Northern Ireland vs Norway
World Cup Qualifiers Group Stage
Sunday 26 March, 19:45 (GMT)
Windsor Park, Belfast
When Group C of UEFA 2018 World Cup qualifying was drawn, there was one team everyone wanted to avoid and that was Germany. However, with the Germans top of the group and seemingly coasting to Russia, it is up to the other teams, including Northern Ireland, to keep the pressure on them until the final game.
Northern Ireland enjoyed a good Euro 2016 and have started their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign in decent fashion. The away match in Germany was always going to be tough and ended in a 2-0 defeat but the point in the Czech Republic was a good result and the comfortable home wins over San Marino and Azerbaijan leave Northern Ireland in second place, on 7 points from a possible 12.
Things haven’t been going so well for Norway, who come into this game in 5th place in the group, having won just 3 points. The win came at home against San Marino but with the score level at 1-1 with 13 minutes left on the clock, it was looking like an embarrassing night in Oslo until three late goals saved Norwegian blushes. The 1-0 defeat in Azerbaijan was a poor result and coupled with the losses to Germany at home and Czech Republic away, leave Norway with a mountain to climb, if they are to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
1. Bookies Choice - 1X2 Odds
Given the recent record of both times, it’s little surprise to see Northern Ireland come into this match as favourites. Bet365 offer 2.30 for Northern Ireland to win this match and remain in second place in the group. Northern Ireland are undefeated in their last seven home competitive matches and it seems unlikely they are going to slip to a defeat against a struggling Norwegian team.
Norway arrive in Belfast with just one win in their last seven competitive games and their odds of 3.30 to win the match reflect this fact. Away from home, Norway have lost six and drawn one of their last seven games and it appears unlikely that trend is going to change come the final whistle of this match.
The draw is also available at 3.10 with Bet365.
2. Northern Ireland v Norway Betting Tips
Northern Ireland are a team who rely on a solid defensive platform to win matches and have kept three clean sheets in their four group games, conceding only 2 goals in Germany. Norway on the other hand, have conceded 7 goals and are yet to keep a clean sheet in the group. Northern Ireland to win to nil is on offer at 3.40 with Bet365.
In the two matches they have won, Northern Ireland have scored goals in the first half and then gone on to win the game. With the home crowd behind them, expect Michael O’Neill’s team to make a fast start and attempt to dent Norway’s confidence early in the game. Northern Ireland Half-time/Northern Ireland Full-time is available at 3.75 with Bet365.
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