Euro 2016 qualifiers: Ibrahimovic a doubt as Sweden host Austria in Group G
Sweden can go within four points of Group G leaders Austria with win at home and, as such, are 5/4 favourites to beat their Group G counterparts and keep the pressure on at the top.
However, after a narrow 1-0 defeat to Russia last time out, which saw the eastern European nation come to within one point of the Scandinavian side they will be keener than ever to claim the three points.
Following the match, Sweden coach Erik Hamren said: “We could have played better in defence and we needed to deal better with Artem Dzyuba. Overall I’m satisfied with how we defended, but we had to perform better in attack. When we had the ball, we often lost it very quickly.
He also had bad news regarding his star striker: “Zlatan Ibrahimović was injured after the first half. We thought about starting the second half with two forwards, but for this we needed to change two players and it was too early. In the last 25 to 30 minutes we had a good opportunity to attack and score, but the Russian goalkeeper played amazingly. Of course, it’s a pity to leave Russia without any points.”
“[Zlatan] is injured. I don’t know if it will be possible to use him in the game against Austria [on Tuesday]. The team doesn’t play worse without Zlatan than with him. We’ve had games with him and without him. Football is a team game.”
This means that for goals, they will have to rely on Marcus Berg, who scored in the team’s last home match, which was a 3-1 win over Montenegro, with the player available at 19/10 in the anytime market.
Failing that, should Ibrahimovic definitely be ruled out (still available at 4/1 to score first), Erkan Zengin and Jimmy Durmaz are both goalscoring threats, after both dispatched in the 2-0 win over Liechtenstein and are respective 13/5 and 14/5 anytime chances.
For the visitors, Stoke City’s Marko Arnautovic is a highly credible threat and has started the Premier League season brilliantly. He is available 7/2 in the anytime market and is a handy set-piece taker. Zlatko Junuzovic, meanwhile scored the only goal in the win over Moldova last time out, and is available at 10/1 to break the deadlock.
Coral’s top tip: Arnautovic anytime scorer @ 7/2