Norway vs Bulgaria
UEFA Nations League
Date: Tuesday, 16th October 2018
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Ulleval Stadion (Oslo).
Norway has lost only one game in UNL which was away against Bulgarians. Now they host the Lions and have a chance to return the favor.
Coach Lars Lagerback will back his team for another home win. The home team has no problem in scoring goals this year. They registered the most number of shots per game.
Norwegians will look for a win against the leaders to go on top. A win will make both the teams tie on 9 points.
The referee will be busy producing cards considering the previous history between these two. 18 yellow cards and 1 red card has been shown in the last 3 times they met.
Petar Hubchev, the Bulgarian coach will be worried about Norway’s home form. His side’s away fixtures are posing a threat to their fourth consecutive win. They had a 7 game losing streak broken by a draw last year against Luxembourg.
The Lions have lost 6 of their last 8 away games and in poor fashion. With an average 3.3 goals conceded per match they are below par at defense.
In the light of them conceding 25 goals in 8 away games, Norway will be have a chance to score for sure and with Stefan Johansen on the squad chances will turn to goals.
Norway vs Bulgaria Head to head
Bulgaria won the reverse fixture in the group 1-0 at home .This was their first win over their opponents since September 1983.
In last 18 years, 4 games have been played between them in which Norwegians triumphed on 3 occasions. Bulgaria have only one win.
In last 10 games in all competitions Norway have won 7.They have an 8 match unbeaten streak which includes a 6 match win streak.
Bulgarians have a poor away record, winning only one in their recent 8 away games. Last away win was against Macedonia back in March of 2016.
Norway vs Bulgaria Prediction
Considering their home prowess Norway has to win hands down. They may have learned a lot about Hubchev’s tactics from their previous encounter where they failed to score. This was the only game where they didn’t score in 2018.
Johansen of Norway and Bozhidar Kraev of Bulgaria are the joint top scorers of the group. They both will be looking to increase their goal tally.
Strahil Popov from Bulgaria tops the assists list by helping his mates score 3 times.
Norway vs Bulgaria Betting Tips
Home win @1.70 (7/10).
BTTS @ 2.38 (11/8).