Norway vs. Turkey Preview: Can Both Teams Score?

By Martin Green26 March 2021
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Norway striker Erling Haaland

A bet on both teams to score looks tempting when Norway and Turkey meet in Malaga for a World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

The game was due to take place at Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo, but it was moved to a neutral venue in Spain due to coronavirus related travel restrictions. Norway have not actually had far to travel, as they beat Gibraltar 3-0 just down the road from Malaga earlier this week.

Star striker Erling Haaland drew a blank in that match, and he will be desperate to get on the score sheet this time around. He forms a formidable strike partnership with RB Leipzig’s Alexander Sorloth, while Martin Odegaard – the Real Madrid star currently flourishing on loan at Arsenal – pulls the strings behind them.

Norway also have Joshua King ready to come off the bench in case they need more firepower, so they should be able to breach the Turkey defence in this game. However, the Norway backline does not look quite so impressive, so they are also liable to concede on Saturday.

Turkey Put Four Past the Dutch

Turkey should be in buoyant spirits after picking up an impressive 4-2 win against the Netherlands on Wednesday. The Dutch defence was missing Virgil Van Dijk, but to score four times against such high-quality opposition is no mean feat. The Netherlands still had Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt and Ajax’s Daley Blind at the back, but Turkey ran them ragged.

Veteran forward Burak Yilmaz, who has been in fine form for Ligue 1 leaders Lille this season, fired in a hat-trick, and AC Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu also scored.

The Turkish defence looks pretty impressive, featuring Caglar Soyuncu of Leicester and Ozan Kabak of Liverpool, but it is difficult for any team to stop Haaland when he gets going. We could therefore be in for an entertaining game.

A Long Scoring Streak

Norway have scored in their last 22 games, and they are highly likely to extend that run against Turkey on Saturday. Turkey are not quite so prolific in front of goal, but they should draw great encouragement from that win against the Netherlands.

They have also beaten Russia 3-2 in recent months, while they impressed in a 1-1 draw with world champions France in 2019, so they will certainly not fear Norway in this game. They are ranked 32nd in the world by FIFA, 12 places ahead of the Norwegians, and they will feel they can win this match after beating the Netherlands.

Norway are the slight favourites, but a bet on Turkey actually looks more attractive at 2/1 (3.00) with MansionBet. However, it might be a good idea to avoid the outright market and look at goals instead. MansionBet is offering a very enticing 5/6 (1.83) on both teams to score in this game and that could prove to be a great option.