The Norwegian national team had a disappointing European Championship qualifier. They need to win Tuesday’s match against Georgia to keep their European Championship hopes alive.
Norway and Georgia have not met each other very often. They have only played against each other four times before, but Norway has never lost.
The first time was in 1996, when Norway won 1-0 in a training match. The winner of the match at that time was current national team coach Stahl Solbakken.
In 1999, the two teams met twice in UEFA qualifiers. Norway won 4-1 away and again 1-0 at home, helping to secure a place in the Norwegian men’s preliminary final tournament. The last meeting between the two teams was last March, which ended in a 1-1 draw, after Norway wasted its lead on the eve of the match.
In other words, this was the first time Norway had failed to beat Georgia. We think Norway will get its fourth win over Georgia on Tuesday.
Norway – Georgia
Odds: Norway will win by more than 2.5 goals per match – 2.05 in odds
The match starts on Monday 11 September at 20.45
Play stops at 8:44 p.m
The match can be watched on TV2 Sport 1 and TV2 Play
On Tuesday, Norway welcomes Georgia to the sold-out Ulleval Stadium. Norway must win the match if it wants to qualify directly for the European Nations Cup.
It’s the beginning of September, and Norway has almost missed out on qualifying for the European Championship when half of the qualifying matches are finished.
After losing and drawing to Spain and Georgia in March, Stahl Solbakken’s side pulled off another blow at home against Scotland in June. They squandered their 1-0 lead in the last three minutes and lost 1-2.
The loss means Norway are already eight points behind Scotland ahead of September’s matches, who many see as our biggest rival for a European Championship ticket. If there is any hope of Norway participating in Euro 2024, there is no way they can lose another point at home to Georgia. Victory alone is enough for Norway.
With a draw, we’ll likely hear the cheers all the way across the North Sea. Then Scotland will be ready for the European Commission.
But we don’t think that will happen.
Norway comes into Tuesday’s match feeling good. In the training match against Jordan, they faced an easy opponent, and emerged victorious with a score of 6-0. All six scorers scored their first goals in a national team uniform, especially the very talented Antonio Nosa who made a big impression on his debut.
The 18-year-old, who plays for Club Brugge, where Ronny Deila plays on a daily basis, showed that he has the qualities Norway needs against Georgia. With Noosa and Erling Braut Haaland both in attack, there could soon be more goals to cheer the Olivall fans on. Osama Sahrawi was one of the newcomers who emerged against Jordan. The former Valerenga player has caused disruption in the Jordanian defence, and could also cause problems for Georgia if he is given the opportunity by Stal Solbakken.
It’s a fairly simple calculation now: Norway must win its last four matches (home to Georgia, away to Cyprus, home to Spain and away to Scotland). Meanwhile, Scotland must beat Spain away from home.
It’s almost like believing in Santa Claus.
Norway faces Georgia, which suffers its biggest loss ever. They lost 1-7 to Spain in Tbilisi on Saturday, and Willy Sagnol’s men’s confidence may have taken a hit ahead of the game in Oslo. However, if they can overcome the loss, Georgia should be able to give Norway a fight, and with Hvicha Kvaratskhilia on the field, they will pose a threat to a Norwegian defense that has faltered in European Championship qualifying. They have conceded goals in all qualifiers.
More than 2.5 goals have been scored in three of Norway’s first four Euro qualifiers, with Georgia conceding seven goals against Spain in Friday’s match. There is bad news for the Georgian defense, which will face Erling Braut Haaland in Tuesday’s match.
Yes, and they will also compete against Antonio Nosa. He doesn’t hide. He wants the ball, he wants the challenge – every time. This leads to goal scoring opportunities. Could be fun at Ullevaal on Tuesday.
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