Republic of Ireland v Sweden Preview

September 4, 2013 | By

2013 Premier League Asia Trophy Free Bets No Deposit Required International World Cup Qualification action on Friday Night features Republic of Ireland playing host to Sweden at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 2 High Definition, with a scheduled 19:45pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Republic of Ireland v Sweden Preview, 2014 World Cup Qualification, Friday 6th September 2013

A huge game for Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni and his side as with just as with just three games remaining after this one, a victory for the home side is a must if they are to keep hopes alive of being in with a chance to qualify for the 2014 World Cup next summer.

Sweden will also be aware that they need to win this game also if they are to keep their own hopes alive of making it to Rio De Janeiro next summer as with both nations on the same amounts of points the side that loses this game on friday night will pretty much be out of contention to qualify and as such we should be in for an explosive encounter.

Republic of Ireland v Sweden Team News

Republic of Ireland Team News:

A few injury problems for manager Giovanni Trapattoni to deal with as Stephen Kelly, Aiden McGeady and Sean St Ledger are all missing due to respective injuries. James McCarthy and Greg Cunningham have been called up as replacements.

Sweden Team News:

No fresh injury problems or suspensions for manager Erik Hamen so expect to see a strong looking lineup that will no doubt consist of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sebastian Larsson, Kim Källström and Johan Elmander all being involved in the starting lineup.

Republic of Ireland v Sweden Head to Head Statistics

22/03/13 WQE Sweden – Republic of Ireland
0 : 0
01/03/06 FRI Republic of Ireland – Sweden
3 : 0
27/04/99 PRL Republic of Ireland – Sweden
2 : 0
28/10/70 ECQ Sweden – Republic of Ireland 1 : 0
14/10/70 ECQ Republic of Ireland – Sweden 1 : 1

Who Has The Advantage?

These two nations have met each other on nine previous occasion’s with Republic of Ireland having won 3 times, Sweden having won 4 times and the remaining 2 games having finished all square.

Recent meetings between the two countries though show Republic of Ireland with a clear advantage, having won 2 of the last 5 played with Sweden winning just once and the remaining two games having finished in draws.

Average Goals Per Game?

The last 9 meetings have seen a total of 26 goals scored by both nations which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.88 suggesting we should see one or two goals scored at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin come friday night.

Republic of Ireland v Sweden Recent Form

Republic of Ireland: D W W L D

Sweden: D W L W W

Sweden just edge the recent form stats, having won three of their last five games played with Republic of Ireland managing just two victories from their last five played, both sides have only lost once during these matches.

Republic of Ireland v Sweden Match Betting Odds Market.

Republic of Ireland are currently a best price of 7/4 with Paddy Power (£50 Free Bets for New Customers) to win this game, which looks reasonable odds given they have the all important home advantage.

The Draw will probably attract plenty of support here as with two of the last five meetings having finished all square and both countries knowing that a defeat could see them miss out on any chance to qualify, this should be a very tight game and odds of 9/4 with Sky Bet (£10 Free Bets, No Deposit Required for New Customers) looks decent value.

Sweden are definitely the side in better form heading into this game having won their last two games on the bounce and with players like Ibrahimovic leading the attack up front they will pose a real threat to the Irish defence on friday night and odds of 8/5 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) also looks decent value here.

Republic of Ireland v Sweden Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

With the loser no doubt facing an impossible task to qualify with three games remaining I would expect this game to be extremely tight indeed as both sides will probably defend deep in numbers and try to use the counter attack as their best route to finding a goal.

The goal stats suggest one or two goals to be scored in this game which looks spot on as one goal could easily be enough to win this game for either side and based on the recent performances both countries have an equal chance of winning and this is one of those matches that really does have potential to go either way on the night and the most sensible option looks to be the goal markets.

First Goal Scorer Bets are also a good way to pick us some huge value and with Sweden’s Ibrahimovic having scored a hat-trick in the 4-2 thrashing of Norway last time out he could be the one to be on here.

The Verdict

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