Norway vs Northern Ireland: Hosts appear to be on an upward curve

Norway vs Northern Ireland: Hosts appear to be on an upward curve

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Odds: Norway 29/20, Draw 11/5, Northern Ireland 2/1

Kick Off: 1945, 08/10/2017

Stadium: Ullevaal Stadium

TV: Sky Sports

Northern Ireland may not need anything from their trip to Norway to make the World Cup play-offs and that could be a huge blessing, as the hosts have shown some improved form of late.

After several years slipping down the FIFA rankings, Norway do now have some smart performers in their squad and this looks a big challenge for Michael O’Neill’s visitors.

The Scandinavians can play with freedom and appeal at 29/20 for our Norway vs Northern Ireland betting predictions.

A Look At Norway’s Betting Odds

Basel midfielder Mohammed Elyounoussi hit a hat-trick in Norway’s 8-0 rout of San Marino on Friday and was backed up by a double strike from Bournemouth’s Josh King, although the latter is now absent due to a hamstring injury.

Hull City’s Markus Henriksen and Martin Linnes of Galatasaray were also on target for a team which has a number of players reaching the peak period of their careers.

Last month’s 6-0 loss at Germany shows there is still work to be done, but a 2-0 defeat of Azerbaijan in Oslo three days earlier and June’s 1-1 draw with the Czech Republic are other positive results to consider.

Lars Lagerback’s managerial reign began with a 2-0 March reversal in Belfast but they are in much better shape for the rematch and 35/4 for a 2-1 revenge win is added to our Norway vs Northern Ireland betting tips.

A Look At Northern Ireland’s Betting Odds

Northern Ireland found Germany too hot to handle when going down 3-1 on Thursday, but they did battle through to the end and an injury-time consolation from Josh Magennis could yet be significant.

The race for Russia 2018 play-off places may even go down to goal difference, so the men in green will be keen to stay in good shape in that sphere at least.

Magennis wants more, stating: “If we get the good result we desperately want in Oslo then we should have a great chance of claiming a seeding.

“It’s so important because we could miss some of the big hitters and with us being so resilient away from home and strong at Windsor with the fantastic fans behind us, we should have a big chance, if we make it to the play-offs.”

Ireland have yet to concede a goal against any team other than Germany in Group C, but we still believe Norway have the talent to buck that trend.

A home win and over 2.5 goals in the game is quoted at 333/100 and that stands out to us from the Norway vs Northern Ireland odds.

Additional stats

Last result:

San Marino 0-8 NORWAY – Markus Henriksen, Josh King (2), Mohamed El Younoussi (3), Ole Selnaes, Martin Linnes

NORTHERN IRELAND 1-3 Germany – Josh Magennis

Head-to-head: N Ireland 2-0 Norway, N Ireland 0-3 Norway, N Ireland 1-4 Norway, N Ireland 0-4 Norway

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Best bets for Norway vs Northern Ireland

Norway to win @ 29/20

Norway to win 2-1 @ 35/4

Norway to win and over 2.5 goals @ 333/100

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