Our prediction for this Nations League match:
After impressing in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, Serbia will look to kick-off their Nations League campaign in style when they welcome Norway to their Stadion Rajko Mitic on Friday. The White Eagles almost ruined Portugal’s WC qualifying hopes, and they are surely capable of matching the Norwegians in front of home fans. Juventus ace Dusan Vlahovic has been ruled out with injury, but all Dusan Tadic, Aleksandar Mitrovic, and Sergej Milinkovic Savic made the cut.
A man to watch in the away team will be Borussia Dortmund’s superstar Erling Haaland, and given Norway’s attacking potential, we believe that punters from all around the globe can find value in betting on both teams to score. The opposition back-line should have Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard at bay as well. When the two teams met in the Nations League playoffs in October 2020 Serbia defeated Norway 2-1 in Oslo.
Highlighted Player (Nemanja Matic):
Nemanja Matic is a Serbian footballer who plays for Premier League side Chelsea. The 194-cm-tall midfielder was born on 1 August, 1988 and he began his football career (youth) at Radnicki Obrenovac.
In 2005 he signed for Kolubara and after impressing with Kosice in the 2008/2009 campaign, Chelsea owners decided to sign him. Nemanja spent the 2010/2011 season on loan at Vitesse and at the end of the season he signed a deal with Portuguese giants Benfica, with David Luiz heading in the other direction.
Matic was in the form of his life in the 2013/2014 Primeira Liga campaign and he helped the Eagles clinch the domestic trophy. He rejoined Chelsea in 2014 for a fee of €25M and he helped the Blues win the Premier League title in the 2014/2015 season. Nemanja Matic has also developed into a key member of the Serbian national team that have been largely struggling of late.
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.