Norway vs Slovenia predictions and Nations League betting tips for Saturday evening’s fixture. Kick-off is 5pm on the 13th of October and our tipster has selected three recommended bets.
Our Nations League predictions take us to League C, Group 3 as Norway host Slovenia in Oslo. Norway have picked up three points from their two games so far, enjoying a straightforward victory here against Cyprus before struggling to lay a glove on Bulgaria in September. It’s been a poor start to the competition for Slovenia, who have lost both of their matches by a 2-1 score-line with a potentially damaging defeat in Cyprus and a home loss to Bulgaria. The Norwegians are generally regarded as a young, up and coming and potentially dangerous side but they need to live up to that tag in fixtures such as this one. Their home record is generally strong and it should be enough to see them collect three points. They are unbeaten in eight points in Oslo and also possess a very good record against this opposition. Slovenia lost 3-0 in Maribor the last time they met and they will wary of suffering a similar fate here. There is a lot of pressure on Slovenia here, they need to win to stay alive in the group but they’ve not been firing on all cylinders recently and their form on the road is a worry. Since June 2013, they’ve won just a handful of times on their travels with only Malta, Lithuania, San Marino, Cyprus [again] and Montenegro slipping up against them. Norway are undoubtedly a category above. Norway haven’t exactly been toppling giants here in Oslo but they overcame Northern Ireland, Austria and picked up points against Sweden and the Czech Republic. Germany were the last side to beat them here. Norway look good enough to me and they are priced at 8/11 with Betway. With Lars Lagerback in charge, they should be savvy enough and they are the first of our Norway vs Slovenia predictions for Saturday evening.
The bare form would imply that Norway should get this done easily and are likely to keep a clean sheet. However, 4/6 is too short for a side who are lining up against a team who need to win. Slovenia don’t generally do high-scoring games but they do possess a threat and they have netted in each of their last two away games. Norway conceded in 3/5 during World Cup Qualifying and they may concede again here. They also have a defensive crisis with two of their key men absent and they will be joined on the sidelines by Havard Nordveit who is suspended. That leaves just one of the back four who started against Bulgaria eligible to play here. It’s a 50/50 market and I feel as though it’s too heavily weighted towards Norway keeping a clean sheet which is far from guaranteed. The value pick is Both Teams to Score? Yes at 11/10 with Betfair and is the second of our Norway vs Slovenia predictions.
Norway will make a number of enforced changes at the back ahead of this game but it’s business as usual further up the pitch. Josh King will once again be centre of attention and he is likely to be on penalty duty however it could be worth taking a chance on Tarik Elyounoussi who has nine goals in 49 appearances for his country and could be given a start here. He’s been scoring in the Allsvenskan and should be a threat in this game. He is 2/1 with Sport Pesa to score anytime in this contest and is the third of our Norway vs Slovenia predictions.
Norway Win – 7/10
Draw – 27/10
Slovenia Win – 5/1
Norway’s terrific record is Oslo is a major reason for an odds-on quote from the bookies this weekend but it’s Slovenia’s terrible record on the road which is also important. They only beat minnows on their travels and Lars Lagerback’s side definitely do not fit into that category. Despite having to field some inexperienced defenders [by International standards], there is plenty of positivity surrounding this fixture in Norway. Lagerback spoke of the advantage that his side have playing at home and they are rightly chalked up at 7/10 here. Slovenia beat Montenegro in a friendly but their away defeat to Cyprus was a poor result and are 5/1 to return to winning ways here. It’s 27/10 for the game to end all-square.
Just two of Norway’s last eight games at home across all competitions have seen Over 2.5 Goals land and one of those was against San Marino. It’s 4/6 for Under 2.5 Goals here. Slovenia failed to net in each of their last three away games during World Cup Qualification and Under 1.5 Goals could also be tempting at 2/1.
Josh King is a regular goalscorer for Norway and has been on target for Bournemouth in recent weeks. He’s 10/3 to find the net first in this game. It’s a bet that would have landed in two of their last five home fixtures. Stefan Johansen found the net twice against Cyprus and is 9/1 to open the scoring here.
Norway Win – 7/10 with Betway
Both Teams to Score? Yes – 11/10 with Betfair
Tarik Elyounoussi – Anytime Goalscorer – 2/1 with Sport Pesa
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