Norway vs Northern Ireland Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification

7th October 2017 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

Northern Ireland will look to produce a good performance to get some confidence back after losing against Germany on Thursday night. That result against the world champions means that the Irish are finishing second in their group but ahead of the play offs, it will be important for Michael O’Neill’s men to get some confidence back into them. They also need a point to guarantee a finish as one of the best eight runners up. Norway have had a disappointing campaign but they will be full of themselves after having hammered minnows San Marino in midweek.

Norway vs Northern Ireland Odds

Norway 6/4, Northern Ireland 19/10, Draw 9/4

Norway vs Northern Ireland Betting Tips

Northern Ireland need to pick up just one point from this game out in Norway to guarantee that they finish one of the best runners up. If they don’t other results can go their way to ensure that they make it. The Irish snapped a five match losing streak that they were on against Norway earlier in the qualification campaign when they took a win over them at Windsor Park. That was a 2-0 win and under 2.5 goals at bet365 for this one fetches a price of 4/7. In the bet365 correct score market with the 1-1 draw the shortest priced option followed by the 0-0 at 7/1. Northern Ireland have posted a W2 D1 L1 record away from home in their World Cup qualification campaign so far, losing only in Germany.

Really aside from the two games against Germany, the Irish have been rock solid at the back. They should be able to hold their own in this one and ultimately they will strive to get a positive result under their belt ahead of the play offs. Kyle Lafferty is Northern Ireland’s shortest priced option in the bet365 anytime goalscorer market, with Norway’s Alexander Soderlund the 9/4 favourite. Northern Ireland have only actually been to Norway once before and that was in a 2-1 defeat right back in 1974. Norway have failed to live up expectation as they were expected to be a little bit closer to challenging for a qualification spot than they are. They have just the ten points from nine games in a W3 D1 L5 record.

Norway went out on Thursday and hammered San Marino 8-0 and that doubled their goal tally for the entire group having netted just eight in their opening eight games. At home in the qualification group, Norway have posted a W2 D1 L1 record, beating Azerbaijan and San Marino, while the defeat happened, as expected against Germany. There is certainly nothing for the Irish to be fearful of in this one. There is limited head to head between the two nations, with only eight previous games and there has never been a draw with Norway leading 6-2 from the previous matches.

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