Norway – Latvia Predictions
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Norway 0-0 Latvia
Date: 13.11.2021 | Match at: 18:00 | League: World Cup – Qualification | Tip: Over 2.5 Goals | Odds: 1.53 | Bookie: Unibet.
Norway – Latvia Match Preview
- Norway trail UEFA World Cup qualifying (WCQ) Group G leaders the Netherlands by two points and have their sights set on sealing victory here to set up a winner-takes-all clash next week in Rotterdam. The hosts are trying to reach the World Cup finals for the first time since 1998, which was coincidentally the same year they first met Latvia, a game they surprisingly lost 3-1!
- They’ve won both subsequent H2Hs with two goals enough on each occasion, but this is their first home clash since that September 1998 reversal, a game in which current coach Ståle Solbakken scored the opener. He’ll be ensuring that his side don’t get ahead of themselves here, although they’ll be confident against a side ranked 99 places below them, as they look to extend a run of six competitive unbeaten matches on home soil (W4, D2 – outcomes at 90 minutes).
- The best Latvia can manage is fourth in the group but to achieve that they’d need to win two consecutive WCQ games, a feat the visitors now haven’t achieved since 2009! After scoring just once in their last four matches (D1, L3) – all against the sides above them in the group – that further highlights that unlikeliness.
- That said, their best results of the campaign so far have come on the road, drawing in both Turkey and Montenegro, so the trip to Oslo’s Ullevål Stadion might bring the best out of them once again. They’re five away games without a win though (D2, L3), conceding an average of 2.8 goals per game during that sequence, so they’ve got problems at both ends.
- Players to watch: With Erling Haaland unavailable, Norway could rely on Mohamed Elyounoussi, who scored both goals in October’s 2-0 win over Montenegro. For Latvia, Vladislavs Gutkovskis scored twice during their last victory – against Gibraltar in September.
- Hot stat: There’s been an average of 1.33 goals per game in the opening 30 minutes across Norway’s last six internationals.