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Norway vs Iceland preview

Kick off: Wednesday, 1 June @18:45 GMT

Venue: Ullevaal Stadion (Oslo)

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

Head to Head Record

Norway vs Iceland 1-1 (2014 World Cup qualifiers)
Iceland vs Norway 2-0 (2014 World Cup qualifiers)
Norway vs Iceland 1-0 (Euro 2012 qualifiers)
Iceland vs Norway 1-2 (Euro 2012 qualifiers)
Iceland vs Norway 1-1 (2010 World Cup qualifiers)

Norway vs Iceland Team News

Four uncapped players have been included in Norway squad for Iceland friendly: Martin Samuelsen, Ruben Gabrielsen, Jonas Svensson and Ulrik Yttegard Jenssen. The likes of Tarik Elyounoussi, Alexander Soderlund, Alexander Tettey, Per Cijan Skjelbred and Tom Hogli all miss out, while Marcus Pedersen suffered an injury and he is definitely out of contention. Goalkeeper Rune Almenning Jarstein is sidelined with a shoulder injury, whereas Joshua King is likely to keep his place up front. Martin Odegaard misses the match due to club commitments.

Injured: Marcus Pedersen, Rune Almenning Jarstein

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Experienced striker Eidur Gudjohnsen is in Iceland Euro 2016 squad, with the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Aron Einar Gunnarson making the cut as well. However, the Cardiff City footballer misses the Norway game with injury. The likes of Birkir Mar Sævarsson, Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson, Hjörtur Hermannsson, Kári Árnason and Halldorsson are all likely to be rested against Norway, whilst Kolbein Sightorsson remains in the treatment room.

Injured: Kolbein Sightorsson, Aron Einar Gunnarson

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Quick Facts

  • Under 2.5 goals were scored in four of last five meetings between Norway and Iceland
  • Norway managed to keep a clean sheet in five of their last six home matches
  • Over 2.5 goals were netted in Iceland’s last four games
  • Under 2.5 goals were netted in Norway’s last seven matches at home
  • Iceland failed to keep a clean sheet in previous four friendly games

Norway vs Iceland Prediction

Iceland continue their preparations for Euro 2016 finals and, no doubt, Lars Lagerback’s troops will take Wednesday’s game against Norway very seriously. The Norwegians head into the game with a severely-weakened squad and considering that the Icelanders outplayed Greece in their last warm-up game, I believe that there is a certain value in betting on the visitors this time out.

Betting Tip: Iceland not to lose

Odds: 1.60 (3/5) @bet365

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