Republic of Ireland U19 vs France U19 - Clash of exciting attacks to produce over 2.5 goals

Red hot France backed to win high scoring clash with Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland U19 vs France U19
Republic of Ireland U19 vs France U19 clash is expected to produce goals (Getty Images)

Republic of Ireland U19 vs France U19 Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Republic of Ireland and France are poised to serve up an open encounter in their 2019 UEFA U19 European Championship fixture at the Yerevan Football Academy. Both teams enjoy an open style of play and boast plenty of attacking quality. They are tipped to produce over 2.5 goals at 1.61 while the French are predicted to win at odds of 2.10.

Republic of Ireland U19 Form & Team News


Republic of Ireland are coming off a 1-1 draw against Norway in their opening match on Monday. They fell behind early in the first half and were made to wait until the 81st minute before Joseph Hodge struck the equaliser.

Tom Mohan’s men often favour an attacking style and tend to score lots of goals in their matches. They are not favoured to win on Thursday at odds of 7.00 while a draw is priced at 4.33 but given France’s penchant for expansive football, I expect the Irish to find the net in this one.

Jonathan Afolabi played for 90 minutes against Norway and is expected to retain his place in the team. The striker has three goals in four matches and should feature in attack alongside Ali Reghba, who has also impressed in recent matches.

France U19 Form & Team News


France were impressive in their opening match as they earned a 3-0 victory over Czech Republic. Alexis Flips found the net either side of the break while Charles Abi continued his recent good form by scoring the third on 52 minutes.

It was the third straight victory for the French, who are seeking their fourth U19 title. Lionel Rouxel's men are valued at 1.44 for a win on Thursday but I expect them to be tested by the Irish so a bet on over 2.5 goals should be considered.

Charles Abi has been excellent for France lately having scored in his last three matches. The forward should start in attack on Thursday with support from Alexis Flips who is coming off an impressive brace against Czech Republic.

France U19
France U19 have won their last three matches in all competitions (Getty Images)

Republic of Ireland U19 vs France U19 Head to Head


This will be the first ever meeting between Republic of Ireland and France.

Republic of Ireland U19 vs France U19 Match Up 


Republic of Ireland parade a good forward line and have scored 11 goals in their last four matches. Jonathan Afolabi has three goals in that run while Ali Reghba has also found the net. Both men are expected to give the French defence a hard time.

France have also shown plenty of quality in attack with three goals in each of their last three matches. Charles Abi and Alexis Flips have combined for five goals in their last three appearances and should get the better of the Irish.

Charles Abi
French forward Charles Abi has scored on his last three appearances and is expected to be a key man for the France (Getty Images)

Republic of Ireland U19 vs France U19 Key Statistics 


  • Republic of Ireland U19 have seen over 2.5 goals in 4 of their last 6 matches (all competitions).
  • France U19 have won their last 3 matches (all competitions).
  • France U19 have failed to keep a clean sheet in 6 of their last 9 matches (UEFA U19 Championship).

Verdict 


Republic of Ireland and France are both excellent going forward and often serve up goals in their matches. They are expected to produce over 2.5 goals at 1.61 while the French are expected to claim the win at odds of 2.10.

Best Bet: Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.61 at bet365 – 3 Units
Value Bet: France U19 Win & Over 2.5 Goals @ 2.10 at bet365 – 1 Unit
Correct Score Tip: France U19 Win 2-1 @ 8.00 at bet365 – 1 Unit

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