NORWAY held neighbours Sweden to a 1-1 draw in Solna last time out but face an even tougher qualifying match against Spain this weekend. The visitors arrive having won all of their six qualifiers to date, beating the Faroe Islands 4-0 in September, and will be expecting another three points when they make the trip to Oslo on Saturday.
All of the stats suggest that we will see both teams score on Saturday and we’ve backed Spain to come out on top via a 2-1 final scoreline.
Both teams scored in two of the last three meetings between these two nations and Spain have won four of their six previous encounters against Norway. Two of the last three meetings between the two countries have ended in 2-1 wins for Spain, so you can see why we’ve backed the visitors to claim another win by that scoreline this weekend.
The performances of both countries in their last six qualifying matches only add weight to our prediction of goals in this game for both teams, as both teams scored in four of Norway’s and three of Spain’s last six internationals, and the visitors haven’t failed to score in any of their last thirty-six matches.
Norway are unbeaten in their last five matches but have only won two of those games and are expected to make Saturday’s clash competitive, while Spain are unbeaten in their last seven matches and have won on each occasion and that’s why we’ve backed them to edge out their hosts this weekend.
Norway have only won one of their last three home games though and that will be a concern to their manager and could end up being the reason they miss out on qualification, whereas Spain have won each of their last three away games and you wouldn’t bet against them making it to Euro 2020 as they top Group F by seven points with just four qualifiers remaining.
We’re confident that both teams will score in Saturday’s match and have predicted a final scoreline of 2-1 in favour of Spain. The visitors arrive without a few key names in their squad but still possess more than enough quality within their ranks to claim all three points this weekend. Norway are in the midst of an unbeaten run but have failed to turn draws into wins on too many occasions and even with the home advantage, we can’t see them taking anything from this match.
PREDICTION: SPAIN TO WIN