IT’S Ireland v Ibrahimovic today – and while no country is a one-man team Martin O’Neill will be sure to target the Swedish superstar.
Ibrahimovic dragged the Swedes kicking and screaming to France through the play-offs and will be keen to impress on the international stage for the final time.
If it wasn’t for the presence of Zlatan – in the city where he’s made his name at PSG – I’d be looking at the Irish to win.
But while they’re a solid side they don’t have anyone of that ability and O’Neill would probably settle for a point ahead of tougher games against Belgium and Italy.
Ireland haven’t won in their last five at the main event while Sweden have just three wins in 14 games at Euro finals- and those stats lend more weight to the stalemate.
A 1-1 draw has a nice ring to it and that pays 11-2 at William Hill.
An alternative Swede scorer is Emil Forsberg who was set up by his more illustrious team-mate in last week’s friendly victory against Wales. The wideman is 6-1 at Paddy Power to net and 14-1 to score first.
Shane Long is Ireland’s dangerman in the absence of Robbie Keane who could make an appearance off the bench. The Southampton star is 13-2 at 888sport to score first and 16-5 to net.
Bets to Consider
Ibrahimovic to score
Long to score