Sports Innovation previews the World Cup qualifier between Netherlands and Norway and offers team stats and betting tips with the latest odds.
The Netherlands and Norway square off in Rotterdam on Tuesday for a decisive clash in their respective World Cup qualifying campaigns.
While their manager, Louis van Gaal, struggles with a hip injury, the Netherlands squad itself has a clean bill of health. The Oranje need a home win in order to secure their status as Group G winners. Doing so will secure an automatic spot in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.
Sitting two places and two points behind the three-time World Cup finalists is Norway. The Lions, like their opponents, must win to stand any chance of booking an automatic spot or reaching the playoffs. They’re currently level on 18 points with Turkey, but behind the second-placed side on an inferior goal difference.
Facts and figures for Netherlands vs Norway in World Cup.
- Netherlands unbeaten the last 8 matches in a row;
- Netherlands has won the last 7 matches in a row at home;
- Netherlands has won in the last 4 of 5 matches;
- Netherlands has won in the last 8 of 9 matches at home.
- Norway unbeaten the last 7 matches in a row;
- Norway unbeaten the last 5 matches in a row when playing away;
- Norway has won in the last 4 of 5 matches when playing away;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Norway’s last 6 of 8 matches.
Current form — Netherlands vs Norway
The Oranje out to continue excellent form
The Netherlands will be out to extend their fine run of results lately. Louis van Gaal’s side look well suited to take on any opponent at the moment, as their last 3 matches saw them gain 7 points. They ran out 1-0 and 6-0 against Latvia and Gibraltar respectively. Their winning streak came to an end against Montenegro, who claimed a point in a 2-2 draw.
The Lions seek a return to winning ways
Norway hope to get back to winning ways for arguably one of their most important matches of the last decade. In their last 3 matches, Ståle Solbakken’s side drew 1-1 with Turkey before cruising to a 2-0 win over Montenegro. They were held to a 1-1 draw against Latvia last time out.
Netherlands vs Norway — fixture history
The last time these teams played each other, the game finished with a 1-1 scoreline.
The Netherlands have been able to win 75% of their last 4 encounters against Norway in the World Cup. In other words, they have a 3-1-0 recent record, with the latter winning 0% of the matches.
Current table in the World Cup
Memphis Depay is clearly the Netherlands’ go-to guy for goals at the time with an impressive nine goals to his name in six games.
As Erling Haaland is still injured, Norway may turn to Mohamed Elyounoussi for goals in the striker’s absence.