France v Republic of Ireland

Aung Thu at Muangthong United

France will look to add to their credentials as Euro 2016 favourites when they take on a spirited Republic of Ireland in their round-of-16 fixture on Sunday.

Martin O’Neill's team endured a tough European Championship campaign prior to their final Group E fixture against Italy, having drawn 1-1 with Sweden, before being thrashed 3-0 by Belgium.

However, the Irish put in a determined performance to emerge 1-0 victors against the Azzurri to qualify for the4 knockout stages as one of the best third-placed finishers.

Didier Deschamps' side eased through the group stages by defeating Romania (2-1) and Albania (2-0), before being held to a 0-0 draw by Switzerland to top Group A.

Les Bleus have a far superior head-to-head win ratio between the two teams, having won seven of the past 16 meetings.

The host nation's chances of securing their first major piece of silverware since winning Euro 2000 will largely hinge on the performances of midfielders Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet as well as the attacking prowess of Olivier Giroud.

O'Neill faces uncertainty regarding the availability of full-back Stephen Ward, who damaged his ankle in the first half of Wednesday's historic victory over Italy, despite completing the match.

Striker Jonathan Walters is expected to hand the Irish a welcome boost after he missed the last two games due to an Achilles injury.

Deschamps is likely to field the same team that defeated Romania in their tournament opener, with no notable injury concerns to contend with.