Giovanni Trapatonni will be looking for improvement from his players in the World Cup qualifier in Solna, watch Sweden v Republic of Ireland free live stream on Friday 22 March.
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The Irish have won two of their three Group C games so far but the 6-1 hammering at the hands of Germany in Dublin last October dented the confidence in Trapatonni’s squad. They bounced back with a comfortable 4-1 win in Faroe Islands and an earlier victory in Kazakhstan means they lie third in the group, one point behind Friday’s rivals and four points behind group leaders Germany, albeit it with a game in hand.
The next two games could have the biggest bearing on the Republic’s chances of qualifying for Brazil in 2014, as Sweden and Tuesday’s opponents Austria are the main rivals behind group favourites Germany.
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Zlatan Ibrahimovich is the man the Irish will fear after his single-handed destruction of England in November when he scored all four goals in the 4-2 victory in a friendly match at Friday’s venue. Sweden have won two and drawn one of their three group games. The latter featuring a dramatic comeback from four goals down to return home with a point from Berlin.
bet365 Match Odds:
11/2 Republic of Ireland