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Euro 2016 Qualifiers: Italy vs Norway preview

Kick off: 13 October 19:45 CET

Venue: Stadio Olimpico (Rome, Italy)

Head to head record

Norway vs Italy 0-2 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Norway vs Italy 0-0 (2006 World Cup qualifier)
Italy vs Norway 2-1 (2006 World Cup qualifier)
Norway vs Italy 1-0 (International friendly)
Italy vs Norway 0-0 (International friendly)

Italy

Last 5 matches

Azerbaijan vs Italy 1-3 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Italy vs Bulgaria 1-0 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Italy vs Malta 1-0 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Italy vs Portugal 0-1 (International friendly)
Croatia vs Italy 1-1 (Euro 2016 qualifier)

Team News

Daniele De Rossi did not even make the squad due to suspension, whereas Lorenzo Insigne and Domenico Berardi both had to withdraw after suffering injuries.

Veteran midfielder Andrea Pirlo missed the 3-1 win over Azerbaijan through a muscle problem, and he remains a major doubt for the final Euro 2016 qualifier against Norway.

Marco Verratti also skipped training this week as he battles a calf problem, but the Paris Saint-Germain hotshot should be fit to face the Nordic side on Tuesday evening.

Update: Pirlo, Verratti, Parolo are all out of contention.

Probable starting line-up (4-4-2): Buffon – Darmian, Bonucci, Chiellini, De Sciglio – Candreva, Montolivo, Soriano, El Shaarawy – Pelle, Eder.

Italy to win and both teams to score is available at 4/1 special price.

Norway

Last 5 matches

Norway vs Malta 2-0 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Norway vs Croatia 2-0 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Bulgaria vs Norway 0-1 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Norway vs Azerbaijan 0-0 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Norway vs Sweden 0-0 (International friendly)

Team News

There were no major surprises in the Norway squad for matches against Malta and Italy, with Hull City forward Adama Diomande (1/0) missing through injury, and Tarik Elyounoussi (39/9) and Mohammed Abdellaoue (33/7) again overlooked.

Coach Per-Mathias Hogmo did experience some problems in the build up to the penultimate qualifier vs Malta, with Pal Andre Helland (2/0) and Tom Hogli (48/2) withdrawing from the squad.

Important midfielder Per-Ciljan Skjelbred (35/1) suffered an ankle injury on Saturday and he is now rated doubtful for the Italy game, with Real Madrid wonderkid Martin Odegaard (7/0) ready to deputize if needed.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Nyland – O. Elabdellaoui, Hovland, Forren, Aleesami – Tettey, Johansen – Skjelbred, Henriksen, Berget – Soderlund.

Interesting Facts

*Norway will qualify for Euro 2016 with any win. Away triumph is available at 4.75 (15/4).

*Italy need a win to stand any chance of being seeded for the Euro 2016 group stage draw. Home win pays 1.85 (17/20).

*Norway’s last five matched ended without both teams scoring. “Both teams to score – no” market is 1.75 (3/4).

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