Betting Tips: Norway – Nigeria
Statistics, Prediction and Betting Tip with the best odds for the Women's World Cup 2019 game between Norway and Nigeria. In-depth analysis with head-to-head comparison and current performance from the football expert.
Norway vs Nigeria | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
Saturday’s football game at Stade-Auguste-Delaune II pits together Norway and Nigeria, who face each other in the opening match of their 2019 World Cup campaign. Norway are no longer considered favourites to win the trophy, but they are definitely capable of beating Nigeria at the start of the showpiece tournament in France. Anyhow, the Super Falcons will fight tooth and nail in the clash against the Scandinavians.
Match Preview Norway vs Nigeria
Norway will be looking to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to New Zealand in their penultimate warm-up game when they take on Nigeria in their 2019 World Cup opener. The African side are eager to shock the Lions, but they will have a big fish to fry in Saturday’s encounter.
Norway finished the 2019 Women’s World Cup in top position in Group C, two points clear of second-placed Netherlands. The Lions did well to beat the likes of Denmark, China and Poland at the 2019 Algavre Cup, but they suffered a 1-0 loss to New Zealand in their last friendly match. The bad news for Norway fans is that Ada Hegerberg will not represent the national team at the upcoming tournament in France. Hegerberg has been scoring goals for fun with Olympique Lyon this term, but she doesn’t like how women’s soccer is treated in Norway and, as a result, she does not want to play for the national team anymore. In Hegerberg’s absence a woman to watch in Isabell Herlovsen, who has netted 55 goals for Norway to date. The 30-year-old attacker scored two goals for Norway at the 2015 World Cup in Canada and she is likely to prove a handful for Nigeria defenders.
The Super Falcons participated at each of previous seven Women’s World Cup finals. Nigeria failed to book their place in the last 16 at the 2015 tournament and, no doubt, they are determined to advance to the knockout stages this time out. Thomas Dennerby’s charges were having their ups and downs at Cyprus Women’s Cup in March, with the team struggling at the back. Nigeria are considered big underdogs in their World Cup opener against Norway and we are positive that Thomas Dennerby’s women are going to adopt a defence-minded approach in the Stade-Auguste-Delaune II clash. Barcelona ace Asisat Oshoala is regarded as one of the team’s key players, meaning that the opposition defenders should have her at bay.
Norway vs Nigeria | Latest Team News
Aforementioned Norway superstar Ada Hegerberger will be sorely missed at the 2019 World Cup. Andrine Hegerberg is absent from the squad as well, but the likes of Marej Mjelde and Caroline Graham Hansen made the cut. Nigeria coach Thomas Dennerby has no fresh injury worries ahead of the Norway game and he is likely to field the best possible side.
Head to Head Norway vs Nigeria
In their first ever meeting, at the 1995 Women’s World Cup, Norway hammered Nigeria 8-0 and five years later the Scandinavians repeated the success. That time out the Norwegians outplayed the Nigerians 3-0 at the Olympics, meaning that the Super Falcons are hungry for revenge.
Norway vs Nigeria | Odds and Predictions
Over the years Norway have established themselves as one of the best teams in women football and despite the fact that Golden Ball winner Ada Hegerberg will not play at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, bookies see the Lions as hot favourites to win Saturday’s match. Norway are 1.17 to win the opener, whilst Nigeria’s triumph is priced 15.00.
Expert Betting Tip
Nigeria were scoring goals for fun at the Cyprus Women’s Cup, but their defence looked pretty shaky at the tournament. The Super Falcons have slim chances of grabbing something from their World Cup opener, but seeing that Norway failed to keep a clean sheet in five of their last six games, we predict that the African team will find the net in the Stade Auguste-Delaune II clash. Anyhow, Martin Sjogren’s troops aim to go all the way at the 2019 Women’s World Cup finals and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. A real football festival is on the horizon in Reims and we believe that Norway are going to emerge triumphant in their opener.