Norway vs San Marino: Preview and Prediction

Norway vs San Marino
European Qualifiers – 2018 World Cup
Date: Tuesday; 11th October 2016
Kick-off at 19:45 UK
Venue: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo.

Norway have dropped to the bottom of the standings in Group C after a shock 1-0 defeat to Azerbaijan on matchday 2 of the World Cup qualifiers. They started off with a 3-0 loss at home to Germany and have now gone losing all of their previous four international matches. In a group that also includes the likes of Czech Republic and Northern Ireland, they have plenty of ground to cover if they are to go beyond the group phase. A side like San Marino is a perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways. For that they must improve their overall game play, especially in creating chances.

No one expect San Marino do wonders in the qualification phase, at least for now. They lost 1-0 to Azerbaijan on the opening matchday in September and 4-0 Northern Ireland on matchday 2. They are side who haven’t won a single match in World Cup qualifying tournaments. Their 60 matches so far in the qualifiers have seen 2 draws and 58 losses.

Norway vs San Marino: Head-to-Head Stats

Norway have inflicted one of the heaviest defeats on San Marino when the two met for the World Cup qualifiers in 1992. The first leg at home saw the Norwegians scoring 10 goals without reply, while the away leg at San Marino finished 2-0.

Norway vs San Marino: Prediction

It is disappointing to watch a talented side like Norway performing way below their potential. They seem too static at time and are finding it hard to break down well organized defensive sides. However, San Marino are a side who often struggle in the away games. They have lost in every away trip since calendar year 2003 and conceded heavily while playing outside their home country. Norway have a perfect opportunity to get a win and improve the team confidence and player morale. And I hope they will earn a big win from this fixture.

Norway vs San Marino: Betting Tips

  • Handicap Norway -4 at 2.16.

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