Republic of Ireland vs Sweden preview

TheWorldCupdreamremainsprettymuchaliveforbothsidesastheypreparetosquareoffatAvivaStadiuminDublin,hopingtomakethatextrasteptowardsBrazil。

WithbothIrelandandSwedensittingon11points,togetherwithAustria,chancesarewewillseeacrackingencounteronFridayevening。

Followingseveralunsuccessfulattempts,IrelandfinallyqualifiedforamajorcompetitionastheytookpartattheEuro2012,buttheycoulddolittletoavoidallthreegroupdefeats。

Theteamhave,however,recoveredwellfromtheheartbreakandtheyarestillverymuchincontentionforaplaceatthe2014WorldCupfinals。

AfterholdingSwedentoagoallessdrawontheroad,GiovanniTrapattonissidehadanexcellentchancetoedgeevenclosertothesecondplaceinthestandingsastheyhadaone-goalleadagainstAustria,butthegoaltheyconcededininjurytimedeniedthemtwopreviouspoints。

WithfourgamestogoandtripstoAustriaandGermanynext,IrelandneedtotryandbeatSwedeninDublin,andtheyare2。

80(9/5)withBetVictortodothat。

Onceagain,bossGiovanniTrapattonifacesarealselectionheadacheasAidenMcGeady,SeanStLedger,JoeyOBrienandPaddyMaddenhavealreadypulledoutofthesquad。

GregCunninghamhasbeencalledtoreplaceStephenKelly,butMarcWilsonandDarrenRandolphshouldbefittoplay。

Probablestartingline-up(4-4-2):Forde–Coleman,Dunne,OShea,Wilson–Walters,McCarthy,Whelan,Pilkington–Long,Keane。

Sweden,too,wereprettydisappointingattheEuro2012,butshowedplentyofimprovementinthe2014WorldCupqualifiers。

TheiramazingcomebackagainstGermany,whentheyearneda4-4drawaftercomingbackfromfourgoalsdown,willremainforeverwritteninthehistorybooks,buttheteamhavealsosufferedseveralslip-upsalongtheway。

WhiletheycouldonlymusteragoallessdrawathomeagainstRepublicofIreland,theScandinavianswerebeatenbyAustriaandtheyarenowhopingtomakeamendsinDublin。

Thatisgoingtobenoeasytaskconsideringtheiropponentsarealsoverymotivated,butbearinmindawaywinpays2。

70(17/10)atBetVictor。

KeydefenderAndreasGranqvistmissesoutthroughsuspension,whereasRasmusElmandMickaelLustigareoutinjured。

ThelikesofKimKallstrom,OlaToivonenandAlexKacaniklichavebeenrecalledandtheycouldplaysomepart。

Probablestartingline-up(4-4-1-1):Isaksson–A。

Johansson,R。

Bengtsson,J。

Olsson,Nilsson–Larsson,Wernbloom,Kallstrom,Kacaniklic–Ibrahimovic–Elmander。

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