Although two absolute football dwarfs are represented in Group F of the European Championship Qualification 2020 with Malta and the Faroe Islands, they are considered to be one of the most difficult six-member constellations en route to the first pan-European finals in the coming year. There are good reasons for this, because in addition to the two favorite national teams from Spain and Sweden, the Norwegians and the Romanians are also likely to claim one of the top two places. On Friday evening, in the context of the third game day in Group F, the match between Norway and Romania will take place. According to the odds, the Scandinavians are the favorites in front of a home crowd.
Norway vs Romania Football Betting Prediction
The team of Lars Lagerbäck started in March with two decent performances in the qualification. At the beginning they lost just 1: 2 against the former World and European champion Spain. Three days later, the kickers from the kingdom fought against Sweden but a respectable 3: 3 draw. The Romanians lost to Sweden on matchday one before the underdog of the Faroe Islands was defeated 4: 1. Despite the fact that this is only the third of ten qualifying matches, a certain sense of decisiveness can not be disregarded. In all likelihood, only the winner of this match will be able to hope for a successful qualification in Group F in the coming weeks and months. So it stands to reason that we – rather than a risky Norway vs. Romania prediction on the outcome of the game – prefer a tip on alternative betting markets such as the over / under or the “Both teams to score” segment.
Norway – Statistics & Current Form
Norwegian football has been through turbulent years. It’s been less than three years since the “Association of Norwegian Football Fans” called for the dismissal of former national coach Per-Mathias Högmo in the form of an open letter to the association. The poor performance in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup was ultimately the reason that with the Swede Lars Lagerbäck a new coach was installed on the bridge. The now 60-year-old football teacher, who was once responsible for the Icelandic football miracle at the European Championship in 2016, has stabilized the national team over the past two years and has even further developed it in many respects. The greatest success so far under his direction was certainly the promotion from Division C of the UEFA Nations League in Division B. Thanks to 13 out of a possible 18 points, the Scandinavians secured the group victory over Bulgaria, Cyprus and Slovenia. Accordingly, the Lagerbäck-Elf on the newly created format would even have an emergency plan in terms of UEFA Euro participation in the putt, should the qualification in the mentioned heavy group F fail.
After the first two matchdays is the world ranking-50. but still absolutely in the target. Although the defeat was scheduled in Spain (1: 2), left the Norwegians in Valencia a lasting impression and had after the interim 1: 1 by Joshua King even briefly a point in the hand. For another strong performance, the Northern Europeans finally rewarded three days later against home crowd against Sweden. Ola Kamara scored in a nerve-wracking match the 3: 3 draw only in added time and thus provided for collective rejoicing in the nation, which is waiting since the year 2000 for participation in a major event (World Cup or European Championship).
The self-confidence is currently as pronounced as long ago with the Norwegians, which is why we trust the home side on Friday evening another good result. The prerequisite for this is logically one or the other shot goal. Statistically, however, there is no doubt at all that the national team will come from the land of cross-country skiers to score, because only in one of the recent twelve matches Lagerbäck-Elf scored no hit. Since 2018 home there have been more than two own goals on average. Consequently, we urge you to keep a close eye on the odds of “both teams to score“ between Norway and Romania. The goalkeeper, Rune Jarstein, who was active in Germany (Hertha BSC), was without a goal in October 2018. The three most valuable players in the squad are 21-year-old Sander Berge (KRC Genk) and Joshua King (Bournemouth) Mohamed Elyounoussi (Southampton).
