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Malta vs. Norway Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
14 November 2019
Monday 18 November
Ta’Qali National Stadium – Euro 2020 qualifiers
Norway are travelling to finish off a slightly disappointing Euro 2020 qualifier campaign and will look for a good experience against the bottom team Malta. Norway through away their big opportunity in a 1-1 draw against Romania last month and will finish off the two last fixtures with a bitter feeling.
In the 10 previous meetings between the two sides, Malta are yet to win a match against Norway. Where only two of them have ended in a draw and eight with a win to Norway. The reverse fixture of this group match ended with a 2-0 win at Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo, where Genk star Sander Berge scored the opener before Joshua King added the second from the penalty spot.
Norway have left Bjorn Maars Johnsen out of the squad but included an injured Martin Odegaard. The Real Sociedad player got injured during a league match against Levante and will be checked by the Norwegian doctors.
Sven Grytebust (FC Copenhagen), Tore Reginiussen (Rosenborg), Iver Fossum (AaB), Mats Moller Daehli (St Pauli) and Erling Braut Haaland (RB Salzburg) are in the roster for the two fixtures in November, after being left out from the matches in October.
Malta look like they have the same squad for the two November fixtures.
Malta vs. Norway Preview and Predictions
The home side started off the tournament in a beautiful manner, securing their first win in the European Champions qualifiers since October 2006, but since the 2-1 win over Faroe Islands, it has all gone downhill and they are struggling to find a way to the net. This Monday they are at 37.75 to end the qualifiers on a high and secure a win over Norway, whilst they can be backed at 10.50 to hold Norway for a draw in Ta’Qali.
Norway are boasted by the return of the starlet Erling Braut Haaland, who wasn’t part of the October fixtures and the forward is extremely hot this term. It’s yet to see if he can translate his amazing record for RB Salzburg to the national side, but the whole of Norway will be watching as he takes to the pitch.
Sander Berge is another one who has impressed for his club Genk this season and scouts from all across the continent might have a look at the technical midfielder, who scored in the reverse fixture in September.
Norway are in a rapid development and will be looking to complete their group with a confidence boost towards the playoff phase after the tournament.
Norway to score Over 2.5 goals
The Norway pair up front in King and Haaland will be out to prove their worth also for the national team and will be hoping to make the most of any opportunities.
Norway to score in both halves at
The forwards will be eager to get on the scoresheet early on, in case coach Lars Lagerback decides to give some of the fringe players a few minutes in the second half. Norway will definitely get a look at goal during both halves and the quality they have up front will make it hard for Malta to keep them out.