The UEFA Nations League is back in action this weekend as Norway take on Romania in a League B fixture this Sunday. Both teams have endured a mixed year as far as results are concerned and will want to pick up a victory in this fixture.
Norway suffered a heartbreaking defeat against Serbia earlier this week and failed to qualify for Euro 2021. The Norwegians will want to bounce back in emphatic fashion and prove a point against Romania.
Romania are currently on top of their group in the UEFA Nations League and have plenty of work to do to maintain their excellent record in this edition of the competition. The Romanians are yet to lose a match in the UEFA Nations League this season and will want to maintain their record in this game.
Norway vs Romania Head-to-Head
Romania have a marginally superior record against Norway and have four out of 13 matches played between the two sides. A remarkable seven draws have taken place between the two sides with Norway managing only two victories in the history of the fixture.
The previous meeting between the two sides in 2019 resulted in a 1-1 stalemate with goals from Alexandru Mitrita and Alexander Sorloth. Norway have found plenty of new talent this year, however, and might be able to trouble Romania in this game.
Norway form guide: L-W-L-W-W
Romania form guide: L-W-D-L-L
Norway vs Romania Team News
Norway will have to do without second-choice goalkeeper Orjan Nyland going into this game. The Norwegians have a lethal attacking combination and the likes of Erling Haaland and Alexander Sorloth will have to step up to the plate in this game.
Injured: Orjan Nyland
Romania will have to deal with the absence of a few key players in this game. Florin Andone, Florinel Coman, and Vlad Chiriches are injured and have been ruled out of this fixture.
Injured: Florin Andone, Florinel Coman, Vlad Chiriches
Norway vs Romania Predicted XI
Norway Predicted XI (4-4-2): Rune Jarstein; Haitam Aleesami, Kristoffer Ajer, Tore Reginiussen, Omar Elabdellaoui; Mohamed Elyounoussi, Mathias Normann, Markus Henrikson, Stefan Johansen; Alexander Sorloth, Erling Haaland
Romania Predicted XI (4-3-3): Ciprian Tatarusanu; Nicusor Bancu, Alin Tosca, Dragos Grigore, Andrei Burca; Nicolae Stanciu, Alexandru Cretu, Alexandru Maxim; Gabriel Iancu, Denis Alibec, Ciprian Deac
Norway vs Romania Prediction
Norway will have to recover from their Euro qualification heartbreak and prove a point in this game. Romania have troubled some of the elite teams in Europe in the past and will present a stern challenge.
Norway have one of the most promising strikers in the world in Erling Haaland and the Borussia Dortmund star may well prove to be the trump card in this fixture. Haaland has singlehandedly won games for Norway in the past and can potentially take it up a notch in this match.
Prediction: Norway 2-1 Romania
Published 09 Oct 2020, 15:26 IST