Republic of Ireland take on Sweden national team in the first match in the Group E of European Championship 2016. The match will be played in Saint-Denis at Parc de France on Monday, June 13.
Republic of Ireland national team advanced for Euro-2016 quite unexpectedly. They finished third in the qualifying group behind Germany and Poland and qualified for the playoffs. Ireland were underdogs in the matchup against Bosnia and Herzegovina but managed to draw the away leg, 1-1 and won 2-0 at home. Oreland played 13 matches in 2015-2016, recording five wins, six draws and only two defeats. Ireland played four matches in 2016, beating Switzerland, 1-0, drawing with Slovakia 2-2 and the Netherlands, 1-1, and losing to Belarus 1-2.
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Sweden also finished third in the group, making way to Austria and Russia. Sweden faced another Scandinavian country Denmark in the playoffs and won the two-leg matchup with 4-3 on aggregate, (2-2, 2-1). Ibrahimović and Co. played 18 matches in last two years, recording nine wins, five draws and four defeats. Sweden participated in six matches in 2016, recording 3-0 wins over Finland and Wales, drawing matches against Estonia, 1-1, Czech Republic 1-1 and Slovenia 0-0 and suffered 1-2 defeat against Turkey.
Republic of Ireland and Sweden national teams played eighth head-to-heads in their history, facing one another in World Cup 2014 qualifiers. Sweden won one of the matches, 2-1, and another one ended with scoreless draw. We can expect Sweden extend this undefeated run of results in matches against Republic of Ireland.
Prediction for the match: Sweden to win with +0.0 Asian handicap.