Norway v England betting
Norway missed out on Euro 2012 qualification after finishing third in their group, behind Portugal only on goal difference. Despite their side containing some talented footballers that have made their mark in England, the absence of goals is what ultimately cost them. Throughout qualifying, they averaged just over 1 goal a game and none of their players managed to score more than 2 goals. Despite this, Norway are only slight outsiders, and are best priced at 3.6 with Coral to get the win against England. Striker Mohammed Abdellaoue is expected to start the game for Norway, and the forward is looking good at 9.0 with Paddy power to score the opening goal on Saturday. Norway’s 8 games in qualifying brought an average of 2.1 goals per game, so betting on under 2.5 goals in this game should bring a small return with 1.8 available from Stan James.
Norway vs England odds
Roy Hodgson’s first game in charge should give a small indication into his tactics and possible formations going into Euro 2012. England are firm favourites to win the game, and are best priced as short as 2.1 with Ladbrokes. After suffering defeat in their last game against Holland, Hodgson will be eager to get his reign off to a solid start, and to get back to winning ways. Before the Holland result England had beaten Sweden and Spain both 1-0. So betting on another clean sheet, and another 1-0 win here is looking good with 7.8 available from Betfair. Wayne Rooney is unlikely to start the game, as he faces up to missing the first 2 games of the tournament through suspension, and Danny Welbeck also appears to be nursing an injury. With this in mind, Andy Carroll could start the game up front, and could be a good choice at 3.1 with Bet365 to score at any time during the game.
England will be looking for the right blend between performance and result when they face Norway, whilst mindful that the former is more important than the latter. So a solid 1-0 is looking like a safe option when opting for a correct score bet. Andy Carroll is an obvious choice for a goal scorer, but it may also be worth looking at Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlian, the young winger has had a great season for Arsenal and has shown his pace and finishing for the under 21’s.
1-0 England – 7.5 Betfred
Andy Carroll anytime scorer – 3.1 Bet265
Under 2.5 goals – 1.8 Stan James
Mohammed Abdellaoue first scorer – 9.0 Paddy Power
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