Norway vs Spain
September 28, 2019,
Stamford Bridge, Chelsea
Fans are certain to be on their feet when Norway host Spain in their Euro Qualifiers in Ullevaal Stadion on Sunday. With 4 teams in the group still fighting for two available berths, Norway will fight to the last bone in their body in front of their home crowd. Meanwhile, Spain are ever ready to prove that their World Cup performance last season, was just a fluke.
6 games, 6 wins, 17 goals and just 3 conceded, that’s what Spain’s record in the Euro qualifiers reads so far. With 4 games left to play, they are 8 points clear of 3rd placed Romania in Group F and are comfortably placed to book a ticket for Euro finals. A win against Norway on Sunday will only add more authority to that claims.
Meanwhile, if Norway manages to avoid a defeat they will be in a solid position to qualify from the group as the 2nd team. They trail 2nd placed Sweden by 2 points and 3rd placed Romania, who they face next, by 1 point. They face group minnows Malta and Faroe Islands in their last 2 games. So, it all comes down to this game for Norway.
Teenage sensation Erling Braut Haaland has withdrawn from the squad through injury, along with defender Ruben Gabrielsen. Kristoffer Ajer is back in the squad and should replace Tore Reginiussen at the back from the stalemate with Sweden.
Elsewhere the team may remain unchanged from said 1-1 draw, with Martin Odegaard pulling the strings and Josh King leading the line in the 4-2-3-1 formation.
Norway’s possible starting lineup this Euro Qualifiers 2019: Kepa; Cesar Azpilicueta, Fikayo Tomori, Marcos Alonso, Kurt Zouma; N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic; Willian, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham
Dani Carvajal and Jesus Navas compete for the starting berth at right-back.
Youngsters Sergio Reguilon and Pau Torres could make debuts, along with the in-form Gerard Moreno, who has got the nod over Paco Alcacer and Alvaro Morata to compete with current first choice and namesake Rodrigo Moreno.
Inigo Martinez, Diego Llorente and Raul Albiol are competing for the centre-back spot alongside captain Sergio Ramos.
Manchester United’s slump might result in David de Gea losing place to Kepa.
Spain are likely to stick to their 4-3-3 formation.
Spain’s possible starting lineup this Euro Qualifiers 2019: Kepa; Jesus Navas, Sergio Ramos, Inigo Martinez, Juan Bernat; Sergio Busquets, Fabian Ruiz, Saul Niguez; Gerard Moreno, Rodrigo Moreno, Mikel Oyarzabal.
Spain have won their last 6 European Championship matches. Expect them to make it 7.
Spain have scored at least 2 goals in their last 6 European Championship matches. With the tactics they use and the attacking threat they possess, don’t expect them to score anything less than that against a side that has conceded 8 goals in 6 games.
Spain have been winning at both half time and full time in 5 of their last 6 European Championship matches. Something, difficult to predict, given an away fixture to Norway can always be tricky.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Spain’s last 4 games European Championship while it has been the opposite in Norway’s last 3 games. With Norway eager to salvage something from the game and Spain known for their dominance, you can expect the game to be a goal-fest.
Spain have won their last 3 matches against Norway in all competitions but Norway are undefeated in their last 5 European Championship matches. However, that run started following a loss to Spain.
Spain have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches against Norway in all competitions. And given the fact that a win here would give them a chance to test their bench in the next games, Spain will be eager to seal the deal and will come hard on Norway.