Norway vs Austria
UEFA Nations League B
Date: Friday, 4 September 2020
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Ullevål Stadion.
The Lions had failed to secure a direct ticket to the Euros 2021, after they had to settle for a third-place finish in the qualification campaign – below Spain and Sweden.
Meanwhile, Burschen finished second in Group G in the qualifiers, and thus have ensured their participation in the continental extravaganza the next year.
The hurt of missing out in the Qualifiers, plus the confidence of having been promoted from League C in the last edition of this tournament, coupled with the terrifying form of Erling Haaland, and the home advantage should tip the scales in favor or Norway this Friday.
Norway vs Austria: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The Lions had won the last time these two clashed on the pitch. The scoreline was 0-1, in favor of the guests then. However, it was a friendly.
- In fact, Franco Foda’s men have a 100% winning record in every other game other than the above-mentioned one. Thus they also have a perfect winning record in competitive fixtures.
- They have scored a total of 11 goals from the past four games.
- At home, Lagerback’s men are yet to score their first goal.
Norway vs Austria: Prediction
The Lions are unbeaten in their last nine overall fixtures, and they remained so in 18 of their preceding 20 games as well. In fact, they have lost just twice in the past three years, and one of these losses had come against Spain.
At home, they are on a 15-match unbeaten run, and in the process, they had also gone through a seven-game winning run. And the last they failed to score in a home game was back in 2016, against Germany.
On the other hand, their counterparts were winless in five of their preceding eight trips on the road, and had lost four of these match-ups as well.
On top of that, the hosts probably have the best young talent in the whole world after Kylian Mbappe, in Erling Haaland. The lanky striker is in terrifying form, and will be heavily counted on by his gaffer.
Likely, expect Norway to avoid a loss at the least this Friday.
However, understand that Foda’s men had secured a direct entry into the Euro 2021, and are in much better confidence. They also do have the services of David Alaba, who has just won the European treble, and most importantly, the Lions have a 100% winning record in official h2h clashes.
As such, expect Austria to find the back of the net at least once this Friday.
Norway vs Austria: Betting Tips
Double Chance: Norway or Draw @ 1.40 (2/5)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.90 (9/10).