Norway vs Northern Ireland Prediction, Preview, H2H, Lineups & Betting Tips
Norway vs Northern Ireland prediction for an upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifier on Sunday night, 8 October 2017. Northern Ireland are sure for the second place in Group C but they must also secure their playoff position, which can happen with a positive result in Norway. Read more in our detailed match preview, prediction and free betting tips.
H2H History: Norway vs Northern Ireland
Norway and Northern Ireland have met 8 times on the football field and even if the Brits have won just two of them, “The Green and White Army” boasts a better record when it comes to the competitive games. Norwegians have six victories against Northern Ireland and five of them were in five consecutive friendlies in period 1975-2012. A negative streak that was ended in March this year when Northern Ireland won 2:0 (Jamie Ward and Conor Washington) in Belfast, which was Lars Lagerbäck’s debut for Norway. It was the first competitive fixture between both nations since the 1976 UEFA European Championship qualifiers, when Norway first won 2:1 in Oslo and Northern Ireland won 3:0 in Belfast later on.
2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying: Norway vs Northern Ireland 08.10.2017
Two years ago the Norwegians reached the UEFA Euro 2016 playoffs but the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign has been e failure, including fact that Norway scored 75% of their goals (12 out of 16) against San Marino. Indeed, two of the overall three victories accomplished in the qualifiers were against San Marino and last one of them was last Thursday when Norway won 0:8 away. That was a partial bounce back after losing 6:0 to Germany last month, so now Lars Lagerbäck’s men return at home turf and will be keen to close that qualifying cycle in a positive manner.
“The Green and White Army” march to Norway after a home defeat (1:3) against Germany but this won’t spoil the mood and Michael O’Neill can draw out only positives from current campaign. Northern Ireland conceded all goals in their net (5) during both matches against Germany, meaning they have kept a clean sheet in 7 games, which is truly remarkable. Thus Michael O’Neill’s men have guaranteed themselves the second Group C position, at the expense of the Czech Republic and their current opposition.
Now it’s already time for the last group stage round and Northern Ireland must defend their position in the general ranking of second-placed teams.
Norway vs Northern Ireland Prediction and Betting Tips
After a massive victory in San Marino, there’s little need for Lars Lagerbäck to make changes in his selection. However, experienced Swedish coach can’t rely to striker Joshua King who scored twice vs San Marino but got injured and will miss out. He may be replaced by Jo Inge Berget who is ready to start as a secondary striker, while Alexander Sørloth is expected to lead the line. Mohamed Elyounoussi, who scored a hat-trick in the last match, will be another key player in Lars Lagerbäck’s game plan here.
On the other hand, despite losing to Germany, Northern Ireland’s manager will stick to a 3-5-2 formation, which gives them stability at the back, but also a good opportunity to break on counter-attacks.
We expect open football by the hosts and this may have impact over Northern Ireland’s approach as well. Surely a reason to believe that both teams can score in Oslo and our betting prediction goes on: “Both teams to score – Yes“.
Possible Lineups of Norway and Northern Ireland
Venue: “Ullevaal Stadion”, Oslo.
Referee: Sergiy Boyko from Ukraine.
Norway: Rune Jarstein – Jonas Svensson, Havard Nordtveit, Gustav Valsvik, Birger Meling – Mohamed Elyounoussi, Ole Selnæs, Markus Henriksen, Martin Linnes – Alexander Sørloth, Jo Inge Berget. (4-4-2)
Northern Ireland: Michael McGovern – Jonny Evans, Gareth McAuley, Conor McLaughlin – Chris Brunt, Steven Davis, Oliver Norwood, Corry Evans, Stuart Dallas – Kyle Lafferty, Josh Magennis. (3-5-2)