Norway vs Romania go head to head in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Friday 7th June at the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo. It’s been a difficult start to life in Group F for Lars Lagerback’s men with a defeat to Spain and an entertaining draw with neighbours Sweden.
They will see this as a golden opportunity to get some more points on the board as they aim to start climbing the table and you can see our betting tips and predictions below.
Norway to win – 21/10
Draw – 23/10
Romania to win – 3/1
Kick Off Time: 19:45pm
Date: Friday 7th June 2019
Competition: Euro 2020 Qualifiers
Venue: Ullevaal Stadion (Oslo)
Norway will be looking to pick up their first victory in Group F after a tough start to life in this particular section. With a game against the Faroe Islands to come, this looks like the ideal opportunity to pick up a maximum of six points, which should help propel towards the top of the table. Many have tipped the Norwegians to qualify for Euro 2020, and they have an astute coach in Lars Lagerback. A number of the players have spoken about his ability to get them to run through brick walls for them, and he has seemingly united the squad in recent years. He has made it clear that Euro 2020 would be his final commitment before retirement, and he would relish the opportunity to end on a high. Romania sit ahead of their hosts in the table, but purely due to the fact that they have already hosted the Faroe Islands. In fairness to Cosmin Contra’s side, they played fairly well against Sweden, and were only beaten by a single goal margin. He’s called up a few familiar faces to the squad, as he aims to find the right formula. A defeat here would make it very hard for them to qualify, especially as they still have to face Spain. Although there is still a long way to go, Contra has his work cut out, and Romania’s away form against better sides is fairly poor.
Lars Lagerback has some selection issues to contend with ahead of their double header. He will call upon Andre Hansen, who will fill in for the injured Orjan Nyland, who recently missed Aston Villa’s play-off victory at Wembley. Rune Almenning Jarstein is also not fit enough to feature.
The coach isn’t known for heavy rotation, and he is likely to opt for a similar XI once again. Unless injury dictates, he is likely to rely on a number of familiar faces. Defender Stefan Strandberg has also earned a recall after impressing for Krasnodar this season, and could play some part.
Cosmin Contra has been quite vocal with his team selections in recent months, and he is not afraid to make changes when neccessary. His biggest loss will be the absence of Alexandru Cicaldau, who will miss this game through injury, but could still link up with the under-21s later this summer.
A number of familiar names will feature including Nicolae Stanciu, Ianis Hagi and Alexandru Chipciu.
It seems an obvious place to start, but Josh King is always a threat on International duty. He has spoken about his admiration for Lars Lagerback this week, and has explained to the media how much he enjoys working under the veteran coach.
Using an unusual metaphor related to dating, King explained that he “doesn’t know what it is about him”, but he just had the kind of presence which makes the players work harder before adding that he would “run through brick walls” for the Swedes.
King’s International record of 14 goals in 39 appearances is very impressive, and he is particularly handy from the penalty spot in these types of games.
Norway have kept a tight ship in recent months at home, and many lesser sides have struggled to break them down. However, they showed some vulnerabilities at the back against Sweden, and must improve their defensive performance. Romania are quite dangerous going forward, and rarely draw a blank. They should give their hosts plenty of think about in this clash, and I expect them to find a way through here.
They netted in Sweden recently, and have also scored in Slovenia and Denmark previously. BTTS tip won last week at 7/1 looks like a very decent price at Evens with Betfred for this Friday night fixture.
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