCarthy, Brady, McClean – Murphy, Long
France Vs Ireland: Head to Head stats
In the last 16 meeting between these two sides, France have won 7 games, drawn 5 while Ireland have won 4 of them. France are unbeaten in 5 of their last 6 games with Ireland, they have won 3 and drawn 2; while losing just once.
France Vs Ireland: Prediction
Ireland are a tough team to beat but France are capable of turning the match within a second, We expect match to win for the home side in a tight encounter.
Final prediction: France 2–0 Ireland; France to score one goal in injury time