Norway vs Northern Ireland – 2018 World Cup Qualification: Norway had a very good performance on this qualification considering the expectations…
The team has been improving and they now have some young players who are the big hopes for this National team.
Without a lot of quality to explore, these youngsters had the opportunity to reach the main squad very early and to gain some experience, and I think it was a good option.
They are also players who started to leave Norway’s weaker league and started to play on the more competitive leagues in Europe.
Norway’s improvement has to be considered a positive thing, despite the fact they were still very far from discussing the qualification in this group.
However, they left the impression they can maybe do more on the next qualification stage for the European Championships.
Northern Ireland has already accustomed us to some exciting matches.
They are a team who leaves everything on the pitch, taking advantage of the matches played at home when they always have a good atmosphere, but on the same group as Germany and Czech Republic,
being able to get 19 points is really impressive, and they will be a tough nut to crack in the play-off.
Northern Ireland are coming off a 1-3 home loss against Germany. Germany had a very strong start and then they were able to control the match very well,
which means that the Irish had a very tough time imposing their style. Against Norway however, it will be a totally different story.
They will certainly have more ball than they did on that match and they will have more opportunities to impose their style and getting more scoring chances.
Norway vs Northern Ireland – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Norway after losing 0-6 with Germany, now arrive here after a comfortable 8-0 win on their last match against San Marino.
San Marino is one of the worst National teams in Europe but it is still a motivating score line for a team like Norway and for these youngsters.
On this match, there isn’t much at stake. Northern Ireland still have to think about getting some points for the play-off,
but they are already safe on the group table with what they have so far and Norway has no pressure whatsoever right now, since they aren’t playing for any objective now.
Still, after a 8-0 win, I believe they will want to get a home win to say goodbye to their fans since this will be their last home match of this qualification stage.
I expect an open match between these two sides and I see both teams having enough quality to score on this encounter.
Without any pressure, there will also be more room to explore and there can also occur more defensive mistakes, so I expect goals in this match
|Over 2 goals||