Few were expecting Paul Green to get the nod ahead of James McCarthy, although the Leeds midfielder will line up in the midfield as the Republic look to earn a positive result for what should be a tricky qualifying match.
Bet365 offer 7/1 about the Irish winning on Friday night, having recovered from that 6-1 mauling at home to Germany by claiming a 4-1 win away to the Faroe Islands, although this match promises to be very tough considering the Swedes are made of stern stuff.
A quite remarkable match in Berlin saw Erik Hamren’s team recover from 4-0 down to draw 4-4 with Germany and that means Sweden sit second in Group C, having previously claimed victories against Kazakhstan and the Faroe Islands.
William Hill go 8/15 about the Scandinavian side claiming an important maximum in front of their own supporters and they will be boosted by that 4-2 friendly win against England recently, where they came from behind thanks to the magic of a certain striker.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is among the best strikers in the world and the Paris Saint-Germain forward will be the obvious danger man for the Republic in this qualifier, with Ladbrokes going 3/1 about the Swede breaking the deadlock in this encounter.
However, as the match against the Germans illustrated, there are other dangerous players in the team and that includes Rasmus Elm who could rate a decent bet at 11/1, especially if you think Zlatan is a touch on the short side.
There is little doubt that Ireland will consider the draw as a point gained, with bet365 going 16/5 about the match ending all square. Trapattoni said: “The situation is – away team, away game. I wish Coleman to go (forward). When he goes, we need protection.
“This result is very important and it is important we play our game. I saw his (Green’s) last game in England. He he played very well. It is important we have protection in midfield. McCarthy also played very well but I couldn’t ask him to stay in this position.”
Robbie Keane and Shane Long get the nod in attack and will hope to get the odd chance to tuck away, with BetVictor happy to go 11/1 about either forward scoring the first of this match, with No Goalscorer on offer at 21/2 and we should certainly heed the defensive line-up that the visitors are employing.