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Ireland vs France Predictions & Tips - France backed to take a step closer to Six Nations glory
- Ireland vs France predictions for Sunday’s Six Nations match
- Match is being played at 15:00 GMT at the Aviva Stadium
- France beat Ireland 35-27 in their last encounter
- I am tipping France to cover the -4 handicap in Dublin
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France have won six of their last eight matches (Getty Images)
Ireland vs France Predictions
A close encounter is expected in Ireland but the absence of key individuals gives France the edge for me. Ireland are strong at home but without the crowd, I’m backing France to win by more than four points.
- Ireland are missing 4 key players for this match.
- Ireland lost by 6 points against Wales in their last match.
- France have won 6 of their last 8 matches.
- France have covered the -4 handicap in 5 of their last 8 matches.
- France won 35-27 in their last match against Ireland.
Head to Head
Ireland have won six of their last eight matches against France. Their last encounter took place at the Stade de France in the 2020 Six Nations where France won 35-27.
Ireland finished the 2020 Six Nations campaign in third place but were in with an outside shot at the title going into the final match. Unfortunately they lost that must-win match 35-27 to France at the Stade de France.
This season Ireland’s Six Nations campaign got off to a horror start. After losing 21-16 in Wales on the opening weekend, Ireland must win all their remaining matches if they hope to win the Six Nations title.
Ireland won’t necessarily be disappointed with their efforts against Wales after they had to play the majority of the match with 14 men. This after Peter O’Mahony was red carded in the first half.
Ireland Injuries & Team News
Peter O’Mahony has received a three-match ban after his red card against Wales. He will only return towards the latter stages of the competition.
Captain Jonny Sexton, scrumhalf, Conor Murray and James Ryan are all injured for Ireland. Coach Andy Farrell will be cursing his luck with four of his most influential players missing.
France will feel hard done by the fact that they lost out on points difference to England in the Six Nations in 2020. This year they will want to rectify that and they got off to the perfect start.
Les Bleus dominated Italy from start to finish in a 50-10 victory. It was the perfect game for France to prepare as a visit to Ireland is arguably the most difficult trip in the Six Nations.
There won’t be much to choose between these two sides but France will hope that the weather doesn’t play havoc on Sunday afternoon. Poor weather will bring Ireland into the game.
France Injuries & Team News
France have made two changes for this encounter. Damian Penaud comes in for Teddy Thomas on the wing. Thomas will feature off the bench.
Flank Anthony Jelonch comes in for Dylan Cretin, who is also named on the bench.
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France are in good form and will be confidence of turning Ireland over. While Ireland are a difficult side to beat in Dublin, they are missing key players and with no crowd, they could struggle. I'm backing France to win by more than four points.
Best Bet: France -4 Handicap Handicap @-111.11 at BetMGM - 4 Units