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Match Preview: Norway vs Spain

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It is Norway vs Spain in the seventh round of Group F at the Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo this evening.

Norway host Spain, knowing they have to beat the former European and World champions if they want to keep track of Sweden and Romania in the fight for the second place on the table.

Spain, on the other hand, is secure on the top of Group F with a perfect record of six wins from six games in the European Qualifiers.

La Furia Roja will have the chance to officially qualify for the EURO 2020 if they come back with a win from Norway, but it is really unlikely to happen because Sweden or Romania would also need to drop points against Malta and the Faroe Islands respectively.

Team news

Teenage sensation Erling Braut Haaland has withdrawn from the Norway squad for the upcoming games against Spain and Romania with a hip injury.

His 20-year-old colleague Martin Odegaard will take the full responsibility now, after demonstrating great form since the start of the 2019-20 La Liga campaign, for which he won the league’s Player of the Month award for September.

Spain will travel to Oslo without Real Madrid duo Marco Asensio and Isco, as well as both left-backs Jordi Alba and Jose Gaya.

Borussia Dortmund forward Paco Alcacer has also dropped from the squad, while Gerard Moreno from Villarreal will be looking to make his debut for the national team.

Talk to the press

Real Madrid youngster, who plays at Real Sociedad on loan this season – Martin Odegaard is excited about his country’s upcoming clash with Spain.

“It’s going to be very special because I’m going to play against teammates and friends,” Odegaard said at the pre-game press conference.

‘However, I will just be thinking about the game [when it starts] and I want to do my best [for the team].”

“We know that the first thing tomorrow is to be well organized in defense. The work we do on the pitch and our positioning will be the most important.

Stats

Both sides faced each other in the EURO 2020 qualifiers opener back in March, as Spain registered a narrow 2-1 win at Mestalla.

Norway haven’t lost a game since then, noting two wins and three draws in the five competitive games which followed for the Lions.

Spain has won 10 of their 12 games following the shocking FIFA World Cup exit at the hands of the host nation, Russia in the Round of 16 of the tournament.

La Furia Roja has scored 17 goals in their six EURO qualifiers encounters and conceded only three times in the process.

Norway is undefeated at home since the 3-0 loss to Germany back in September 2016. They’ve played 13 games since then, registering nine wins and four draws.