It’s crunch time. With only three games of qualification left, Ireland find themselves smack bang in the middle of a a three-way dogfight for a chance to play in next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
A high stakes match against Austria is preceded by a must-win match against Sweden at the Aviva on Friday, and the tension could be any more unbearable.
Hopes of qualification gained life anew following a couple of solid displays against each of their upcoming opponents already this year, so Irish confidence in their national side is certainly on the up.
However, with Giovanni Trapattoni’s side on an unbeaten home streak of four matches, it would be difficult to see them getting beaten by a side they managed to hold to a scoreless draw away from home. Add to this the fact that they controlled the possession and dictated the flow of the match for large periods, and it wouldn’t be all to naive to look for a win on Friday evening.
Ireland are priced at 17/10 with Sweden available at 8/5 whilst a draw is on offer at 9/4 with Boylesports.
A repeat of the 0-0 draw in Sweden is on offer at 17/2 with Boylesports whilst Ireland to win 1-0 is 7/1 with a 2-0 win available at 11/1.
Despite not having any international experience, Anthony Pilkington could be selected to play by Trapattoni and the Norwich midfielder is currently 14/1 to score the 1st goal with Ireland’s largest independent bookmaker whilst he is 4/1 to score anytime.
Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic is 9/2 to open the scoring whilst Ireland’s Robbie Keane is next in the betting at 11/2.
Boylesports is also offering cashback if your losing 1st goalscorer selection scores the 2nd goal of the match. This offer also applies to the England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland games as well.
Leon Blanche, Head of Communications at Boylesports told SportsNewsIreland: “Ireland really need to get a result at the Aviva and we have seen a lot of money coming for Robbie Keane to score anytime which is currently available at 6/4.”
He added: “Boylesports wish the Boys in Green the very best of luck on Friday night and will be cheering them on hoping that they can gain those valuable three points.”
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