Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Ulleval Stadion will host Friday’s football game between Norway and Austria, who face each other at the start of the new UEFA Nations League campaign. The Norwegians failed to secure automatic qualification to the European Championship finals, but it has to be noted that they suffered no more than one defeat in the qualifiers. As a result, Lars Lagerback’s men will take on Serbia in the playoffs in October. Norway have big ambitions for the Nations League as well, and, no doubt, all eyes will be on Borussia Dortmund rising star Erling Haland, who was scoring goals for fun in all competitions.
The Austrians, on the other hand, did well to qualify for the Euro after missing out on a place at the FIFA World Cup. Marko Arnautovic has been left out of the squad, but Champions League winner David Alaba will take part in Friday’s showdown. Given the attacking potential of the two sides, both teams to score betting option should be considered.
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 (Austria):
Austria is one of Europe’s oldest national football teams and they enjoyed plenty of success during the 1930’s, earning the nickname Wunderteam in the process. Das Team achieved a fourth-place finish at the second World Cup in 1934, before finishing in third place at the 1954 finals. However, Austria have since participated at another five World Cup finals, never getting past the first knockout stage.
Das Team were even more disappointing in the European Championship qualifying campaigns, failing to qualify for 12 straight tournaments before appearing at the 2008 finals as co-hosts. However, Austria made it to the Euro 2016 in style, winning nine of ten qualifiers to suggest the team may be on the path to return to old glory days.
Former Bayern Munich midfielder Andreas Herzog is the team’s most capped footballer with 103 appearances, whereas Toni Polster is the most prolific striker with 44 goals in 95 outings. Matthias Sinderlar, Ernst Ocwirk, Herbert Prohaska and Hans Krankl are some of the most notable players to have represented Austria over the years.