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It's crunch time in Group C, as Giovanni Trapattoni’s men look for a much needed victory to help propel them towards World Cup 2014 qualification

Republic of Ireland host Sweden this Friday with both sides in desperate need of three points.

The two teams sit on 11 points in Group C, level with Austria in second and five points behind Germany who top the group.

With four matches left to play, 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 Trapattoni’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 three vital points.

Sweden have had a shaky run in the qualifying group over their last few matches, winning one, drawing two and losing one from their last five. Erik Hamren’s side defeated Faroe Islands last time out at home 2-0, 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 this week 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 wasn’t 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.

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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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