Norway vs Netherlands: Van Gaal can hit ground running
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Norway vs Netherlands: Van Gaal can hit ground running

Kick-off: 1945, 01/09/2021

Stadium: Ulleval Stadion, Oslo

TV: Sky Sports Main Event

It is second in the Group G table versus fourth as only one point separates the top quartet in the most competitive pool of the European section of World Cup qualifying.

Netherlands are the favourites for this clash as Louis Van Gaal begins his third spell in the Dutch hot-seat with a trip to Scandinavia.

Their overall quality can come to the fore here and we like them at 7/10 to take home the three points as our first Norway vs Netherlands prediction.

A Look At Norway’s Betting Odds

Norway are looking for a first appearance at a major summer tournament since Euro 2000 and will be hoping star man Erling Haaland can continue the rich vein of form he has shown in club colours this season.

The Borussia Dortmund forward has already racked up six goals for the Bundesliga outfit, also helping out with three assists.

He has seven goals from 12 international appearances in the Norwegian jersey, but is yet to get off the mark in the current qualifying campaign.

Norway have two wins from their three qualifying games so far, their only defeat coming at the hands of table-toppers Turkey.

However, those victories came against lowly Montenegro and Gibraltar and they haven’t beaten a side inside FIFA’s top 20 since toppling Croatia back in 2015.

The hosts look set for a tough night at the office, so looking at the Norway vs Netherlands odds, it may be worth backing the visitors –1 on the handicap at 9/5.

A Look At Netherlands’ Betting Odds

A second-round capitulation against the Czech Republic saw the Dutch crash out of Euro 2020 earlier than expected and ultimately cost Frank De Boer his job.

Van Gaal’s first task upon returning to the dugout will be tightening up a back line that looked shaky during the European Championship.

That challenge is made easier by the return of Virgil Van Dijk to the heart of the defence, while gaffer Van Gaal will also be encouraged by the start Memphis Depay has made in a Barcelona shirt following his switch to the Nou Camp.

Depay is often the Netherlands’ main source of goals and the Barca man has netted five times in his last six appearances in an Oranje shirt.

Van Gaal was unbeaten during World Cup qualifying when last in charge of the Netherlands, with his side scoring at least twice in all 10 matches.

With that in mind, a multiple scores bet on Netherlands to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 at 11/5 appeals in our Norway vs Netherlands betting tips.

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Last result:

NORWAY 1-2 Greece – Strandberg

NETHERLANDS 0-2 Czech Republic

Head-to-head: Netherlands 2-0 Norway, Norway 0-1 Netherlands, Norway 0-1 Netherlands, Netherlands 3-0 Norway

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