Europe – World Cup – Qualification
Date: Wednesday, 24 March 2021
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar
Gibraltar are on a high as they go into this game with a historic record of four consecutive unbeaten games in their footballing history winning 2 and drawing to of those four games. It is immaterial who the oppositions were in those games as this fact will always be on record. It will be a different kettle of fish as they come against an opposition ranked in FIFA’s top 100 best team in the world in the guise of Norway.
Norway will be more than happy to start their WCQ campaign against a team that has never beaten them before now in any competition as they seek a first World Cup appearance since 1998. Just two losses within 90 minutes across their last 16 games (W7, D7, L2) proves they travel here in good form, a run that includes three handicap-beating wins from four fixtures against teams ranked outside of FIFA’s top 100 of which their present opposition is a part of.
Although even with the prodigiously talented Erling Haaland, Norway have not been scoring lots of goals away in recent times, netting over 1.5 goals in just four of their last 11 competitive away outings (W4, D4, L3). Notably though, three of those were against teams ranked 100 or worse.
Gibraltar have scored in four straight home games (W1, D1, L2), one of which was against #16 ranked Switzerland. They have also conceded the opener by the 15th minute in their last five defeats.
Players to watch include Graeme Torilla who was the last Gibraltar player to score at home, but has picked up a yellow card in his last two competitive international games. Erling Haaland would be look to improve his record of six goals from seven caps on international duty.
- Gibraltar’s form in last 5 matches: DDLWL.
- Norway’s form in last 5 matches: DLWWL.
PREDICTION: Away and Over 1.5