Norway vs Spain: Match preview
Much more important is this duel for the Norwegians, who are in fourth place in the standings and the desired second place is two points away. Spain is a sovereign leader with a maximum of six wins and with one leg already on the EC, so they can play relieved. In the first match Norway gave good resistance to the favored Spain, who still won 2-1 at home.
Norway team news:
It is not like the Norwegians are playing poorly in these qualifications as they have only been defeated once so far. Still, they are also not close to qualifying for the European Championships, as they are currently ranked fourth in the group. They have nine points, two less than second-placed Sweden, and it is known that at the end of qualifying the first two teams from each group will go to the European Championships.
The Norwegians only suffered a first-round defeat against Spain, when the “red fury” celebrated much harder than expected. After that, Norway tied as many as five matches without defeat, and in that period they achieved as many as three draws and two victories.
In the last round, this selection played a pretty good match against the Swedes, who were certainly their main rivals for placing in the second place. In that match there were no winners, and the final result was 1: 1. Before that, the Norwegians tied two victories, first against the Faroe Islands in their away game, and immediately afterwards at home against Malta. On the other hand, it must be admitted that the two teams are outsiders are in this group.
Probable starting lineup: Jarstein – Elabdellaoui, Ajer, Nordtveit, Aleesami – Berge, Henriksen – Johansen, Odegaard, Selnaes – King
Spain team news:
It should be realistic to admit that the football team of Spain has not played this well in a long time. Namely, after the six rounds of the qualifying group, the “Red Furies” are in first place in the table. They have a maximum of six wins and an even better goal difference of 17: 3. We can safely say that the Spaniards had the most problems right in the first round of qualifying. In that match they beat the Norwegians with their hard work on their own ground, but this time they are away.
After that first match, the Spaniards played some fantastic matches. Above all we think of a duel with Sweden which was solved by “red fury” without major problems. The end result of that match was 3: 0, which is certainly a great result if we take considering that Sweden made it to the quarterfinals at last year’s Mundial.
Compared to the last match, the lineup has been significantly changed, so there is no Hermoso, Gaye and J.Alba from the back line, neither Parejo in the midfield nor P.Alcacer in attack.
Probable lineups: Arrizabalaga – J.Navas, Ramos, I.Martinez, J.Bernat – Busquets, Ruiz, Saul Niguez – Oyarzabal, G.Moreno, Rodrigo
The Norwegians are a very uncomfortable rival for everyone, and they were also for Spain in the first round. There is no reason not to be the same on their field. The guests are completely relieved and this could help the home side so we will be forecasting at least one goal on both sides.
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