NEW GREETING. Luis Enrique surprised with vocations strongly. Four absolute debutants appeared in the squad in such players as Sergi Gomez, Sergio Canales, Jaime Mata and Fabian Ruiz (he will not play for health reasons). The new team is expected to return to the successes that were in Spain on the agenda in 2008-2012, when they won the Euro twice and once for the World Cup. However, the last three tournaments are a maximum of 1/8 finals, which was and still is a big failure.
- Spain – Sergio Ramos is the only player who played in the 2008 European Championships. Jesus Navas and Sergio Busquets triumphed in the World Cup 2010, and winning the Euro 2012 has Jordi Alba. Only these four players remained from the golden age of the Spanish football. The other nineteen players appointed for the upcoming matches are hungry for success. Before the first qualifying meeting, the Spanish coach said: We had three tournaments in which we did not achieve the goals we were looking for. There are few players left who have won titles with Spain and now we want to get new ones. However, winning titles is difficult. If we compare to the team that won the two European Championships and the World Cup, we would lose.
- Norway – from Euro 2002, the Norwegian national team did not play at the big tournament. Lars Lagerback is supposed to change it. From February 2017, he took over the team in this team. Norway under his leadership won the League of Nations League C, but they did not have too demanding rivals there (Cyprus, Bulgaria and Slovenia). Before the Saturday meeting, the Norwegian coach said: I think that these Spanish players are better than those from 2008, because football has evolved. That’s why these players are better. Spain is definitely the favorite. We are sure that we will play well in a difficult test. We know the way Spain has been playing for years.
Forecast: from 27 previous meetings in front of their own audience as part of the qualification for the European Championships, the Spaniards have won as many as 26 of them, including seventeen last! The Norwegians seem to be solidly present in recent months (1 defeat in 10 matches), but their opponents are not knocked down. However, if we look at their results in qualifying away games, we see a much worse picture of them. In the qualification for the World Cup, in the delegations they lost 5 out of 6 matches, and the only triumph is the match against San Marino. In the qualification they lost the last two matches away. I hope that a new hand of players from Spain will want to show that the failure in recent tournaments and the last League of Nations (only second place in the group with England and Croatia) is a thing of the past. I expect their triumph, but in small sizes. Proposed types for this match: under 3.5 goals (odds 1.64) / victory Spain and under 3.5 goals (odds 2.05).