The two neighbouring countries in Scandinavia will meet in their European Championship qualifying group F match on Tuesday night, as Norway host Sweden on Tuesday night, kicking off at 8:45pm local time. In a tough group containing Spain, these sides will hope to secure 2nd place in the group, which will qualify them for the finals next summer.

Home Team: Norway

Norway haven’t qualified for a major tournament since 2000, and will hope that 20 years of hurt will end next summer. If they fail to qualify via the top two spots in this group, then they are guaranteed a play-off spot, courtesy of them winning their UEFA Nations League group, which contained Bulgaria, Slovenia and Cyprus. With Spain likely to become group winners, Norway will hope they can challenge for the 2nd spot with Romania and upcoming opponents Sweden.

In the last two qualifying campaigns, Norway managed to earn a play-off spot in 2016, but were beaten by Hungary. For the World Cup in 2018, Norway finished 4th in their qualification group and were far away from the play-offs in a rather disappointing campaign. Norway have a real chance of progressing to the European Championships, and will rely on key players such as Bournemouth striker Joshua King to be a potent threat.

Away Team: Sweden

Sweden will see themselves as strong favourites to secure automatic qualification for the European Championships, by finishing in the top two. Failing that, just like Norway, they do have the advantage of having a play-off already guaranteed as they won their UEFA Nations League group which included Turkey and Russia. Sweden have qualified for every European Championship since 2000, but only progressed past the group stage once, in 2004.

In the last European Championships, they finished last in their group, and will hope that their excellent performance in the World Cup we’ll give them added experience to better their showing. Sweden have been a solid team of late, with defender Victor Lindelof at the back, but he withdrew from the squad with speculation suggesting it was due to striker John Guidetti not being selected. Sweden still boast a squad of real quality, and will hope they can start their European Championship campaign in winning style.

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Head to Head

Due to geographical reasons, the sides have met numerous times over the years, meaning this will be their 107th ever meeting. Sweden have won 59 of those clashes, with Norway being successful in 24 matches, with the other 23 matches ending in a draw. The sides have only met each other 10 times in a competitive match, with 6 of them coming in the 60’s. Their other four meetings in a competitive setting came just one decade later.

During those fixtures, Sweden managed to win 7 times, with Norway winning twice, and there being a solitary draw. Norway’s two wins did come at home, which will give them confidence they can repeat history on Tuesday night. The sides last met two years ago, which ended in a 1-1 draw in Norway in a friendly match.

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Norway vs Sweden Predictions and Betting Tips

Norway are at 7/4 to win, with Sweden at 17/10, making their little difference to choose from. For the sides to draw, that is priced at 2/1. It’s a hard match to call, but I would predict Sweden to edge to a 2-1 victory at 10/1. It may be best to do a ‘Draw No Bet’ for this encounter, by backing either Norway (19/20) or Sweden (4/5) to win, knowing you can get your stake back if it ends in a draw. bet now betting on football

For a HF/FT prediction, it may be the safest option to choose a Draw/Draw selection, which is at a generous 13/4. Finally, for the tipsters that are feeling lucky, back there to be more than 5.5 goals in the match, which is at 25/1… it happened in a friendly 5 years ago.

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