Rep of Ireland v Sweden Betting Preview

BBC1 Monday 13th June / 5pm

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
1-1Correct Score6/1Betfred
Zlatan IbrahimovicAnytime Goalscorer8/5Stan James
Shane LongFirst Goalscorer7/1Paddy Power

In a group that includes Belgium and Italy, both Sweden and the Rep of Ireland will see this game at the Stade de France as one that they cannot afford to lose.

The teams met in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, drawing 0-0 in Sweden, before the Swedes won 2-1 in Dublin and another close game is anticipated here.

Both sides finished third in their respective qualifying groups and made their way to France via the play-offs, but Sweden at least arrive on the back of a 3-0 win over Wales, while Ireland lost 2-1 at home to Belarus in their final warm-up game.

Martin O’Neill once described Zlatan Ibrahimovic as “the most over-rated player on the planet” and while that was a long time ago, Sweden’s talisman, playing in familiar surroundings, can make Ireland’s manager regret those words.

The Swedish captain scored 11 times during their qualification campaign and would become the first man to score at four different European Championship Final’s with a goal at Euro 2016 (he has six goals in ten games so far).

His last season here in France with PSG saw him score a career-best 50 goals – two of those in the Coupe de France Final at this very stadium last month – and he can be backed at stand-out odds of 8/5 with Stan James to score.

Ireland have never scored more than one goal in a game at the Euro Final’s and scored exactly one goal in each of their four qualifying games against Germany and Poland, including two 1-1 scorelines – another 1-1 here is available at 6/1.

Shane Long could be the man to get their goal – the Southampton striker, linked with a move to the likes of Liverpool and Spurs, scored Ireland’s winner against Germany in their famous 1-0 victory in October and is 7/1 to score first in Paris.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
1-1Correct Score6/1Betfred
Zlatan IbrahimovicAnytime Goalscorer8/5Stan James
Shane LongFirst Goalscorer7/1Paddy Power