Republic of Ireland v Sweden isn’t a game that stands out as one of the potential Euro 2016 free bets, but with the new extended format of the competition seeing three teams qualifying for the last 16 from four of the groups, it does make fixtures like this one potentially crucial to the teams involved.
The Republic of Ireland v Sweden betting odds indicate that the latter are narrow favourites and that would seem about right. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, surely participating in his last international tournament at the age of 34, looks to be the one player capable of producing something extraordinary in these two teams and that alone justifies giving Sweden the edge.
Both these squads can call on vast experience. In the Swedish ranks, Andreas Isaksson, Kim Kallstrom and Ibrahimovic all have well over 100 caps and a handful of others have 50 or more international appearances behind them. For Ireland there is Robbie Keane, John O’Shea and Shay Given who have all long since reached their centenary of international caps and also have several others with over 50 appearances to their name.
Ireland has their own legendary veteran striker in Robbie Keane of course, but he will be 36 before the end of Euro 2016 and is unlikely to be Martin O’Neill’s first-choice striker.
This looks like it could be a low-scoring encounter and perhaps any Republic of Ireland v Sweden free bets might prove lucrative if backing looking at low goal markets. There has to be a reasonable chance that this could end goalless or that perhaps just one goal either way could settle the match.