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Friendly International: Estonia vs Norway preview

Kick-off: Thursday, 24 March @17:00 GMT

Venue: A. Le Coq Arena (Talinn)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Norway vs Estonia 0-1 (2014 Friendly International)
Estonia vs Norway 1-2 (2005 Friendly International)
Estonia vs Norway 3-3 (1999 Friendly International)
Norway vs Estonia 7-0 (1995 Friendly International)

Estonia vs Norway prediction

Norway will be aiming to get their revenge on Estonia for a 1-0 loss in the 2014 international friendly when the two teams take on each other at A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn on Thursday evening.

Good form

Estonia failed to make it to the 2016 European Championship finals, but the team have been producing fine performances in warm-up games. The Blueshirts aim to prepare in the best possible way for the WC qualifiers and they will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to four games when they take on Norway at A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn. Following back-to-back wins over Georgia and St. Kitts and Nevis, Magnus Pehrsson’s team shared the spoils with Sweden in their last friendly match, meaning that they are capable of grabbing something from Thursday’s clash against Norway. Estonia defeated Norway in a friendly two years ago and that is surely giving the fans a reason for optimism ahead of Thursday’s game. Anyhow, the Estonians will use this match as a good test for the upcoming Baltic Cup.

Albert Prosa came as a substitute and scored in the 1-1 draw with Sweden and he is widely expected to return to the starting line-up. The likes of Frolov, Sappinen and Jurgenson are pushing for a start as well. Important attacker Zenjov returns to contention and he should lead the line for the hosts against Norway.

First warm-up game

After missing out on a place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Norway failed to qualify for the 2016 European Championship finals as well. The Nordic side were not at the top of their game in the decisive matches and, as a result, they will not take part at the showpiece tournament in France. Norway suffered back-to-back defeats to Hungary in the Euro 2016 play-offs and it has to be noted that they are on a three-game losing run ahead of the trip to Estonia. Per-Mathias Hogmo’s men are eager to get their revenge on the Estonians for the 1-0 loss in their last meeting and no doubt the visitors will take Thursday’s match very seriously. Seeing that Bournemouth attacker Joshua King misses the match, Saint Etienne striker Alexander Soderlund is likely to be deployed up front as a lone forward.

Hull City’s Adama Diomande is likely to start the match, which would be his second cap, but Joshua King and Omar Elabdellaoui are both sidelined with injuries. Coach Per-Mathias Hogmo has no other selection worries ahead of the Estonia game.

Quick Facts

  • Norway failed to keep a clean sheet in last three games
  • Estonia managed to keep two clean sheets in last three home fixtures
  • Norwegians scored 1+ goals in each of their last five away matches
  • Back in 1995 Norway demolished Estonia 7-0 in a friendly game
  • Vassiljev scored the winner for Estonia against Norway in the 2014 friendly

Estonia vs Norway betting tip

Estonia have been in a fine form of late and seeing that they have been impressive at the back in recent friendly matches, I do not believe that we will see goals galore in Tallinn. Norway will be without important attacker Joshua King in Thursday’s friendly, meaning that there is a big value in betting on under 2.5 goals. In their last meeting on the international stage no more than one goal was scored.

Tip: Under 2.5 goals

Odds: 1.50 (1/2) @Betfair

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