Norway v Iceland Preview

July 10, 2013 | By

The Women’s 2013 European Championship’s continues on Thursday evening with Norway going up against Iceland, from the Kalmar Arena in Kalmar.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on British Eurosport, with a scheduled 17:00pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Norway v Iceland Preview, Women’s 2013 European Championship, Thursday 11th July 2013

Norway finished in a very respectable 3rd place during the Algarve Cup which took place a few months ago in March and that performance will have Coach Even Pellerud and his side confident of doing just as well during this tournament. Norway won the Olympic Gold Medal in Sydney back in 2000 and with this side still having a few of those players involved in the squad Norway are certainly one of the ‘Dark Horses’ of this competition.

Iceland will want to forget their performance at the recent Algarve Cup as Coach Sigurdur Ragnar Eyjolfsson’s side did not manage a single victory during their three group stage matches and although they did beat Hungary 1-4 in the 9th place play off, they will need to improve significantly if they are to stand any chance of progressing through to the latter stages of this tournament.

Norway v Iceland Team News

Norway Team News:

Coach Even Pellerud has had great success in the past having won both the Euro’s in 1993 and the World Cup in 1995 when being in charge of the Norway Women’s national team and with his squad of young and experienced players, he will be fully aware that his side can do well in this competition. The squad has several key players, most notably striker Ada Stolsmo Hegerberg and Winger Caroline Graham Hansen who will both be included in the starting lineup for this match.

Iceland Team News:

Coach Sigurdur Ragnar Eyjolfsson has a number injury problems for this opening game and it looks very unlikely that he will be able to field his strongest side with at least a few key players missing through injury and all hopes will rely on Striker Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir who is the current top goal scorer for her country with 11 goals from 12 previous appearances.

Norway v Iceland Head to Head Statistics

19/09/12 – UWC Norway – Iceland 2 : 1
16/09/10 – WWQ Iceland – Norway
3 : 1
11/09/10 – WWQ Iceland – Norway
2 : 3
07/03/08 – ALC Iceland – Norway
0 : 1
04/06/05 – UWC Norway – Iceland
1 : 3

Who Has The Advantage?

The two nations have played 10 previous meetings before Thursday night’s game in Kalmar, which has seen Norway win 7, Iceland win 2 and there being just 1 draw. The previous five meetings between the two has seen Norway win 3, Iceland win 2.

Average Goals Per Game?

During the previous 10 meetings between the two nations there has been 40 goals scored, which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 4.00 which strongly suggest that his game on Thursday night should see a few goals hit the back of the nets.

Norway v Iceland Recent Form

Norway: W L L L L
Iceland: L W L L L

Neither side has been setting the world on fire recently with both nations having managed just one single victory from their previous five matches played, which doesn’t really provide us with any trend to follow here.

Norway v Iceland Match Betting Odds Market.

Norway are the clear odds on favourites to win this game with the online bookmakers with a best current price of 4/6 with Betfred (£50 Free Bets for New Customers) which for me does look a bit on the short side considering their recent form.

The Draw has not been a result that has happened often when these two nations have met each other over the years, so the current best price of 14/5 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) isn’t likely to see many takers I would imagine.

Iceland are unlikely to be anywhere near full strength for this match and with the side having only managed to win one of their last seven games played their current best price of 4/1 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) does look about right considering.

Norway v Iceland Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

I can see why the online bookmakers have Norway priced up as the clear odds on favourites for this game as their performance during the Algarve Cup was very impressive indeed and with the squad having no reported injury problems, coach Even Pellerud will be able to play his strongest side available.

Iceland have a number of injury problems to key players and with the side having only managed one victory in their last seven matches, I really can’t see anything to suggest that they can win this game on Thursday evening and although the price of Norway is a little on the short side, the Asian Handicap could provide the value here.

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