Scotland - Norway predictions and free betting tips [19/11/2023]
Come Sunday, Scotland will take on Norway at "Hampden Park" in Glasgow in the 10th round of the group stage for the European Championship Qualifying Tournament.
Scotland: Kelly; Porteous, McKenna, Cooper; Ralston, Armstrong, McGregor, Taylor; McGinn, McTominay; Shankland.
Norway: Dyngeland; Ryerson, Ostigard, Ajer, Wolfe; Berge, Berg, Aursnes; Bobb, Larsen, Elyounoussi.
Thanks to an early winning streak, Scotland has managed to distance itself from the chase pack, even leading the group for an extensive period. The squad has gathered 16 points with a goal difference of 14:5. In the last round, the Brits drew with Georgia 2:2, the match was challenging and the players complained about the constant simulation from their opponents. Head Coach Steve Clarke used a 3-4-3 strategy.
The Scotland national team has been one of the revelations of this qualifying cycle. They even looked promising in their return face-off with Spain, with McTominay scoring a beautiful goal that the refs disallowed. The team's participation in the European Championship will be a significant event, with fans ready to welcome them as heroes. The only significant loss to the team is the absence of Robertson.
Norway, once again, isn't qualifying for a major international tournament. Haaland, who has been nominated for the "Golden Ball", won’t be able to play in the Euro again, risking becoming like Best, who was also unlucky with the national team. Norway has only won 10 points and suffered a home defeat against Spain 0:1 in the last round. They then beat Faroes 2:0 in a friendly game. Head Coach Ståle Solbakken utilised a 4-3-3 approach.
After Israel’s defeat, Norway is definitely out of the European Championship; its rating is too low to pass through the League of Nations. You can't help but feel sorry for the Scandinavians, who despite having a good generation of players, continually falter in matches against top-ranked opponents. Their inconsistency is stunting their potential.
Head to Heads
The two rivals have played 19 matches against each other, with Scotland holding a significant advantage with 10 wins and 3 losses. In the first round match, the Brits clinched an important away victory 2:1, thanks to Dykes and McGlin, who scored goals on the 87th and 89th minutes respectively.
Match Prediction: Scotland vs Norway
Scotland and Norway are wrapping up the cycle without significant tournament motivation. The hosts might attempt to take the top spot in the group, spurred on by their fans. Regardless, supporters are ready to forgive their players, even for a significant loss – they've already met their seasonal objective ahead of schedule. A draw might be a good bet here.
Prediction for Total Scored Goals
In the clash of these two North European teams, expect a lot of tussle and fouls, with the initiative lying with the hosts. The recommended bet would be TU.