The European Championships 2020 qualification campaign gets underway this week with one of the favourites for the competition next year – Spain – playing host to outsiders Norway in their opening encounter. The 2008 and 2012 winners are strong favourites for this encounter.
Where and when: Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia – 23 March, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Spain vs. Norway: William Hill, Sky Sports
Last time: Spain ran out comfortable 3-0 victors in Norway the last time the two sides met in November 2003, when Raul Gonzalez was among the scorers. Norway did secure a memorable 1-0 triumph over Spain in the Euro 2000 finals, thanks to a goal from striker Steffen Iverson.
|Under 2.5 goals||6/4||Offer|
|Spain to win both halves||6/5||Offer|
|Norway double chance||4/1||Offer|
Spain vs. Norway Predictions and Preview
Spain have suffered a disappointing year following on from a chaotic World as they also failed to reach the inaugural UEFA Nations League finals.
Luis Enrique’s side secured an impressive 2-1 win away in England and 6-0 thrashing at home to Croatia but their campaign fell apart with a 3-2 loss at home to England before losing by the same score line in Croatia.
Norway have failed to qualify for a major tournament since the 2000 European Championships (nine failures in a row) but enter this game with just one defeat in their last ten matches and are eyeing a place in next year’s finals.
One to watch for Spain: Alvaro Morata has not scored in his last seven international appearances but is revitalised since joining Atletico Madrid on a long-term loan deal from Chelsea – scoring three in his last five outings. He is at 8/13 to find the net here.
One to watch for Norway: Joshua King is the main dangerman for the visitors, having netted 41 goals in England’s top flight since Bournemouth’s promotion in 2015. With seven strikes in his last 12 international appearances, 7/2 appears to offer value.
Long shot: Norway have conceded just two goals across their last seven games while Spain needed a late winner to beat Bosnia last time out. Odds of this game to finish scoreless are at 18/1.