Norway vs Sweden – Following their World Cup disappointment, the Lions enjoyed back-to-back victories in friendly matches in the spring before defeating Serbia 1-0 in Belgrade last week. Erling Haaland, who has already scored 40 goals in 37 games for club and country since the start of last season, was called upon on that occasion as well as against Sweden, where he netted in both halves of a 2-1 triumph.
With Haaland on the verge of joining Manchester City this summer, Norway may be on the verge of unparalleled Nations League victory after he put his team ahead from the penalty spot following a questionable decision by the officials. Since 1998, the Norwegians have not qualified for a World Cup finals, but the current crop of players under Solbakken is now excellently positioned to lead Group 4 in the 2020-21 Nations League, which is a noteworthy result at the League B level.
Slovenia, in contrast to their rapidly improving hosts, has had a difficult year, with their only victories coming against international minnows Gibraltar, Malta, and Cyprus. Matjaz Kek’s team also failed to qualify for the World Cup, finishing in fourth place in their group behind Croatia, Russia, and Slovakia; they were eliminated from the playoffs. Slovenia’s first-ever appearance in the second division of the Nations League ended in a defeat against Serbia on Sunday, and they’ve now experienced two defeats in a row.
Norway vs Sweden – Betting Analysis
Despite Petar Stojanovic’s half-time equaliser, Kek watched his side lose three times in the second half and currently sit at the bottom of Group 4 with 0 points and six goals to their name.
For a squad that defeated Greece to promotion back in 2020 by going unbeaten throughout six group games, playing in League B was always going to be a challenge. However, after losing both last weekend and to Sweden at home in Ljubljana, relegation could already be on the cards.
Although Norwary’s chances of opening the season with three straight victories were lengthy even before the action got underway last week, they have already defeated some formidable opponents and will be hard-pressed to falter at home this time around. Slovenia’s defence is fragile, but the Lions have only given up one goal in their last four games, so they’ll take a commanding lead into Sweden’s visit on Sunday.