International friendly football comes from Oslo on Tuesday night as Norway play host to rivals Sweden.
Lars Lagerback’s men picked up a point from Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Czech Republic in the Norwegian capital after securing a 1-1 draw but, having taken just four points from their opening six Group C matches, Norway’s dream of reaching next summer’s showpiece is all but over.
By contrast, Sweden remain firmly on track as they bid to secure a spot in Russia - Janne Andersson’s charges claimed a dramatic 2-1 win over France in Solna on Friday night – a result that saw the Swedes move to the top of Group A.
Sweden are brimming with belief having won seven of their last nine matches and, as such, the 29/20 (2.45) quote on offer from Betfair Sportsbook for Andersson’s men to maintain momentum with a win in this one may well prove popular with punters.
Norway showed character to come from behind against Karel Jarolim’s side, but Tuesday’s hosts are struggling to find form. Indeed, the Norwegians have won just one of their last eight matches – against San Marino – with 9/5 (2.80) that the home side buck the trend by claiming a morale-boosting win here and 2/1 (3.0) that the match ends all square.
Sweden are in blistering form in front of goal, having notched 15 goals in their last four matches, and Andersson’s men can be backed at 4/1 (5.0) to win by two clear goals. The selection would have landed in four of the Swedes’ last six victories.
Norway’s defensive woes will surely be a concern for Lagerback ahead of this clash, for his side have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 10 outings. As such, the 17/20 (1.85) quote for both teams to score may well attract support, with 6/5 (2.20) that there are more than two goals scored when this rivalry is renewed.
Sweden, though, are stronger than their Scandinavian rivals at present and, with their confidence boosted by Friday's fantastic defeat of France, Andersson’s charges are decent value to come out on top in this clash.
As such, the 29/20 (2.45) quote for the Swedes to underline their superiority with a win in Oslo could provide punters with a path to profit ahead of Tuesday’s tussle.