Norway host Austria at Ullevaal Stadionin the UEFA Nations League on Friday. The Scandinavians failed to qualify for the Euros despite going unbeaten in their last nine qualifiers, can they beat Austria in Oslo?
Norway failed to qualify for the European Championship. They finished third in Group F, nine points behind Spain and four points behind Sweden.
Lars Lagerbäck’s side got off to a 2-1 defeat in Spain but went undefeated in the following nine matches. The problem was too many draws, five of them with four wins.
Three 1-1 draws were secured consecutively in Sweden, against Spain and in Romania. Norway finished with a 4-0 win against Faroe Islands and 2-1 win in Malta.
Alexander Sørloth scored twice against Faroe Islands and once against Malta with Erling Haaland absent.
Norway Team News
Defender Havard Nordtveit is injured. Midfielders Martin Ødegaard and Fredrik Midtsjø withdrew with striker Bjørn Maars Johnsen not called up.
Manager Lars Lagerbäck has top strength talent up front in Alexander Sørloth and Erling Haaland. Sørloth scored 31 goals for Trabzonspor last season, Erling Haaland netting 13 goals in 15 appearances for Borussia Dortmund.
Goalkeepers: Rune Jarstein, Ørjan Nyland, Sondre Rossbach
Defenders: Omar Elabdellaoui (Captain), Tore Reginiussen, Haitam Aleesami, Even Hovland, Jonas Svensson, Kristoffer Ajer, Birger Meling, Ruben Gabrielsen
Midfielders: Markus Henriksen, Stefan Johansen (Captain), Mohamed Elyounoussi, Sander Berge, Iver Fossum, Mathias Normann, Morten Thorsby, Patrick Berg
Forwards: Joshua King, Alexander Sørloth, Erling Haaland
Austria qualified for the European Championship, finishing second in Group G, six points behind Poland. Franco Foda’s side won six and drew three of their 10 matches with one draw.
Austria beat Israel 3-1, Slovenia 1-0 and North Macedonia 2-1 before a 1-0 defeat in Latvia.
Austria Team News
Influential defender David Alaba misses out alongside midfielder Valentino Lazaro. Shanghai SIPG striker Marko Arnautović wasn’t called up.
Much of the squad play in the German Bundesliga or Austrian Bundesliga. Austria's defence is average without David Alaba but they a strong midfield and flair available from Leipzig’s Marcel Sabitzer.
Goalkeepers: Cican Stanković, Pavao Pervan, Alexander Schlager
Defenders: Aleksandar Dragović, Martin Hinteregger, Stefan Lainer, Andreas Ulmer, Christopher Trimmel, Maximilian Wöber, Stefan Posch, Philipp Lienhart
Midfielders: Julian Baumgartlinger (captain), Stefan Ilsanker, Florian Grillitsch, Xaver Schlager, Peter Žulj, Reinhold Ranftl, Christoph Baumgartner
Forwards: Marcel Sabitzer, Michael Gregoritsch, Karim Onisiwo, Adrian Grbić, Christoph Monschein
Norway vs Austria Head to Head
Austria have an 8-2 advantage against Norway with one draw in 11 matches. They last met in a 2002 friendly with Norway winning 1-0.
Norway vs Austria Odds
Norway are narrow 2.50 favourites at bet365 with Austria listed at 3.00 with betfair. A draw can be backed at 3.35 at Unibet.
Norway vs Austria Stats
- Norway have won their last 2 matches (UEFA European Championship qualifiers).
- Norway are undefeated in their last 9 matches (UEFA European Championship qualifiers).
- Norway have seen BTTS in 4 of their last 5 matches (UEFA European Championship qualifiers).
- Austria have won 6 of their last 8 matches (UEFA European Championship qualifiers).
- Austria have seen over 2.5 goals in 4 of their last 7 matches (UEFA European Championship qualifiers).