Norway and the Czech Republic are still hoping to reach second place in Group C of European World Cup qualifying and make the 2018 tournament in Russia via the playoffs. The two nations will be battling it out at the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo, Norway this Saturday, June 10th. Germany leads Group C with 15 points followed by Northern Ireland with 10. The Czech Republic is in third place with eight points with Azerbaijan next at seven, Norway with three points and San Marino sits in last place with no points.
Norway vs Czech Republic – bet365 World Cup Qualifying Odds:
- bet365 currently lists Norway as the favorites to win the game at 8/5 with the Czech Republic 19/10 and a draw at 2/1
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World Cup Qualifying Odds – Norway vs Czech Republic Head to Head:
- These two teams last met on November 11th in a World Cup qualifier and played to a 1-1 draw in the Czech Republic. The two sides have met just seven times in the past since the Czech Republic became an independent nation with the Czech Republic winning four, losing one and drawing the other two. They’ve also outscored Norway 9-7. Norway is unbeaten in the last three meetings with the last two ending in draws and the other being a Norwegian victory. Norway’s last loss was in November, 2005.
Norway – A Closer Look:
Norway enters the match in fifth place in the six-team group with just three points. They have one win and four losses with five goals scored and nine allowed. The team is currently ranked number 86 in the world by FIFA with their highest ever ranking being number two back in October of 1993 and in July and August of 1995. Norway has just one win in their past five games along with four defeats. Their last outing was a 2-0 away loss to Northern Ireland in a World Cup qualifier in March.
Norway is currently managed by Lars Lagerback of Sweden with Stefan Johansen as the team’s captain. The team made its debut in 1908 and has appeared in three previous World Cup tournaments with the last time being in 1998. Their best showing was the round-of-16 back in 1998. They’ve also appeared in one European Championship and didn’t make it out of the group stage in 2000. The Norwegians managed to win a bronze medal at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.
Czech Republic – A Closer Look:
The Czech Republic enters the contest in third place in Group C. They have two wins, two draws and a loss with eight goals scored and four conceded. The Czech Republic squad is currently ranked 46th in the world by FIFA with their highest ever ranking being number two on several occasions in 1999, 2000, 2005 and 2006. The team previously played as Czechoslovakia until the nation split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The Czech Republic has two wins, two draws and a loss in their last five games. Their last contest was a 6-0 away thumping over San Marino in a World Cup qualifier in March. The team is managed by Karel Jarolim with Tomas Rosciky as its captain. The Czech Republic/Czechoslovakia has appeared in nine World Cups up to now with their best showing being as runners up in both 1934 and 1962. They’ve also played in nine European Championships and won the tournament in 1976.
World Cup Qualifying Odds – Norway vs Czech Republic Takeaway:
Norway has to win this game or they’ll have no hope of reaching second place in Group C. There are nine European groups of six teams with the group winners automatically qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The eight second-place teams with the best records will enter a two-game playoff series.
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