Having missed out on South Africa and the World Cup finals, unlike their upcoming opponents, Norway will be keen to make amends and it is the last chance for the likes of John Arne Riise and Steffen Iversen to compete at another major finals.
The Norwegian squad is an emerging bunch on the whole however, only three players of the current crop are aged 30 or over, and they must fancy their chances having started the section so well.
Three successive wins to begin the campaign, an impressive 1-0 triumph over Portugal as well as wins in Cyprus and Iceland, see Norway sitting top with maximum points and three more against their near neighbours would do very nicely indeed.
Denmark struggle on their travels, they’ve lost five of their last six games away from Copenhagen, and I wasn’t that impressed with them in friendly defeat to England or last summer when they exited at the group stage despite beating Cameroon.
With 10 wins in their previous 13 matches dating back to September 2009, I rate Norway much closer to the 2.00 mark to prevail this weekend and the 1.67 available about the hosts in the draw no bet markets appeals greatly.
Denmark, under longstanding head coach Morten Olsen, probably just about possess the better individuals but they failed to qualify for the finals in Austria-Switzerland four years ago and the 1992 winners might well have peaked in qualifying for South Africa. >
With the excellent Brede Hangeland captaining Norway from the back, I expect life to be tough for Denmark going forward and they often fail to convince they’ve enough in their ranks to break down the better nations.
Nicklas Bendtner leads the line OK, but the Arsenal man lacks a creative flair and supplying the striker with enough decent service to feed off will be difficult.
This is a match I can’t see Norway losing and with that in mind the wager is going to be a lumpy one. Victory will put them well on the way to Poland/Ukraine next summer and I think they’ll get it.
4pts Back Norway (draw no bet) vs. Denmark @ 1.67 (VC Bet)