Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
Sweden and Norway, the two Nordic sides, face each other at Friends Arena in the Euro 2020 qualifier. A lively contest is on the cards in the Group F derby and we are positive that both teams will go for a win in Sunday’s football match. The Swedes recorded a routine 4-0 win over Faroe Islands on Thursday evening, with the team retaining their spot in second position in the standings, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Norway.
The Norwegians faced no difficulties in a 2-0 victory over Malta, but beating Sweden at Friends Arena is easier said than done. Anyhow, the two teams seem to be evenly matched ahead of the Nordic derby and we are tempted to put our money on draw. You should bear in mind that the two neighbouring countries shared the spoils in each of their previous three meetings in all competitions.
Highlighted Player (Markus Henriksen):
Markus Henriksen is a Norwegian footballer who was born in Trondheim on 25 July, 1992. As expected, he played for his hometown club Rosenborg during his youth career and he made no less than 78 league appearances for the Troillongan at senior level. He scored 11 league goals for the club from 2009 to 2012 and he won two domestic trophies with the Norwegian outfit (2009, 2010).
On 31 August, 2012 he signed a five-year deal with AZ Alkmaar for a fee of €2 million. Henriksen made his AZ debut on 16 September, 2012 in a 4-0 win over Roda and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular. The attacking midfielder has nine caps for Norway U21 team and he made his debut for the first team in a 2-1 loss to Croatia on 12 October, 2010.
On 31 August, 2016 he signed a loan deal with Hull City, which should be made permanent in 2017. You should have in mind that Henriksen is capable of playing as both central midfielder and a defensive midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (Norway):
Norway are a Nordic side that participated three times at the FIFA World Cup finals (1938, 1994 and 1998). The Norwegians were producing fine performances at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, with the team setting up a meeting with Italy in the last 16 of the showpiece tournament thanks to a 2-1 win over Brazil in their last group match.
However, the Azzurri proved to be a big catch for Norway and thanks to Bobo Vieri’s goal the Italians made it to the quarter-finals. Norway only once qualified for the European Championship finals, with the team suffering elimination in the group stages of the 2000 tournament in Belgium and Netherlands. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the most famous Norwegian player and it is well known that he helped Manchester United beat Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.
The “Baby-faced” striker scored the winner for the Red Devils in the dying seconds of the match. Norway play their home games at Ullevaal Stadion, which was opened in September, 1926. The capacity of the venue is 28.000.