Norway vs Northern Ireland
WC Qualification Europe
Date: 8th October 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Ullevaal Stadion.
The clash with Northern Ireland will be the last opportunity for Norway to at least try and fix the poor impression they have left in this qualifying term.
The hosts sit only a single place above the rock-bottomed San Marino in the Group C standings.
Coming fifth or third at the end makes a big difference and the Swedish manager Lars Lagerback will clearly do everything to motivate his men to pick up points in the last match of the campaign on Sunday evening at Ullevaal Stadion.
Norway have generally been quite solid in the most recent fixture as they had three straight games without a defeat all up until the hammering by the Germans in the eighth round a month ago (6-0).
Joshua King is the leading figure as he is the team’s top scorer with three goals in the campaign.
The striker is enjoying a decent shape as he notched two goals in last three of Bournemouth’s matches and he is our top pick for the anytime goalscorer here.
However, it will be anything but an easy task for King to find his way past Martin O’Neill’s rock solid defense which allowed no more than two goals so far in the campaign.
Green and White Army picked up five consecutive wins without conceding a single goal during the run ahead of the final two fixtures in the campaign.
Norway vs Northern Ireland: Head to head
The head to head statistics is all tied at two wins for each of the teams. Northern Ireland celebrated a comfortable 2-0 victory back in late-March when the two sides previously met each other.
Jamie Ward and Conor Washington were on target for O’Neill’s side at Windsor Park in Belfast.
Norway vs Northern Ireland: Prediction
Northern Ireland have found it tough to produce in the final third on the road against stronger rivals such as Germany and Czech Republic.
We would thus not be surprised to see the Norwegians, who have only lost to Germany at Ullevaal in this term, to finish the campaign victorious on Sunday.
Norway vs Northern Ireland: Bets
The main betting pick is Norway to win the match at 6/4 odds @ 888 Sport.
The alternative bet would be Under 2.5 goals FT at 13/20 @ 888 Sport.