2008 and 2012 EURO Champions will start their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign by hosting Norway at their home.
Asian Handicap : 0.92*2*1.0
Being believed to face a mediocre opponent with the advantage of playing at home, Spain still have to play with utmost concentration to secure one of top two places in this group to be guaranteed a spot at the 2020 European Championship. Previously, they lost to England and Croatia with two 3-2 defeats in the National League, a few changes, therefore, will probably be made in the next game.
Coach Luis Enrique and he has made some very surprising calls with this squad. There was no initial place for Saul, a key player for Spain in the Nations League but he has since been called up following the withdrawal of Fabian Ruiz. The likes of Isco, Thiago and Dani Carvajal have also been excluded. Getafe’s Jaime Mata, Sergio Canales of Betis and Sergi Gomez of Sevilla are all included and are looking to win their first caps.
With an addition of Mata besides Morata and Rodrigo, Spain will not really have any problems finding the way to the rival’s net as those strikers are having decent performance at club level. Despite the fact that they are still finding the right player to lead the whole team, this is one game they are very likely to take 3 points.
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Odds Over/Under: 0.95*3*0.85
In contrast, Norway is showing a good form by winning their Nations League group, although only against fairly weak teams of Cyprus, Bulgaria and Slovenia. Still, it’s a rare recent success for the Norwegians who haven’t qualified for a major tournament since Euro 2000. Norway hasn’t faced Spain in 2019, they may, however, cause La Roja a lot of troubles with their young talents.
Norway have only lost once since the start of last year but they’ve not really faced any major tests. Their last game against elite European opposition ended in a 6-0 loss to Germany at the end of 2018 World Cup qualifying. Therefore it’s hard to see them restricting this Spanish side and a home win looks likely.
Spain’s defending system is having some problems as they conceded 6 goals in their last 2 away games. Since Gerard Pique’s national team retirement, a new quality partner for Sergio Ramos hasn’t been found yet. And Norway may take advantage of those issues on the break with the pace of Josh King.
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First Half Odd Bet: 0.77*0.75*0.89
Being underestimated to the opponent, and the fact that they will have to play away, defensive tactic seems to be the appropriate choice for Norway. The Scandinavian team will have to establish a really solid and focusing defense system to minimize the goals conceded. However, to a team that has been experienced in International championships such as Spain, it’s just a matter of time that they will be scoring. And it’s highly anticipated that at least one goal will be scored in the first half.
First Half Odds Over/Under: 0.93*1-1,5*0.95
Spain: De Gea; Roberto, Ramos, Inigo, Alba; Busquets, Parejo, Ceballos; Muniain, Morata, Rodrigo.
Norway: Jarstein; Elabdellaoui, Nordtveit, Ajer, Rosted; Fossum, Henriksen, Selnaes, Elyounoussi; Kamara, King.
Prediction Full-Time: Spain 3 – 0 Norway(Choose Spain and Over)