Northern Ireland vs Norway
UEFA Nations League
Date: Monday, 7 September 2020
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Windsor Park (Belfast).
The Norn Iron strike lucky in Romania and grabbed a late equalizer despite reduced to 10-men. Ian Baraclough’s men were second best through out the game where the Romanians wasted a dozen scoring chances.
Meantime, Norway lost their group opener to Austria 1-2 and this brought their 9 match unbeaten run across all competitions to an end.
Their previous defeat was against Spain by same margin in the group opener the European qualifiers.
These two teams, Northern Ireland and Norway are meeting after a pair of fixtures in 2017, last time each team won their respective home games. Let’s look at the h2h before getting into my recommendations for predictions and best bet tips.
Head-to-head & Previous Meetings
Last meeting – 2017 World Cup Qualification group stage, Norway 1-0 home win on October & Northern Ireland 2-0 March.
Interestingly, none of their 7 overall official meetings ended in a draw. Norway registered 5 wins as against 2 losses.
Also, Norway lost their other previous visit to Northern Ireland for a competitive match, 3-0 ft, however this date back to 1974.
Northern Ireland vs Norway Prediction
Norway have a better squad on paper and they come to Windsor Park on the back of a stunning record. Jorgen Juve’s men were unbeaten in 9 games (4w, 5d) before the 1-2 defeat to Austria on Friday.
If Northern Ireland plays the same way they did in Romania, give away a dozen scoring chances, they will be played out of the park on Monday.
The Norwegians are sharp in front of goal and even half chances could find the back of the net with the likes of Erling Harland, Joshua King and Alexander Sorloth leading the front line.
And yes, Norway lost their previous two and only competitive games Northern Irish soil, but things have changed a lot since their last visit in March 2017.
If you look at the Euro Qualification record of the visitors, the away win is the way to go for brave punters. But those who need a little assurance can go with the draw no bet on away win.
Also, goals are guaranteed here, but I will opt for Over 1.5 goals full-time. Norway’s last 7 away games saw the same as well as 5 of Northern Ireland’s last 6 away games.
And finally, Northern Ireland need a lot of luck to avoid a similar fate like in last UNL edition where they end up without winning a single game.
Safe bet: Over 1.5 goals full-time @ 1.57 odd
A Decent Alternate: Draw no bet Norway @ 1.61 odd
For Brave Punters: Norway to win @ 2.50 odd.
To score any-time: Erling Haaland @ 2.25 odd.