Norway vs Slovenia (By: DamirJ)
Norway looked really well in the first two rounds of the UEFA Nations League, but the side only managed to be half successful. They did get a victory at home over Cuprys in quite an easy manner and professional way, however, suffered a narrow 1:0 loss away to Bulgaria a few days later.
Must be said, it's a game where the Norwegians looked better than the opponent and deserved surely more. They should have taken the lead in the first halftime, but instead of it, the Bulgarians were slightly more concrete in the second part (but still not better), taking the lead in the 59th minute via Vasilev.
The visitors were unable to respond properly, surely not in the last moments as they played with a man less since the 88th minute when midfielder Nordtveit got excluded. If Norwegians want to stay competitive for the first position in the group, this match is a must win for them.
In comparison to previous few call-ups, Norwegians will be playing without defenders Tore Reginiussen, Birger Meling (both Rosenborg), Kristoffer Ajer (Celtic) and midfielder Martin Odegaard (Vitesse). Defensive midfielder/defender Havard Nordtveit is suspended for this clash.
Slovenia disappointed in the first two rounds of the UEFA Nations League and the team already can't count on being competitive for the first position and promotion further. Instead of it, they will need to improve and be more competitive, to avoid relegating to the D group since Cuprys and Norway both have three points earned, while Bulgarians stand out as first with six points.
They firstly lost the competition opening game at home against Bulgaria, even though they didn't deserve to get defeated being a better side for most of the clash. Not only that, but they also lost the second-round game away to Cyprus even though they were set as a slight favorite.
Despite taking the lead via Beric in the 54th minute, hosts were able to revert the scoreline in last twenty minutes of the clash in a match where the Slovenians showed so little.
Goalkeeper Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) isn't in the team for this one, as well as defender Aljaz Struna (Palermo), midfielders Kevin Kampl (RB Leipzig), Benjamin Verbic (Dynamo Kiev), Jasmin Kurtic (SPAL) and striker Tim Matavz (Vitesse).
The odds for the home victory are going a bit down in the most of the bookies since Slovenians miss some of their most quality players. In any way, I see Norwegians being in far better momentum and with the better atmosphere inside the locker room. This would be a home victory call even if the visitors play with their strongest starting XI.
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