Sam WattNorway vs Spain, Saturday October 12th, 14:45, Norway National Stadium. The former world champions Spain face off against a Norway side that could pose them a few problems, although you’d expect La Roja to come out of this one smiling.
The former world champions Spain face off against a Norway side that could pose them a few problems, although you’d expect La Roja to come out of this one smiling.
Spain, on paper, will be massive favourites for this game so it should come as no surprise that the bookies have them down as clearly ahead of their opponents.
Norway though haven’t lost in the group stages this campaign since the first game of the group, which ironically was against Spain back in March of 2019.
Spain have been lights out throughout the group stages, picking up six wins out of six and conceding just three goals in the process.
While Norway have been quite decent in the early stages, they’ve only twice so far with those wins coming against the Faroe Islands and Malta.
Spain know that a win will almost certainly see them qualified for the Euro 2020 this coming summer, so a win for them not only looks likely, but they’ll look to put this group to bed fairly swiftly.
The away side are clearfavourites for this game and they may be looking to pop a few past Norway in this one, although the hosts won’t be completely quiet, so back a Spain win with both teams to score. A 4-1 away victory isn’t out of the question.
La Roja are favourites for this clash so an away win carries very little risk while you’d also imagine that it’s quite likely that both teams will score. Norway and their fans will be rabid for this one but the talent and experience of Spain will prove too much for them, and this is among the best online betting odds for this international round of action.
These odds seem quite long but that’s mainly down to the fact that many won’t see Norway score past Spain, but Norway have a few players that we are familiar with and we know can score goals like Josh King of Bournemouth, so don’t write them off just yet but also don’t expect Spain to not score
Head to Head
These two nations have played each other seven times, with Spain predictably coming out on top five times, a draw being played once and Norway grabbing just one win.
The only Norway win was in 2000 when they won 1-0 in Spain with Tottenham cult hero Steffen Iversen scoring the only goal.
The biggest win was a 3-0 Spain win in 2003 when goals from Raul, Vicente and Etxeberria gave Spain a big win in their Euro 2004 qualification campaign.
The only draw was back in 2000 when Norway held Spain to a goalless draw despite Spain having the likes of Luis Enrique and Fernando Hierro in their ranks.
The most recent result was a Spain win, a narrow 2-1 win with Rodrigo opening the scoring before Sergio Ramos scored the winner from the penalty spot.
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