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'There's no question, we can win'

With hopes running high ahead of tonight's crucial, eagerly-awaited match in Sweden, three celebrity Norn Iron fans tell Claire McNeilly where they'll be watching the game, who their money's on to win - and just what they make of the Swedish newspaper, SportBladet that poked fun at striker David Healy

Belfast man and former World Cup hero Gerry Armstrong (53), who now works as a football commentator:

Where? I'm on holiday in Spain, but I might be going to cover the match for Sky in Stockholm.

Winner? I think Sweden are the favourites, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we'll get something out of it.

Scoreline? 2-1 to Sweden.

Sportbladet? It's the worst thing they could possibly do to someone who has scored as many goals as David Healy. It's an incentive for him.

Advice for the team? Stick together. Don't give anything away in the first 15-20 minutes. It's surprising how quickly things can change in football.

BBC Radio Ulster presenter Alan Simpson (late 40s), from Portrush:

Where? In my house with all the doors and windows locked and the phone off. (I don't drink, so I never go to the pub to watch a match. Besides, I like to hear what the commentator is saying.)

Winner? It's going to be a tough match, but there's no question about it - Northern Ireland can win. I think Kyle Lafferty and Warren Feeney could score.

Scoreline? 1-0 to Northern Ireland.

Sportbladet? It's quite arrogant, considering they were beaten by us just recently in March. Northern Ireland will be stirred up after the newspaper article.

Advice? Get an early goal and silence the crowd.

Former Miss Northern Ireland and Blue Peter presenter Zoe Salmon (27) from Bangor:

Where? I'm on a whistle-stop visit home, so I'll actually be watching the game with my parents in Bangor.

Winner? It will be tense, with a lot of drama, but I'm always 100% behind Northern Ireland to come good in the end. We've beaten Sweden before, so I see no reason why we can't do it again.

Scoreline? 2-1 to Northern Ireland.

Sportbladet? That's just big sour grapes. As I said, we've beat them before . . .

Advice? Just go out there and do your best. Just do it. Go Northern Ireland!

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