Republic of Ireland vs Sweden by Cobbyj

Ireland will be looking to improve their chances of getting through to the knockout stage and end their 4 game losing streak in the European Championship finals, which is currently the longest losing streak of a Euro 2016 team. Added to this, Ireland are also coming off of a 2-1 loss to Belarus in their final friendly before the tournament, which is not the ideal preparation, or is it?


Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill is quietly confident that both Robbie Keane and James McCarthy will be available even though they have respective calf and hamstring injuries. Ireland forward Shane Long and Jon Walters will be the main threat I feel in tonight's duel against Sweden. Long scored three of his 16 international goals during the qualification period of this tournament, whilst Murphy scored 5.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 4 year stint at PSG has been exceptional and his final season there has produced 50 goals. He is now turning his focus to do the same for Sweden and wants to write himself into the history books here too.


The Swedish captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic has warned the Republic of Ireland that "the legend can still deliver", which is a warning he means business. The Sweden winger Emil Forsberg (Red Bull Leipzig) is likely to cause problems, who has teamed up very well with Ibrahimovic, so there could be some excitement there. The two of them them already have a strong chemistry on the pitch. It looks like the Irish defense will be marshaled by Shane Duffy alongside O’Shea. Duffy has three caps to his name. What an occasion it stands to be for him, which will probably make him nervous and open to lacks of judgement. With the attacking force from Sweden, I think, Ireland may need counseling after this match!


With the possible strength of Ibrahomovic and Forsberg , I was tempted to go for a multi scorer at 7.5 / 1, but think I will stick with the Sweden over 1.5 goals @ 2.62 / 1. Still a good shout.


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Pick Bookmaker Odds Stake Result
Sweden over 1.5 goals Bet365 2.62 7 1-1 LOST (-7 units)
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