Norway vs Sweden Today Football Match Live Score 12/06/2022
Scandinavian neighbours Norway and Sweden will lock horns at the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo for their fourth League B Group 4 fixture in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday night.
The Blue and Yellow will be seeking revenge against the Lions, after losing 2-1 on home soil in the reverse fixture last week.Norway were unable to maintain their 100% start to League B Group 4 as they played out a goalless draw at home to Slovenia on Thursday.Miha Blazic was shown a straight red card just after the hour mark for a late challenge on Erling Braut Haaland, but the Lions could not take advantage of the extra man and were eventually forced to share the spoils.Nevertheless, Stale Solbakken will have been pleased with his side’s start to their Nations League campaign, as they have picked up seven points from their first three matches and sit one point clear of Serbia at the summit.
Norway, who have only lost one of their last 12 international matches, will be confident heading into Sunday’s game having already beaten Sweden this month. After four successive draws against the Blue and Yellow, a brace from Haaland helped claim all three points for the Lions, who only had 34% possession in Stockholm.
Another victory for Norway would put them in a strong position to secure promotion to League A, which would be their second promotion in three campaigns since the competition began in 2018.After winning 2-0 against Slovenia in their opening Nations League match, Sweden have since suffered back-to-back defeats against Norway and Serbia.The Blue and Yellow were condemned to a slender 1-0 loss by the latter on Thursday, with a strike in the third minute of first-half stoppage time from Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic enough for Serbia to claim all three points away from home.
Janne Andersson’s side, who were relegated from League A of the Nations League in the last campaign, remain in contention for promotion but they currently sit four points behind leaders Norway and Sunday’s clash against their regional rivals could be crucial in determining their fate.Sweden have failed to win any of their last five meetings with Norway, with their last victory dating back to August 2013 when they won 4-2 at home in a friendly international.
The Blue and Yellow head to Oslo having won only one of their last six away matches – the aforementioned 2-0 win over Slovenia earlier this month – so they will need to be on top of their game if they wish to claim maximum points on Sunday and keep their promotion hopes alive.Norway boss Solbakken may decide to make a couple of changes to freshen up his side, considering the quick turnaround between fixtures.
Both Haaland and Mohammed Elyounoussi are set to retain their places in attack, but Alexander Sorloth could come in for Joshua King, while Morten Thorsby may replace Fredrik Aursnes, joining Martin Odegaard and Sander Berge in centre-midfield.
A back four of Marcus Pedersen, Andreas Hanche-Olsen, Leo Ostigard and Birger Meling is set to remain intact on Sunday, shielding goalkeeper Orjan Nyland.As for Sweden, they will be without midfield duo Mattias Svanberg and Kristoffer Olsson due to suspension, while centre-back Joakim Nilsson is doubtful after coming off in the first half against Serbia with an injury.
With the likes of Victor Lindelof and Carl Starfelt not involved in the squad due to injury, head coach Andersson may have to call upon Hjalmar Ekdal and Sotirios Papagiannopoulos – who have just five international caps between them – to start at centre-back.On a more positive note, Sweden will be able to welcome back Tottenham Hotspur winger Dejan Kulusevski from suspension and he is expected to replace either Viktor Claesson or Anthony Elanga.
Emil Krafth is also available for selection after serving a one-match ban last time out, and he could replace Joel Andersson at right-back.Norway possible starting lineup:
Nyland; Pederson, Hanche-Olsen, Ostigard, Meling; Thorsby, Berge, Odegaard; Sorloth, Haaland, Elyounoussi
Sweden possible starting lineup:
Olsen; Krafth, Ekdal, Papagiannopoulos, Augustinsson; Forsberg, Cajuste, Svanberg; Kulusevski, Isak, ElangaWhile Sweden have talented attacking options who could cause problems for Norway in the final third, we feel that Haaland and co will have plenty of joy against the visitors’ weakened backline.
Andersson’s men cannot really afford to lose on Sunday if they are to keep the promotion hopes alive, but considering the form and firepower that Norway possess, a home victory could be on the cards.For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.Blågult have the upper hand in head-to-head, with 58 wins to Norway’s 25, from their 108 encounters in international football. However, since the turn of the millennium, it has been advantage Norway with three wins to one against the Swedes. The most recent matches between these sides have been cagey affairs ending in a stalemate, with four of the last five all finishing as a draw. However, the Swedes’ squad has been decimated by injuries and we believe we will see a repeat of the scoreline from last week when the sides faced each other in Sweden. Therefore, 101 Great Goals’ prediction for this match is Norway 2 – 1 Sweden and is available at odds of 8.50/1.Norway welcomes Sweden to the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo, Norway on Sunday for this UEFA Nations League, Group B match.
The Norwegians top their group and are on course for promotion to Group A of the Nations League for the first time. Although, there are still some concerns over performances. For one, they have only scored three goals in three games with all three scored by Erling Haaland.
There are fears they are too reliant on the talismanic striker who will join Manchester City this summer. Haaland (pictured below) was in good form in the first match against Sweden scoring a brace of goals. The Borussia Dortmund forward now has 18 goals in 20 caps for his country and is the 2.05/1 favourite to score against Sweden on Sunday.Haaland was disappointing against Slovenia on Thursday evening failing to find the net with any of his five shots. This includes missing two big chances. Although, he did find Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak in superhuman form who made five saves for his clean sheet.
It does reinforce the above point though. That if Haaland has an off night where he can’t find a way past the goalkeeper, Norway had nobody else to rely on to conjure up a goal. Former Crystal Palance forward Alexander Sørloth also missed a big chance while Arsenal midfielder Martin Ødegaard hit the woodwork.
For Sweden, the principal aim now is avoiding dropping down into group C. Their match against Slovenia in their final group game will largely determine this. However, points on the board here and against Serbia will certainly help their cause.They have struggled with injuries with eight players having already withdrawn from the squad since it was first named in May due to injury. All things considered, they may look to play for a point like Slovenia here.
With Dejan Kulusevski returning from suspension, plus Emil Forsberg and Alexander Isak hopefully fit enough to start again, they still have the players to hurt Norway even with a conservative approach committing fewer players to their attacks.Norway have been fortunate so far with injuries or suspensions in this Nations League campaign. However, Kristian Thorstvedt, Marcus Pedersen, Birger Meling and Fredrik Aursnes are all walking the suspension tightrope after a yellow card in the opening three group games. Another yellow card here would result in them missing Norway’s game against Slovenia on September 24th.
Brede Moe of Bodø/Glimt is the only player hoping to pick up his first international cap here for the Norwegians.Dejan Kulusevski and Emil Krafth both missed Thursday night’s 0-1 defeat to Serbia due to suspension. The pair are expected to return to the starting lineup here though with Kulusevski replacing Viktor Claesson on the wing while Krafth likely replaces Joel Andersson at right back.
Joakim Nilsson was withdrawn due to injury just before halftime against Serbia. The Arminia Bielefeld defender has since withdrawn from the squad and Edvin Kurtulus is expected to replace him from the start against Norway.
Emil Forsberg and Alexander Isak were major doubts before kick-off on Thursday and neither started the match. Isak remained an unused substitute while Forsberg managed only a 13-minute cameo. The pair will need to prove their fitness in advance of this match.