Full of confidence after their demolition of the Netherlands on Friday, France will look to build a winning streak when they travel to face the Republic of Ireland on Monday.
Les Bleus, fresh off losing in the World Cup final, dismantled the Dutch to the tune of four unanswered goals, with new captain Kylian Mbappe kicking off his reign with two strikes of his own.
Ireland’s preparations for this game came earlier in the international break with a 3-2 friendly victory over Latvia, with exciting young striker Evan Ferguson bagging his first goal for his country.
Here’s all you need to know about this one.
Ireland vs France H2H Results (Last Five Games)
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Ireland team news
Right-back Seamus Coleman has been out with an injury but is thought to be in with a shout of returning for this one, albeit probably from the bench.
Potential debutants: N/A
Republic of Ireland predicted lineup (3-5-2): Bazunu; Egan, Collins, O’Shea; Doherty, Cullen, Molumby, Knight, O’Dowda; Ferguson, Obafemi
France team news
There are no fitness concerns for Didier Deschamps, who lost both William Saliba and Wesley Fofana to injuries before the break began.
Expect Les Bleus to go strong once again, but there should be plenty of minutes for fringe players later on.
Potential debutants: Brice Samba, Jean-Clair Todibo
France predicted lineup (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Pavard, Konate, Upamecano, Theo; Tchouameni, Camavinga; Coman, Griezmann, Mbappe; Kolo Muani
Even though they weren’t at full strength, Ireland’s nervy victory over Latvia won’t have done a whole lot to inspire confidence ahead of a visit from the World Cup finalists.
France are feeling good despite their heartbreak in Qatar and will be confident of a dominant victory to maintain their perfect start to their 2024 qualification journey.
Ireland haven’t actually lost a European qualifier on home soil in the last 13 years, and if that record is intact after this game, it’ll be a miracle.
Prediction: Ireland 0-4 France