Sweden - Ireland Betting Preview: Forwards to come out on top for these two free-scoring teams

The best of the rest battle it out in Stockholm in a huge World Cup qualifying match and Hugh Wilson is backing goals and a 31/10 value bet
Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane came out this week to say that realistically his country will be in a fight with Sweden for second spot in group C, with 2010 World Cup semi-finalists Germany favourites to top the group.

Giovanni Trapattoni’s men travel to the newly built Friends Arena for a crunch match against Erik Hamren’s outfit on Friday evening.

The Irish have had a mixed start to their qualifying, escaping Kazakhstan with a win after two late goals.

Germany then taught them a lesson in Dublin, thrashing them 6-1, before Ireland travelled to Faroe Islands where they recorded a solid 4-1 victory. BetVictor price them at 13/2 (7.50) to come out on top of this clash.

Unsurprisingly, Sweden are heavy favourites for this match, BetVictor offering them at just 1/2 (1.50).

They too have had a dramatic qualifying run so far, after two solid victories against Kazakhstan and Faroe Islands, they found themselves 4-0 down against Germany in Berlin last October, only to stage an remarkable come back, scoring four goals in the last 28 minutes to grab a point.

For those who think the two sides will cancel each other out, BetVictor offers the draw at 33/10 (4.30).

The last competitive game between the two sides came back in 1970, which saw Sweden come out on top with a 1-0 victory. Despite the odds, it seems like a tough one to call in terms of the outright result.

A bet that jumps off the page though is over 2.5 goals in the game at 11/10 (2.10).

All of Ireland’s qualifying matches so far would have seen this pay out, as well as Sweden’s last two competitive matches. 

In fact, had you backed over 4.5 goals in both of the teams last qualifying matches, then you would have made significant returns, so backing over 2.5 seems like a banker.

For those looking for more value, look no further than the anytime goal scorer market.

CSKA Moscow’s Swedish midfielder Rasmus Elm grabbed the 93rd-minute equaliser against Germany last year, and is in fine form for his country, scoring three goals in his last five matches.

Elm is 31/10 (4.10) with BetVictor to hit the back of the net in the 90 minutes, which is certainly worth it for those looking to back something with a smaller stake.

Over 2.5 goals at 11/10 (2.10) with BetVictor
Rasmus Elm to score in 90 minutes at 31/10 (4.10) with BetVictor

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