Tip Ireland - France
Ireland are second in the Six Nations tournament two points behind England who have a 100% record. They began their campaign losing away to Scotland despite a second half comeback. Then they got back on track with a hammering of Ireland in Rome. France narrowly lost to England at Twickenham and then beat Scotland at home but this looks a tough game for them. This is Ireland's first home match of the tournament and will have Iain Henderson and Rory Best back in their side. Josh van der Flier is missing though. A big factor in this match is how the French pack performs, if they are on top form then that could present Ireland with some problems. France beat Ireland by a point last February but that's their only win over the Irish in the last six meetings between these two sides and haven't won a Six Nations match in Dublin since 2011. Ireland can get the win here to set up a great match against England.
Key points Ireland - France
Ireland are unlucky not to have won both their games.
France haven't won a Six Nations match in Dublin since 2011.
Ireland have key players back in their side.
Conclusion Ireland - France
Ireland are boosted by the return of key players and that plus home advantage can get them a win over the French. Go for them on a -7 handicap.
Ireland France Prediction published on February 23, 2017