Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Norway will be looking to climb to top two in Group G when they face Latvia at Daugavas stadions on Saturday afternoon. The Scandinavians did well to hold Netherlands to a 1-1 on Wednesday, and, it is no wonder the bookies see them as hot favourites to beat the Latvians. Erling Haland will be the man to watch in the away team, while Alexander Sorloth returns from suspension. Anyhow, we are positive that the visitors will adopt an attack-minded approach in what could be a crucial qualifier for Stale Solbakken’s troops.
Latvia, on the other hand, recorded a hard-fought 3-1 win over rock-bottom Gibraltar, but they will have a mountain to climb in Saturday’s football match. In their last meeting in a competitive match, back in 1999 Norway defeated Latvia 2-1 in the EURO 2000 qualifier. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Rakow attacker Vladislavs Gutkovskis, who scored a brace in the midweek victory.
Highlighted Player (Omar Elabdellaoui):
Omar Elabdellaoui is a footballer of Moroccan descent who represents Norway on the international stage. Elabdellaoui made his Norway debut in August 2013 in a friendly match against Sweden. He spent 72 minutes on the field, playing as a right back.
Speaking of his club career, the 179-cm-tall footballer played for Manchester City youth team from 2008 and 2011, but he did not make his Man City debut at senior level. After ending his loan spells with Stromsgodset and Feyenoord he moved to Eintracht Braunshweig in 2013. On 10 May, 2013 he signed a permanent deal with the German outfit and it has to be noted that he scored one goal in 43 league appearances for die Lowen.
In June 2014 he signed a contract with Olympiakos of Greece and he made his debut with the club on 23 August in a 3-1 victory over Niki Volos. Omar Elabdellaoui is capable of playing as both right back and a right midfielder. He was born on 5 December, 1991 in Oslo.
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.