The final Home Nation in our betting tip section is the Republic of Ireland. Managed by Martin O'Neill, the Republic qualified for the Euro 2016 Finals via a playoff against the Bosnians. They managed to claim 4 points from Germany in Qualifying Group D so they have proven that they can beat the big teams, however they did lose 2 games away from home which means that they do not travel well, could this have a bearing on their final result?
Sweden are very similar to the Republic in the sense that they also had to qualify via a playoff (against Denmark), they also finished on the same amount of points. They did not score as many as the Republic and managed to concede more than them too.
Having a look at their current FIFA World Rankings, Republic of Ireland currently sit in 31st place while the Swedes are 36th, this is probably a good marker of how close this game will be. This game will be seen as the one that both teams need to win in order to be taken seriously in terms of attempting to qualify from Group E and into the knockout phase.
This wouldn't be an article about Sweden without mentioning the one and only Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he scored 11 goals in qualifying and pretty much won the playoff by himself. He is a world class player and the Republic will need to find a way of dealing with him if they want to win this game, and not many teams have managed that this season.
Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane will probably be the first person to admit that this is probably his last major tournament for the Irish after an excellent career in which he became the Republic's all-time top goal scorer, is there one last hurrah on the cards?
This was so hard to call but we think Sweden will just about shade it. The Republic of Ireland have done amazingly well to make it this far and with Roy Keane in the assistant's chair, I don't think they're going to roll over, and we actually believe that they have a better team overall than Sweden but Zlatan actually makes that much of difference. Denmark have some brilliant players and they were rendered useless with 2 Zlatan goals, one of them an unbelievable free-kick. This is the man that managed to score 4 goals against England a few years ago (one of them being a 30 yard overhead kick!). So we think Sweden will edge this - just.
This match will contain 2 all time top goal scorers for their countries so it goes without saying that they know where the back of the net is, and that they know how to find it at the most crucial times.
Keane has 67 goals in 143 Republic of Ireland caps and Zlatan has 62 goals in 112 caps. Would it really be a shock if they both scored for their countries for the 68th and 63rd time respectively?
We do think that the Republic will score but they will eventually succumb to Zlatan and co. losing out by 2 goals to 1. The Republic may even score first and then we would have a great game on our hands but we still feel that Sweden will have slightly too much for them.
Republic of Ireland have a bad habit of chasing games, they have been behind quite often under O'Neill and usually end up winning the game or salvaging a draw, we can see them going a goal down in the first half and bringing it back before half time but eventually losing out in the second half and it being a bridge too far this time.
Sweden tend to be the complete opposite, getting a healthy lead and either clinging on or throwing it away needlessly, so this will make for a very interesting game and a decent bet if you're willing to take it on.
Jon Walters scored some vital goals against Bosnia in the qualifying playoff to send the Republic of Ireland to Euro 2016 and he has an incredible knack of scoring at the most pivotal of moments. His robust playing style may prove too much for the Swedish defence and one thing is for certain, he will not give up on anything, making him a very tricky customer.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jon Walters are both brilliant in the air, and both sides know this. Therefore expect a lot of crosses into both boxes, and Walters and Zlatan vying with defenders to nod them home.