25th of March 2019 Author: Johnny Karp
We'll have a Scandinavian derby at Ulleval Stadium in Oslo on Tuesday, when Norway host Sweden in UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group F. The last meeting between these two nations was a friendly one in 2017, and it ended with a friendly 1-1 draw. The last seven matches between these two sides were friendlies, and each side won twice, while the other three were draws. The last competitive match between the two neighbors was all the way back in 1977, when Norway won 2-1 at home in the qualifying campaign for the 1978 World Cup. Sweden had won the reverse fixture 2-0 and qualified for the final tournament.
Norway had a rough start to their campaign but expectations were not too high considering that they met Spain in their opening match on Saturday. In fact, most people were expecting to get a more comfortable win than the 2-1 they eventually grabbed with goals from Rodrigo and Sergio Ramos either side of Joshua King's penalty-kick equalizer. That performance gives Norway quite a bit of hope of ending their final tournament drought as they have not qualified for a major event since the European Championships in 2000. Full-back Birger Meling has withdrawn from the squad due to an injury.
Sweden started their campaign with a three-pointer, they secured a 2-1 home victory over Romania thanks to first-half goals from Viktor Claesson and Robin Quaison. A good result in Norway would place Sweden in a good position in the fight for second place as Spain are expected to get all three points in Malta on Tuesday. Sweden have qualified for the last five European Championships, and they have also taken part in last summer's World Cup in Russia. Mikael Lustig picked up an injury during the match against Romania, while Emil Forsberg, Victor Lindelof and Pontus Jansson all withdrew from the squad due to injuries.
Norway: Jarstein - Elabdellaoui, Ajer, Nordtveit, Aleesami - Johansen, Selnaes, Henriksen, Odegaard - King, Kamara
Sweden: Olsen - Krafth, Helander, Granqvist, Augustinsson - Larsson, Olsson, Svensson, Claesson - Berg, Quaison
My prediction: 1-1 draw, Sweden will be determined to grab a point here and Norway might settle for that.
Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:
Norway win - 2.50
Draw - 3.30
Sweden win - 3.10
22nd of March 2019
25th of March 2019
The Norwegian side had maybe thee toughest schedule from all the Euro 2020 qualifying groups and realistic contenders in the first couple of games I think, away to Spain and home v Sweden would of be quite tough task for any team.
So probably not too much of a surprise they've got just one point from the opening two games.
A lot of late drama and turnarounds in this game as well and I think those two would be fighting for the second spot in the group behind the obvious favorite Spain.
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