Both missed out on World Cup qualification, meaning both are doubly determined to be invited to the Euro 2024 party.
Norway ended up third in their qualifying section, below Netherlands and Türkiye, so their wait for a first major tournament since Euro 2000 goes on.
Then, earlier this year, despite six goals in six games from Erling Braut Håland, they missed out on Nations League promotion, beaten by Serbia in Oslo back in September.
If Ståle Solbakken are going to reach the next Euros, chances are, their head-to-heads with Scotland will be key, the first of which is in June.
Republic of Ireland meantime have been handed a nightmare Euro qualifying draw; they’ll meet Holland, France and Greece!
Just as well Stephen Kenny’s team have won their last two home games, smashing the Scots 3-0 before beating Armenia 3-2 last time out.
The Boys in Green are starting to find some form, which they’ll certainly need to continue in 2023.
Will Norway burst the growing bubble of optimism in Dublin?