Spain is welcoming Norway in round 1 of Euro Cup qualification.
After years of domination and only 3 losses since September 2016, Spain has had what was for them pretty disappointing World Cup in Russia last year. Spain was in group with Portugal, Iran and Morocco and ended up winning this group with 5 points, 6 scored goals and 5 conceded goals just to get knocked out against Russia in a penalty shootout. Spain had a lot of problems before that game because Lepotegui who was their coached announced that he is leaving the national team after World Cup and signing with Real Madrid and president on Spanish soccer association decided to fire him instead and sign Fernando Hierro instead who then got fired right after that game. After some time Luis Enrique, who won every trophy possible with Barcelona, was signed. After the World Cup Iniesta and Pique retired from national team and Enrique decided to give more chances to some younger players like Rodrigo and Niguez. In their last game against Bosnia, Spain was dominant as usual with 63% ball possession, 5 shot on goal and 11 corner kicks and ended up winning this game 1-0. In this qualifications Spain is in group with Malta, Norway, Romania, Sweden and Faroe Islands and is not only top favorite to win this group but also to win Euro Cup once again.
Norway is not a bad team and have done really well in Nations League last year by winning their group with 13 points and impressive 7-2 goal differential. Norway team is being coached by swedish legend Lars Lagerback and their best players are Ola Kamara and Martin Odegaard who was considered for a biggest talent in the world few years ago and was signed by Real Madrid but his true potential never fully developed. Norway is doing well on the defensive end and have conceded only 5 goals in last 10 games. Norway’s game plan is based on steady defense and counter attacks as they do not have the quality to control possession, especially against stronger teams. In their last game against Cyprus, Norway was dominating every aspect of the game with 52% ball possession, 6 shots on goal and 2 scored goals, but that was against the team that has won only 3 games since August 2017.
Norway is capable of making life harder for any team but Spain is playing soccer that is at least two levels above Norway and I see them winning this match but odds are pretty bad so I will pick something on goals.