Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Following a 2-0 win over Cyprus, Norway suffered a 1-0 loss to Bulgaria in Sofia, but they quickly bounced back from the defeat. The Norwegians did well to beat Slovenia 1-0 in front of home fans on Saturday evening and they will be looking to build on the victory when they host Bulgaria at Ullevaal Stadion. Bulgaria, on the other hand, have been producing splendid displays in the UEFA Nations League and a win over Norway will see them move one step closer to clinching top position in Group 3. However, seeing that the Nordic side have been impressive at home ground in the Nations League, we are tempted to put our money on Lars Lagerback’s troops. Joshua King has been scoring goals for fun in the Premier League this season, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Anyhow, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Norwegians, who obviously play with confidence.
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 (Bulgaria):
Bulgaria national football team are well known for their “Golden generation” of players led by Hristo Stoichkov. The Bulgarian football legend was producing thrilling performances for the national team at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in USA and he helped the Lions make it to the semi-finals of the tournament.
The likes of Trifon Ivanov, Krasimir Balakov and Yordan Letchkov enjoyed a very successful tournament as well and, no doubt, they recorded a historical result at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The Bulgarians defeated Germany in the quarter-finals, but Italy proved to be a big catch for Dimitar Penev’s team. Bulgaria eventually suffered a heavy loss to Sweden in the third-place playoffs. Nowadays, Bulgaria struggle in qualifiers for major tournaments and it has to be noted that they have not participated at the finals since 1994.
Vasil Levski National Stadium is considered Bulgaria’s home ground and the capacity of the stadium is 43.320. Bulgaria wear white shirts, green shorts and white socks when playing at home, whilst green and red are their second colours.