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Ireland v France: No luck of the Irish required at the Aviva

| 13.02.2015

Having seen off Italy with a 26-3 victory that was as comfortable as the scoreline suggested Ireland were able to watch on as France toiled for long periods against a resilient Scotland team in Paris before finally triumphing 15-8.

Les Bleus may not be so fortunate at the Aviva Stadium however with the 4/11 favourites Ireland in rampant form having won eight successive matches, scoring 27 tries along the way.

It’s the Green Army’s best run of form since 2009 and looks unlikely to be halted against a France side that has failed to beat Ireland in their last three meetings and even lost on their own turf the last time these two played.

With confidence in a home win high, here are three bets we are backing to come good this Saturday.

First Scoring Play – Ireland Try @ 5/1

Fans may have had to wait until the second half to see an Ireland try against Italy but we are backing them to come flying out of the blocks against the French.

Ireland have opened the scoring with a try in the previous two meetings between the teams at the Aviva Stadium and with the hosts brimming with confidence and on a great run of form, which also includes plenty of instances of them  crossing the line, backing an early try looks a solid prospect.

Tommy Bowe to score a try at any time @ 11/5

Bowe was not among the scorers last weekend but he has a habit of saving his tries for the big occasions, having crossed the line in recent victories against Australia and South Africa.

A major factor in Ireland’s fantastic run of form, we think he looks a very reliable pick to get among the points in Dublin this weekend.

Winning Margin – Ireland 1-5 points @ 9/2

Though Ireland are the undoubted favourites to win here, it’s important to note that recent encounters between the two teams have been close affairs with five points or less separating the teams in each of their last three meetings.

Two of those ended in a draw while Ireland triumphed 22-20 when the sides met in Paris. With France and Ireland both recently beating Australia by just three points, backing another close encounter could prove a canny move.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.