Always a First Time
Believe it or not, this will be the first time that Sweden and Norway collide in an official competition. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to watch the long-awaited duel between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Erling Haaland because the Swedish star is out due to injury.
Nevertheless, with first place on the line, it’s expected to be a back-and-forth battle. The visitors are offering a +305 price in the soccer picks and parlays. Not bad considering they opened the UEFA Nations League with a stunner on the road.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports and UEFA Nations League odds for Sweden vs Norway. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Sweden: No Zlatan, No Problem
Sweden started on the right foot thanks to a 2-0 victory over Slovenia. Emil Forsberg opened the can from the penalty spot prior to the end of the first half. Dejan Kulusevski sealed the deal when there were only two minutes left in the game. Right now, Sweden sits in first place due to having scored more goals.
With Ibrahimovic out, manager Janne Andersson trusted Alexander Isak to command the attacking unit. Isak couldn’t score but did a great job creating spaces for Kulusevski and Viktor Claesson.
Defensively, the team responded very well despite Victor Lindelof’s absence. According to Andersson, Manchester United’s central defender has reoccurring injury issues that need healing. Fortunately for the Blue and Yellow, Carl Starfelt took his place in the starting lineup and met expectations.
The home side comes in as the soccer betting favorite thanks to a +105 price. Considering they won their last five home games with a 10-2 aggregate, that’s a pretty good deal. And that’s not all: They’ve scored in 13 consecutive home games. If you wager $100 and they fulfill their role, your payout would be $205.
Norway: In Haaland They Trust
Norway’s case with Haaland reminds me a lot of Ukraine and Andriy Shevchenko. Top-class striker playing for a powerhouse and breaking all kinds of records. Therefore, everyone expects the same when it comes to the national team.
Well, Shevchenko managed to lead Ukraine to a World Cup. Haaland has not yet, but he’s only 21 years old. In the meantime, he’ll try to lead Norway to the UNL League A.
The Lions also started on the right foot after defeating Serbia 1-0. Of course, Haaland scored the lone goal. Goalkeeper Orjan Nyland also deserves a lot of credit as Serbia won possession with 67 percent and finished with five shots on target.
Besides Haaland, Norway’s hopes are also pinned on Martin Odegaard. The 23-year-old midfielder plays for Arsenal and is very talented, but he lacks Haaland’s confidence. There’s also Alexander Sorloth, a striker who plays for Real Sociedad. The thing is that Norway usually plays 4-5-1, meaning Haaland plays alone up front. In other words, Sorloth is a very good plan B.
As mentioned before, Norway comes in as the online gambling underdog at +305. Nothing new for the Lions as they were offering a +260 price to defeat Serbia. Plus, they’re 3-1-1 in their last five games on the road. They scored in four of those games and finished with a clean sheet three times.
Sweden vs Norway Head-to-Head
The only registered meeting between these two is a friendly match in 1981. Curiously enough, the game was in Finland and Sweden won 4-2. Hey, it never hurts to learn a bit of history.
Sweden vs Norway Game Information
- Date: Sunday
- Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
- Location: Friends Arena, Stockholm
- Sweden vs Norway Live Stream: fuboTV
Sweden vs Norway Betting Lines
Sweden vs Norway Prediction
After failing to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, both are taking the UNL very seriously. Sweden deserves to control the odds board, but Norway will be a much more complicated opponent than Slovenia. Starfelt isn’t used to facing top-class strikers such as Haaland. Plus, Norway scored in 12 of its last 14 games when playing away from home. Therefore, today soccer prediction is a highly entertaining draw.
Score Prediction: Sweden 2, Norway 2