Where: Ullevaal Stadium, Oslo, NorwayWhen: Sunday, October 15, 8:45 PM CET
Things are very complicated in Group A of the EURO 2024 qualifiers, and three teams can reach Germany. However, only two spots lead to the continental gathering, meaning that one of the contenders won’t reach the most prominent European competition. That’s why both Norway and Spain have to win here, otherwise, their situation will be complicated.
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The Lions are back from Cyprus and don’t have much time to recover. Haaland and the boys entered this international break looking solid and riding a three-game winning streak. After a period in which Ståle Solbakken’s gang had mediocre performances, they look much better now.
Their unbelievable loss to Scotland at home, when they conceded twice inside the last three minutes of the game, could cost Norway a lot. Previously, they’ve lost points in Georgia playing just 1-1 against the hosts.
Haaland and the boys won’t have any other choice but to attack Spain and try to exploit its weaknesses, if there are any. Having Haaland upfront will benefit the home team here, because he truly is the best striker in the world now.
The way Luis de la Fuente’s unit rolled over Cyprus and Georgia was impressive. Thirteen goals scored and one allowed in those two events definitely boosted the unit’s morale.
To be precise, winning the UEFA Nations League did that, and the Red Fury only carried the momentum into these events. Spain had a demanding event against Scotland three days before this clash, and they, too, will surely feel some consequences of the same.
de la Fuente’s approach looks more aggressive than his predecessors, and Spain seems more offensive-oriented in the past. This is the new Red Fury, and all the analysts agree on that, but it’s still early to give any predictions on their ceiling.
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Norway and Spain Possible Lineups
Norway: Nyland; Ryerson, Strandberg, Ostigard, Meling; Odegaard, Berg, Aursnes; Larsen, Haaland, O Solbakken
Spain: Simon; Carvajal, Fernandez, Laporte, Balde; Ruiz, Rodri, Gavi; Williams, Torres, Morata
Norway vs. Spain Head to Head
Spain was very routine in the first meeting in the group, defeating Norway 3-0 at home. The first goal of the game was delivered by Olmo, while Joselu ended the clash with two hits in the span of less than 100 seconds.
Norway vs. Spain Predictions
It’s going to be very fun to see Haaland and Odegaard against the Red Fury in their own house. Though, we still believe that the guests are a better team and are going to win this contest.
Our verdict: Spain wins
Norway versus Spain Odds
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