Can the Republic of Ireland dare to dream against a formidable Swedish outfit, or can Vera Pauw's side consider the seemingly mammoth task something of a shot to nothing in Gothenburg?

The challenge facing the visitors on Tuesday (live on RTÉ2, kick-off 5.30pm) is a considerable one. The side ranked second in the world.

With six wins from six in Group A, they hold an 11-point lead over Ireland and Finland, though the Girls in Green have a game in hand on the Finns.

The Swedes come into the game off the back of a 15-0 thumping over Georgia and manager Peter Gerhardsson will be expecting to lead the hosts out in front of a full-house at the Gamla Ullevi stadium, with a 14,463-seater sell-out looking likely.

A point will guarantee automatic qualification, but three is what is expected.

Filippa Angeldal fired in a hat-trick against Georgia

The Swedes haven’t been at their best in the group - In November Finland made them work hard for a 2-1 win and the Slovaks were only edged out 1-0 in the group opener last September, while Louise Quinn’s own goal decided the contest in Dublin – but former Ireland defender Karen Duggan says the challenge is a "huge" one.

"The game we played against them at home was probably the worst Sweden have played in this group and they were still quite comfortable," she told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.

With that in mind, Duggan says a good performance could set the Irish up well in the battle for second place.

"This is a shot to nothing for Ireland. Everyone in the group is going to lose to Sweden.

"If Ireland can keep the scoreline down, we saw what happened the last time, we lost 1-0. The bounce effect that had gave huge confidence.

"We went and produced one of the best performances I have seen away to Finland. I don’t think anyone expected that and it has crucially put us into that second spot.

"It’s in our hands now really, so it’s a shot to nothing."

It’s not a view shared by Lisa Fallon however.

The RTÉ analyst believes that Pauw’s side demonstrated in Dublin they can frustrate the Swedes. Another similar showing at the back, and a clinical approach at the other, could pave the way for a famous, if highly unexpected result.

To approach it as a free swing, it just doesn't sit very comfortably with me at all

"I’m not very comfortable with the term free swing. I think you always approach every game to try and win it," she told the RTÉ Soccer Podcast.

"Even that mindset, to approach it as a free swing, it just doesn’t sit very comfortably with me at all.

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"These are the types of games as a player as a manager you really want to play in. You want to pit yourself against the best in the world, to see how good you are. Can you cause a shock?

"I’d like to hope that Ireland aren’t approaching it in that way."

Could the visitors leave Gothenburg with a positive result?

"One of the main objectives will be to keep the score down if Ireland are not in a position to get points from this game," said Fallon.

"But I do think Ireland will approach the game trying to get points. We'll have to be defensive at times, but I still think the players will have that belief that they're going there to get a result.

"It's really important to go there with that mindset."

Watch Sweden v Republic of Ireland live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player from 5pm Tuesday, and follow with our live blog on RTÉ Sport Online or the RTÉ News app