Betting Tips for Today: Travel-sick Cyprus should be no match for Norway
The Uefa Nations league gets underway on Thursday and our tipster believes Lars Lagerback's side should kick off their campaign with a comfortable win

International football in Europe may have a new look ahead of the Uefa Nations League kicking off this week, but there are some factors that should remain consistent for punters.

One of those looks to be Cyprus struggling away from home, even if the new set-up is designed to somewhat level the playing field ability-wise.

Group three of League C sees Norway face Pambos Christodoulou's men in Oslo on Thursday night and the hosts are big favourites with the bookmakers.

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888Sport are just 2/5 (1.40) about a home win, the draw is priced at 17/5 (4.60) and the visitors are 6/1 (7.0) underdogs to record what would be a shock victory.

Norway are ranked 53rd in the latest FIFA World rankings while their visitors are 34 places lower in 87th but that isn't the main reasoning for expecting home advantage to prove pivotal here.

Cyprus have a terrible record on the road. 10 of their last 11 matches away from home have ended in defeat - the only exception was a 2-1 win over Gibraltar.

While some of those defeats to the likes of Belgium and Portugal would have been expected, they've also lost to Jordan, Georgia and Estonia in the past year and that doesn't bode well for this trip.

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Norway for their part are on a four-game winning streak including victories over Australia, Iceland and Albania in recent months. Their last defeat on home soil was two years ago when Germany - reigning World champions at the time - beat them in qualification for Russia 2018.

Not only should the home side win this game, they should do it with some degree of comfort so it's worth backing the 13/11 (2.18) about Lars Lagerback's men doing so by at least a two-goal margin with 888Sport.

The visitors have failed to score in seven of their last 10 away games and with the home side in decent form, they should ease past a side whose travel sickness has seen them come unstuck at international teams posing much less of a problem than Thursday's hosts.

Betting Banner - Best Bet Norway to win -1 goal handicap at 13/11 (2.18) for a 1pt stake with 888Sport

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