New Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill will be hoping his charges will be able to follow in the footsteps of fellow home nations country Wales when they face Norway tomorrow.
Under then-manager Gary Speed, Wales built on wins against Switzerland and Bulgaria to secure a 4-1 success over Egil Olsen’s men in November last year.
Even allowing for Wales’ resurgence the result came as something of a surprise, with Norway having pushed Portugal and Norway close in Euro 2012 qualification Group H.
Consider a punt on Norway to edge the game courtesy of a 2-1 scoreline – the very scoreline with which they have registered each of their last three away victories.
Indeed, the Drillos beat Portugal at home in their ultimately unsuccessful qualification campaign and can also boast international friendly victories over Croatia and Ireland in the last 18 months, with their triumph over the latter team coming away from home.
So the Wales result was slightly out of keeping with Olsen’s side’s recent performances and this suggests they should have too much for Northern Ireland.
And given Norn Iron are going into the match on the back of eight defeats in their last ten matches, 5/4 looks an extremely good price for an away success at Windsor Park.
Whatever the result, the game is likely to be a low-scoring affair given Northern Ireland’s record of having scored just ten goals in their last 15 games and Norway’s run of scoring only eight goals in their last eight away games.
However, with under 3.5 goals priced at 11/50, punters are unlikely to get rich backing this bet.
Instead, consider a punt on Norway to edge the game courtesy of a 2-1 scoreline – the very scoreline with which they have registered each of their last three away victories.
At odds of 33/4, a successful £25 free bet on Norway to beat Northern Ireland 2-1 is set to return £231.25, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
That said, Norn Iron’s underdog status means healthy returns are available for those who are considering backing O’Neill to inspire his troops to success in his first game in charge, while a draw is available at 21/10 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
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