Norway vs Panama
Competition: International friendly
Date: 6 June 2018
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
“Wow” is a fitting word to use, sharing my impression when I saw how Norway did against Iceland a few days ago. They had beaten (actually destroyed) Australia and Albania back in March, but beating World Cup finalists Iceland in Reykjavik was really… “wow”. Plus, they did so not… “stealing” the game, 0-1, scoring a lucky goal, parking two buses in front of their goal for 90 minutes, but they won 2-3, taking the lead early on, going 2-1 down, and then scoring twice in the last 10 minutes(!). This is not the best generation of Norwegian footballers, but credit where credit is due, they have won three friendly matches in a row, and two of those were against teams that will be in Russia in a few days.
“Under 2.5 goals”, “no” on “both teams to score”, and last but not least, “under 1.5” (2.60) were my three tips when Panama hosted Northern Ireland last week, and all came good, as the Central Americans got stuck to a goalless draw in front of their own fans. They have now scored just two goals in their last five games, sort of verifying those who claim that scoring will be their biggest issue in Russia. They are about to face Belgium, England and Tunisia, their mission in the finals is either way very hard, but if they don’t sort things out offensively, they risk getting seriously embarrassed, not just eliminated early.
Previous five matches:
Iceland vs Norway 2-3
Albania vs Norway 0-1
Norway vs Australia 4-1
Slovakia vs Norway 1-0
FYROM vs Norway 2-0
Panama vs Northern Ireland 0-0
Trinidad & Tobago vs Panama 0-1
Switzerland vs Panama 6-0
Denmark vs Panama 1-0
Wales vs Panama 1-1
Norway’s next game is in September. Panama are facing Belgium on June 18, their first match in the World Cup finals group stage.
Norway vs Panama: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
Norway vs Panama: Prediction
The game is held in Oslo, so Norway are really hosts, this is not a neutral venue. They have been awesome lately, but Panama’s defense is usually a very tough nut to break. I’m leaving winners and losers aside, I’m focusing on goals instead.
Norway vs Panama: Betting Tips
I’ll be surprised if this game has more than two goals, but “under 2.5” pays just 1.57. I would risk with “under 1.5”, at 2.75. “No” on “both teams to score” is at 1.66.