Our prediction for this match:
Iceland have been struggling on the international stage ever since they booked their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. The Icelanders were totally outplayed by the likes of Mexico and Peru in March and, no doubt, they are eager to get back on course. Iceland take on Norway in Reykjavik in Saturday’s football match and they will surely leave their hearts on the field. A man to watch in the home team will be Gylfi Sigurdsson, who has established himself as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League. The Norwegians, on the other hand, outplayed the likes of Australia and Albania in March friendlies, which is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the trip to Iceland. Anyhow, the hosts want this win more than the visitors and we predict Heimir Hallgrimsson’s troops are going to emerge triumphant in Saturday’s clash.
Highlighted Player (Birkir Bjarnason):
The 28-year-old Icelandic central midfielder Birkir Bjarnason bearing a striking nickname Thor in his homeland is a footballing nomad, having played for no less than seven clubs in less than ten years of his professional careers.
After spells in Belgium and Italy, the Iceland midfielder moved to FC Basel in 2015 to amass 29 Swiss Super League appearances and add 10 goals in his club’s title-winning campaign. Following a successful season at club level, the versatile midfielder Birkir Bjarnason, who is equally apt to perform as a striker, made striking appearance during the Euro 2016 in France. His commanding appearances made him a key player for the minnows Iceland as they knocked England out to reach the quarter finals of the tournament.
Despite heavy summer interest from several English sides, Bjarnason remained with the Swiss champions and is expected to play a key role in their Champions League campaign.
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.