Our football match prediction:
Despite suffering a loss to Germany in their last qualifying match, Northern Ireland are on the verge of booking their place in the play-offs. The Green and White Army occupy third place in the ranking of second-placed teams and they take on Norway in Oslo in their last group game. Northern Ireland are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach against the Nordic side as they would be happy with one point from Sunday’s football match and we predict that they are going to share the spoils with Lars Lagerback’s charges at Ullevaal Stadion. Norway did well to crush San Marino (8-0) in their last qualifying game, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Michael O’Neill’s men, who have been impressive at the back in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. The Norwegians failed to qualify for the next year’s showpiece tournament and, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from Sunday’s match as well.
Highlighted Player (Joshua King):
Joshua King is a Norway international who plays for Premier League side Bournemouth as a striker. King was born in Oslo on January 15, 1992 and he started his career at the youth team of Romsas. In 2006 the Norwegian footballer moved to Valerenga and two years later he joined Premier League giants Manchester United. Nonetheless, he did not see any game action at Old Trafford as he was immediately sent on loan to Preston. Joshua King played for the likes of Borussia M’gladbach, Hull City and Blackburn Rovers on loan as well before signing a permanent deal with the Riversiders in January, 2013. The pacey attacker scored only three goals in 56 appearances in the league for Blackburn Rovers, but in 2015 Bournemouth chiefs decided to bring him to Vitality Stadium. Joshua King impressed in the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign, with the Norwegian striker scoring 16 goals in 36 appearances for the Cherries. King provided two assists for his teammates in the process as well.
Highlighted Team (Northern Ireland):
Competing first under the Irish flag and then as an independent entity, Northern Ireland are one of world’s oldest national teams, but they haven’t enjoyed too much success in history. Led by Danny Blanchflower, the Irish impressed at their first ever World Cup finals appearance, reaching the quarter-finals in 1958, but they have since only played at the 1982 and 1986 tournaments, reaching round 2 and crashing out in the group stage respectively. Northern Ireland had failed to qualify for 13 successive European Championship finals before finally booking their ticket to the Euro 2016 in France, and the fans hope this success will only be a sign of things to come. Without a doubt, George Best is the most famous footballer to have ever put on the green shirt, scoring 9 goals in 37 appearances, but he couldn’t help the national team close the gap behind Europe’s top sides. Some of the other high-profile footballers include Pat Jennings, Aaron Hughes, David Healy, Keith Gillespie, Steven Davies and Gareth McAuley.