Norway vs Iceland by Rainbow-Bet
Norway welcomes Iceland for an international friendly at Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo, kick off at 19.45 (CET). A lot of absence in both teams, at the same time Norway needs to perform after a poor 3-0 defeat to Portugal only three days ago.
Per Mathias Høgmo's men lost 3-0 against Portugal on Sunday, and he'll try to make a better defensive performance today. Portugal was very effective, but also controlled the game most of the time. Norway's got a few youngster's who can make their debuts today, the most exciting is the 19-year-old winger Martin Samuelsen (West Ham), he possesses great technic and dribbling skills. Last match against Portugal there was a full Tippeliga round, which excluded all of the Tippeliga players in the Norway squad, they're back today. Some of these players are: Haitam Aleesami (defender), Vegard Forren (defender), Jonas Svensson (defender), Pål Andre Helland (winger/striker) and Adama Diomande (striker).
A lot of unavailable players for today's match and for the match squad in total (matches against Portugal, Iceland and Belgium). Here are the compleat list:
Rune Almenning Jarstein (goalkeeper) injured
Ulrik Yttergård Jensen (defender)
Fredrik Midtsjø (defender) injured
Håvard Nordtveit (defender) tired
Omar Elabdellaoui (defender) injured
Alexander Tettey (midfield) injured
Per Ciljan Skjelbred (midfield) injured
Marcus Pedersen (striker) injured
Alexander Søderlund (striker) injured
Expected lineup Norway:
J.Svensson – Forren – Hovland – Aleesami
Helland – Henriksen – S.Johansen – Berget
King – Diomande
Lars Lagerbäck's Iceland are ready for the EURO 2016 in France, what an achievement, this is the first EURO in history for the Iceland national team. Eded up on a strong 2nd place in group A, behind group winners Czech Republic. This group contained strong teams like Turkey and Netherlands. Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson (midfield) who is the biggest start in the team, became top scorer in group A with 6 goals. Working rate, moral and spirit are the key strengths of this Iceland squad.
It's expected some rotation in the starting lineup ahead of this match. Skipper Aron Gunnarson (midfield) and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (striker), both really important players are out injured. Coach Lagerbäck will most likely rest at least Birkir Mar Sævason (defender) and Kari Arnason (defender/midfield) from the starting lineup.
Expected lineup Iceland:
Hauksson – Hermannsson – Ingasson – Skulason
J.Gudmundsson- Hallfredsson – G.Sigurdsson – Traustason
Kjartansson – Bödvarsson
Norway's last 10 friendlies shows: 1 win, 5 draws and 4 defeats. Coach Høgmo's clear ambition is the defensive part of the game, the ball pressure and marking. Iceland's last 10 friendlies shows 3-2-5, some matches against good opponents. Friendlies have a tendency of low ball tempo and few chances, but this is a Nordic duel and the fans expects hard-working players and a lot of tackles.
On the last 7 meetings between these two sides, the stats shows: 2 Norway wins, 4 draws and 1 Iceland win. We believe both sides will neutralize each other, in a match where both sides starts in alternative lineups. We bet on a draw at Ullevaal Stadion today.
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