Our football match prediction:
San Marino will be aiming to put an end to their 19-game losing run in all competitions when they welcome Norway at their Stadio Olimpico di Serravale. The minnows suffered a loss in each of their eight qualifying matches and, no doubt, they are low on confidence ahead of Thursday’s football match against Norway. San Marino head into the game following a heavy 5-1 loss to Azerbaijan and, taking everything into account, they are unlikely to grab something from the Norway clash. The Nordic side have been struggling in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers as well and they sit in fifth place in Group C ahead of the trip to San Marino. The Norwegians are eager to bounce back from an embarrassing 6-0 loss to Germany and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Pierangelo Manzaroli’s charges. When the two teams met in Oslo earlier in the process Norway recorded a 4-1 win over San Marino.
Highlighted Player (Fredrik Jensen):
Fredrik Jensen is a Norwegian footballer who plays for Belgian side Zulte Waregem as a midfielder. Jensen started his senior career at Odd and he made no less than 129 appearances for the Norwegian club (league) from 2012 to 2017. The 185-cm tall player then decided to take a step forward in his career and he joined Zulte Waregem in the summer of 2017. Fredrik Jensen signed a four-year deal with the Belgian outfit and his contract should expire on June 30, 2021. Jensen’s main position is defensive midfield, but he is used as a central midfielder as well. The Zulte Waregem footballer, whose preferred foot is right, has yet to make his debut for Norway at senior level. Fredrik Jensen made his Zulte Waregem debut in a thrilling 5-0 win over Eupen, with the Norwegian midfielder coming as a substitute for Onur Kaya in the dying minutes of the match. Jensen was born in Skien, Norway on May 18, 1993.
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.