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Norway vs Northern Ireland betting tips: UEFA Women's Euro 2022 preview, predictions and odds


Norway have won 11 of their last 17 opening matches at major tournaments, but haven't done so at a European Championships for 21 years. When they met Northern Ireland in qualifying for this tournament, the Grasshoppers won 6-0 both times, meaning they've now won five successive encounters. 

Norway to win and over 2.5 goals is 3/10.

Norway to win and over 3.5 goals is 4/5.

Norway to win, over 3.5 goals and both teams to score NO is 2/1.

Ada Hegerberg has scored 42 international goals, against 22 different opponents. She is 11/5 to break the deadlock and 4/11 to add Northern Ireland to this list. 

Match preview

An historic occasion for Northern Ireland, who will make their major tournament debut, but they could hardly be up against a tougher opponent.

Back in April last year, the Green and White Army booked their ticket to this tournament, ousting Ukraine 4-1 in the play-offs.

This is a remarkable achievement with, even now, Northern Ireland sat 47th in the world; the next-lowest ranked side at this tournament is Portugal in 30th.

To further emphasis the gulf that they'll be looking to bridge, the IFA announced in September that the squad would turn full-time, paid for by this competition.

With the majority of the squad based domestically, this has been life-changing for nearly all the players.

Back on the pitch, Northern Ireland are fully expected to finish rock bottom of this group, probably without any points at all.

Norway meanwhile have far lofty ambitions, seeking to regain the the trophy they lifted in 1987 and 1993.

As well as that double-Euro success, the Grasshoppers were World Cup Champions in 1995, before claiming Olympic Gold Medals five years later.

However, since being Euro runner-up nine summers ago, they've got no further than the quarter-finals of any tournament.

In fact, at the last European Championships, they finished dead-last in their group, without a single point or even a goal to their name.

Martin Sjögren's side are certainly aiming for better this time round, first and foremost looking to make sure they get to the knockout stages.

Will Norway cruise to victory at St Mary's?

Norway team news

All the talk around Norway has been about Ada Hegerberg who is back.

She boycotted the last World Cup, due to an ongoing dispute with the NFF, also missing 21 months of club football due to a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.

Back in October, she returned to action with Olympique Lyonnais, making her national team return earlier this year against Kosovo.

In this one, she'll be confident of bagging her first major tournament goal since a brace against Côte d'Ivoire in Moncton over seven years ago.

Her partner in crime in attack will be Caroline Graham Hansen who's actually now surpassed Hegerberg for international goals with 43.

Guro Pettersen will continue to get the nod in goal, winning just her fourth cap.

Meanwhile, Chelsea centre-back Maren Mjelde will captain the side, making her 154th appearance for her country.

Northern Ireland team news

Kenny Shiels' side are likely to be on the back-foot for the vast majority of this match, making a 5-4-1 formation highly likely.

37 year old Julie Nelson will win her 126th cap at the back and will need to be on top for if her team have any chance in this match.

Rachel Furness will be their key cog in midfield; she helped Liverpool win the FA Women's Championship title this season.

If the Green and White Army are to score at this tournament, Simone Magill is most likely to do so.

She's netted 21 times for her country, including one in the play-off victory over Ukraine.

UEFA Women's Euro 2022 Group A table:

Related article: Euro 2022: Everything you need to know ahead of the tournament

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Ben Gray

Ben Gray

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