It is crunch time in Group C of the World Cup qualification, as Giovanni Trapattoni's men host Erik Hamren's side with both sides vying for a desperately needed victoryRepublic of Ireland host Sweden on Friday with both sides in desperate need of picking up three points. The two teams sit on 11 points in the group, level with Austria in second and five points behind Germany, who top the group. With four matches left to play in Group C, each point is vital in the quest to take the play-off position in the group, with Germany expected to seal the top spot.
Ireland come into this match unbeaten in the qualifying group since their heavy defeat to Germany in October last year. A performance driven by Marco Reus saw the Germans destroy Trapottoni's men 6-1 at the Aviva Stadium. Since then, Ireland have picked up eight points from four matches. Paddy Power price them at 7/4 (2.75) to take the win in this game.
Sweden have had a shaky run in the qualifying group over their last few matches, winning one, drawing two and losing on from their last five. Erik Hamren's side defeated Faroe Islands 2-0 at home last time out, getting back to winning ways after losing away to Austria.
With Austria and Germany still to play at home, they will be keen to win here to set them in good stead for those matches. Paddy Power price them at 13/8 (2.63) to win the match. The same firm prices the draw at 11/5 (3.20).
A bet that stands out in this fixture is both teams to score. Despite the previous match between these sides ending in a 0-0 draw, that was not without plenty of chances for both sides. Paddy Power price both teams to find the net at 8/11 (1.73), a bet that would have paid out in all three of Sweden's away qualifying matches so far.
For those looking for more value, the over 2.5 goals bet at 11/10 (2.10) is a fantastic price. This bet would have paid out in all three of Ireland's home qualifying matches so far, as well as all three of Sweden's away qualifying games. With both sides needing a victory, expect goals in this encounter.
|BEST BET||VALUE BET|
|Both teams to score at 8/11 (1.73) 2pts with Paddy Power||Over 2.5 goals at 11/10 (2.10) 1.5pt with Paddy Power|
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