France will try to maintain their unbeaten record in Group B of Euro 2024 qualifying when they host the Republic of Ireland at Parc des Princes on Thursday evening.
The Boys in Green will be out for vengeance against Les Blues after losing 1-0 in Dublin in the earlier meeting in March, thanks to a magnificent strike from Benjamin Pavard.
Nearly seven months have passed since France’s tragic World Cup final loss on penalties to Argentina in Qatar, and Didier Deschamps’ team has responded superbly with a four-game winning streak in the Euro 2024 qualification.
Les Bleus are one of just four European nations with a perfect record in Euro 2024 qualifying, having won all four games against the Netherlands, Republic of Ireland, Gibraltar, and Greece, scoring nine goals and holding four clean sheets.
After failing to qualify for Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup, the Republic of Ireland got off to a shaky start in Euro 2024 qualifying, suffering back-to-back defeats against France and Greece.
Stephen Kenny’s team, on the other hand, earned their first three points when they defeated European underdogs Gibraltar 3-0 at the Aviva Stadium in June, with goals from Mikey Johnston, Evan Ferguson, and Adam Idah.
The Boys in Green are still in contention for a top-two berth in Group B with five qualifiers remaining, but they will be mindful that the Netherlands, who meet Kenny’s side in Dublin on Sunday, have at least one game in hand on every other nation in the group.
The game is scheduled for an 18:45 GMT kickoff.