Sweden vs Republic of Ireland Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: March 22, 2013; Time: 7:45 PM GMT;
Venue: Friends Arena — Solna.
Rep of Ireland face difficult task in important World Cup qualifier tie. Giovanni Trapattoni’s men will do their best in the battle for second spot against Group rivals from Sweden.
Sweden goes 2nd in the Group C with 7 points from 3 games. They are 3 behind the leaders Germany, and 1 point above current opponent. Their present form has seen 1 draw, 3 wins and 1 loss. They hosted the World Cup 1958, where they lost 5-2 to Brazil in the final. Kim Kallstrom could make a 100 appearance for Sweden.
The Republic of Ireland goes 3rd with 6 points from 3 games. Their present form has seen 3 wins and 2 defeats from last five games. In the Group C they have won Kazakhstan and Faroe Islands, and were defeated by Germany. Ireland and Sweden have met 8 times in history. Ireland won 3 games and Sweden won 4.
The Republic of Ireland head coach Giovanni Trapattoni will play without experienced Aston Villa def Richard Dunne due injury. Captain Robbie Keane returns to the starting line after being rested in the 2-0 friendly win over Poland. Spartak Moscow winger Aiden McGeady is injury. Wolves forward Kevin Doyle is out of international team after a poor run of form. John O’Shea could play alongside with Aston Villa’s Ciaran Clark. Leicester City def Sean St Ledger could also be in contention.
Sweden will play without Galatasary forward Johan Elmander. Sebastian Larsson, and Aiden McGeady’s Spartak Moscow team-mate Kim Kallstrom will play frm the first minutes. PSG star-forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic will captain the team.
Sweden line-up: Isaksson, Lustig, Granqvist, J Olsson, Safari, Larsson, Elm, Kallstrom, Wernbloom, Ibrahimovic, Toivonen.
Last three matches:
Sweden 2 – Argentina 3;
Sweden 3 – Finland 0;
Sweden 1 – Korea DPR 1.
Rep of Ireland line-up: Forde, Coleman, O’Shea, Clark, Wilson, Brady, Whelan, Green, McClean, Keane, Long.
Last three matches:
Republic of Ireland 2 – Poland 0;
Republic of Ireland 0 – Greece 1;
Faroe Islands 1 – Republic of Ireland 4.