Erling Haaland returns to international duty after the season of his life. 52 goals in all competitions for treble winning Manchester City, player of the season, golden boot winner in the Premier League and many records broken in what has been a truly incredible season.
In an interview post match after the Champions League final win Haaland said he would love to take his country to a European and World finals and this weekend is a huge game for Norway if he wants to achieve that for Euro 2024.
Norway lost 3-0 to Spain in their opening game and then draw 1-1 in Georgia. This isn’t the makings of a side who can qualify out of this group, so they need to kick-start their qualification campaign this weekend.
There is no better way for them to get right back into this Group by beaten current leaders and 100% record setting Scotland who have won both their opening matches beating Spain 2-0 at home and then Cyprus 3-0 at home.
Erling Haaland is a key player for Norway, but they also have Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard in their side and these two players must perform at their best to give Norway a chance of winning the game. Other players must also raise their game to a higher level more consistently and Norway can look to be in with a chance of qualifying, but it does seem a tall order at this stage.
Scotland were in dream land winning 2-0 over Spain and Manchester United’s Scott McTominay scored both of the goals which sent the fans into wild celebrations, albeit it was only the opening game of the campaign.
They then following up a few days later to beat Cyprus 3-0 at home to confirm they can be consistent in their performances and now they head to Norway knowing a draw is a brilliant result. Taking all 3 points would be out of this world, but they have to stop the Haaland machine.
With Arsenal’s Kieren Tierney and Liverpool’s Andy Robertson, Scotland have a lot of grit and determination and after two wins, Scotland will not be looking to roll over in this match.
Norway haven’t qualified for a major tournament for a while and must believe with a couple of world class players in their ranks, they can pull off a win here.
|Norway||Evens William Hill|
|Draw||5/2 William Hill|
|Scotland||11/4 Paddy Power|
This is a massive Euro 2024 qualifier and one Norway must win to get them back on track in the group after defeat against Spain and a draw against Georgia. Scotland know a point will be huge result and at punters.pub, the best bet of the day is 5/2 with William Hill that Norway v Scotland ends in a draw.
Steve Clark’s men have started the campaign really well and will not be wanting to let Norway back in the group and with a group of committed players, can put in a resolute display to take a point in this tough qualifying match.