World Cup Qualification Europe - Norway vs Germany

World Cup Qualification

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Published: 02/09/2016

World Cup Qualification Europe - Norway vs Germany

September 04, 2016 19:45pm - Ullevaal Stadion

World Cup Qualification - Group C

Germany will begin the defence of their World Cup crown when they make the trip north to face Group C rivals Norway at the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo on Sunday night.

World champs looking to bounce back after premature Euro exit

With the World Cup winners no longer given a free pass to the subsequent tournament, Germany must take part in a full qualifying campaign in order to book their place at the next edition to be held in Russia in 2018.

First up for the World champions will be an away match against a Norway side who have not played a competitive match since last November. The 50th ranked team in the world failed to qualify for Euro 2016 and have had to make do with a schedule of friendly matches this calendar year. Per-Mathias Høgmo’s men were 1-0 beaten at home by Belarus in their last fixture.

Germany made it to the semi-finals of the European Championships in France where they were beaten 2-0 by the hosts at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille. Despite making the last four, the Germans were disappointed with their overall performance, especially in the showdown with France.

Germany will be favourites to top a group that also contains Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Azerbaijan, and San Marino. With only one qualifying place guaranteed, anything less than a first place finish would be disastrous for coach Joachim Low.

Norway possible starting XI: Nyland Svensson, Hovland, Linnes, Aleesami Henriksen, Skjelbred, Johansen Berisha, King, Diomande

Germany possible starting XI: Neuer Kimmich, Boateng, Howedes, Hector Can, Sané Özil, Kroos, Draxler Müller

Recent form (All competitions)

Norway: LLWLW

Germany: WLWWW

Betting odds and tips

Norway`s uninspiring results in their recent friendly matches and their lack of competitive action could cost them in this game. The visitors can be expected to win this one fairly comfortably.

You can back Germany -1 in the Asian Handicap market at 9/10 with Bet365.

By Neil Morris

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