Norway vs Northern Ireland predictions and tips: Nations League preview and odds

Norway vs Northern Ireland predictions and tips: Nations League preview and odds
Norway are the 2/5 favourites to beat Northern Ireland Credit: Getty

It looks like it could be a long night for the Green and White Army in our Norway vs Northern Ireland predictions and bettings tips

Battle-weary Northern Ireland face another tough task on Wednesday night as they travel to Oslo to face a Norway side who are looking for their third straight Nations League victory.

Norway earned an emphatic 4-0 victory over Romania on Sunday to bounce back after a disappointing defeat to Serbia in the Euro 2020 play-offs.

Northern Ireland remain in the hunt for a spot at next summer's Euros, having dispatched Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday, but they failed to back up that result when losing 1-0 at home to Austria in the Nations League on Sunday.

Norway vs Northern Ireland predictions 

Northern Ireland faced a strong Austria side on Sunday but put up a decent fight, only falling to a narrow 1-0 loss. However, another Nations League game three days later is a tough ask for the Green and White Army, especially as it is against a Norway team full of confidence after their storming win against Romania. We expect Norway to continue in a similar vein on Wednesday night and easily dispatch Northern Ireland.

Norway vs Northern Ireland betting tips

Odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.

Expect another fast start

The most recent meeting between Northern Ireland and Norway came in September when the visitors earned a 5-1 triumph in Belfast.

It was an action-packed game that burst into life almost immediately when Mohamed Elyounoussi put Norway ahead with just two minutes on the clock.

Paddy McNair drew the hosts level four minutes later but braces for Erling Haaland and Alexander Sorloth handed Norway a deserved victory.

Norway's most recent outing, a 4-0 victory at home to Romania on Sunday, also saw the hosts leading at half-time when Haaland and Sorloth bagged a goal apiece.

Expect Wednesday's Nations League encounter to follow the same trend with Norway, who sit second in group B1, keen to put some pressure on leaders Austria.

Tip: Half-time/ Full-Time - Norway-Norway @ 6/5 with bet365

Free scoring hosts to ease home

Norway have a hugely impressive frontline with Haaland, Sorloth, Joshua King and Jens Petter Hauge all available to boss Lars Lagerback.

Borussia Dortmund’s Haaland has proved to be a major success on the international stage and he currently boasts six goals in six appearances, while Sorloth, who recently joined RB Leipzig, has netted nine times in 26 outings.

If the previous meeting between these two nations is anything to go by, backing a Norway win and over 2.5 goals could be slightly conservative.

However, there is plenty of value to be had with this bet and it's not just based on the mauling suffered by Ian Baraclough's men in September.

Both of Norway's home fixtures in this season's Nations League have seen at least three goals scored and they don’t often fail to excite in their own backyard, with six of their last eight home clashes across all competitions containing a minimum of three goals.

Tip: Norway & over 2.5 goals @ 5/4 with bet365

Northern Ireland may profit from leaky defence

It's difficult to make a case for a Northern Ireland victory at the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo but they are likely to get on the scoresheet.

The Green and White Army have never been the most prolific of sides, tending to rely on a strong defensive base, but they do often notch at least one on the road.

Indeed, they have scored in each of their last seven matches across all competitions when playing outside of Belfast.

In contrast, Norway are more reliant on their attacking ability and have been guilty of leaving the backdoor open at times.

It's also worth noting that this is a do-or-die game for the visitors, who sit bottom of the group with just one point and are in serious danger of being relegated.

Baraclough's men will need to be more expansive than usual and that should lead to both sides getting on the scoresheet.

Tip: Both teams to score @ 1/1 with bet365

Norway vs Northern Ireland odds

Norway are seen as heavy favourites ahead of the game, priced odds-on at 2/5, while Northern Ireland are 13/2 and the draw 10/3.

Odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.

Norway team news

Mohamed Elyounoussi could lose his place in the team to King, who would slot into a midfield four with Markus Henriksen, Martin Odegaard and Mathias Normann. Haaland will be the danger man, partnered by Sorloth in attack.

Norway predicted line-up (4-4-2): Jarstein; Linnes, Strandberg, Ajer, Aleesami; Odegaard, Normann, Henriksen, King; Haaland, Sorloth.

Northern Ireland team news

Conor Washington is expected to lead the line with Stuart Dallas, Paddy McNair and George Saville supporting. Jonny Evans and Craig Cathcart will bring experience to the defence with Conor McLaughlin and Steven Davis in the full-back positions.

Northern Ireland predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): McGovern; McLaughlin, Cathcart, J.Evans, Lewis; Davis, Thompson; Dallas, McNair, Saville; Washington.

Last five results

Norway

11 Oct 20 NL Norway 4 Romania 0 W

8 Oct 20 EC Norway 1 Serbia 2 L*

7 Sep 20 NL N Ireland 1 Norway 5 W

4 Sep 20 NL Norway 1 Austria 2 L

18 Nov 19 EC Malta 1 Norway 2 W

*After extra time

Northern Ireland

11 Oct 20 NL N Ireland 0 Austria 1 L

8 Oct 20 EC Bosnia 1 N Ireland 1 W*

19 Nov 19 EC Germany 6 N Ireland 1 L

16 Nov 19 EC N Ireland 0 Netherlands 0 D

14 Oct 19 F Czech Republic 2 N Ireland 3 W

Norway vs Northern Ireland: last five meetings 

7 Sep 20 NL N Ireland 1 Norway 5

8 Oct 17 WC Norway 1 N Ireland 0 

26 Mar 17 WC N Ireland 2 Norway 0

29 Feb 12 F N Ireland 0 Norway 3

29 Oct 75 EC N Ireland 3 Norway 0

NL Nations League EC European Championship F Friendly WC World Cup

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