Expected formation of Norway:
↳ Jarstein – Aleesami, Ajer, Nordtveit, Elabdellaoui – Elyounoussi, Henriksen, Berge, Odegaard – King, Kamara
↳ Coach: Lagerback
Last matches of Norway:
⚽️ 26.03.2019 – Norway vs. Sweden 3: 3 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 23.03.2019 – Spain vs Norway 2: 1 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 19.11.2018 – Cyprus vs. Norway 0: 2 (Nations League)
⚽️ 16.11.2018 – Slovenia vs Norway 1: 1 (Nations League)
⚽️ 16.10.2018 – Norway vs Bulgaria 1: 0 (Nations League)
Romania – Statistics & Current Form
In the nineties, the Romanian national football team was still among the best in the world. At the World Cup finals in Italy, USA and France, the Tricolorri always reached at least the knockout stages and turned out in the knockout rounds as extremely unpleasant opponent for the alleged favorites. There is not much left of those times of glory. All the greater is the hope that after the successful qualification for the European Championship 2016 (Aus in the preliminary round), also in 2020 the ticket for the continental major event can be solved.
The starting position in Group F, however, is slightly worse than that of the Norwegians, even though the Romanians already have three points after two matchdays. However, as the 4-1 win against the Faroe Islands has to be ticked off as a clear victory, the anger over the bitter 1: 2 defeat in Sweden prevails, which ensures that the pressure on Friday evening in a way on the shoulders of the guests overloaded. Another defeat for the team of ex-professional Cosmin Contra, who has been in office since 2017 and missed the Nations League as second behind Serbia last year, could mean a small preliminary decision in the negative sense. As a result, we assume that the Eastern Europeans will choose a rather bold direction and try to kidnap all three points from Oslo.
Incidentally, the offensive yield was not the problem with the Tricolorii. Only in two of the recent twelve internationals since the beginning of 2018 top scorer Claudiu Keseru and Co. remained without their own goals. In the foreign, the world ranking 25 met. in the past seven matches always. In that respect, we are building Norway vs Romania the match. recommendation for a tip on the “Both teams to score” not exclusively on a subjective assessment, but also on an empirically based basis. In the cadre nomination were larger surprises. The main focus should be on Razvan Marin (Standard Liège), Denis Man (Steaua Bucharest) and the mentioned Claudiu Keseru (Ludogorez Razgrad).
Expected formation of Romania:
↳ Tatarusanu – Bancu, Moti, Grigore, Benzar – Stanciu (Hagi), Marin, Chipciu – Deac – Man (Puscas), Keseru
↳ Coach: Contra
Last matches of Romania:
⚽️ 26.03.2019 – Romania vs. Faroe Islands 4: 1 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 23.03.2019 – Sweden vs. Romania 2: 1 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 20.11.2018 – Montenegro vs. Romania 0: 1 (Nations League)
⚽️ 17.11.2018 – Romania vs Lithuania 3: 0 (Nations League)
⚽️ 14.10.2018 – Romania vs Serbia 0: 0 (Nations League)
Norway vs Romania Direct Comparison
There have been eleven matches between Norway and Romania so far. For our final prediction, these direct duels are of minor importance, since the teams have not faced each other since 2002. Nevertheless, it remains to note that the East Europeans lead the direct comparison with four wins. Norway celebrated two successes, while the other five matches ended in a draw.
Norway vs Romania Best Betting Prediction Explained
As Spain and Sweden have two more well-regarded national teams in Group F of European Championship qualifiers 2020, the encounter between Norway and Romania is a crucial one. The odds for a home win amount to 2.05 in the top, which is why a corresponding success of the home side with a probability of almost 50% is rated. In our opinion, these prices are too low to identify a promising value. Instead, we focus on the question of whether both teams to score.
Key facts – Norway vs Romania tips
⭐️ Both teams need a victory in the fight for the first two places -> risk
⭐️ Norway scored at least one goal in eleven of the past twelve internationals
⭐️ Romania have always scored in the recent seven away matches
The Scandinavians were only in one of the last twelve international matches without own hits. Romania also celebrated at least one goal in ten out of twelve matches. The two coaches Lars Lagerbäck and Cosmin Contra have done quite well in recent years and have further developed their selection teams – especially offensively. Moreover, as mentioned above, there is a lot at stake and even a draw is not enough to put Sweden or Spain under pressure, so we decide on the game Norway vs Spain. Romania for betting odds on the tip that both teams to score.
Betting Prediction: Both teams to score/ Yes