Slovenia Vs Norway Football Match Score 23 Sept 2022
Slovenia come into this on the back of an entertaining 2-2 draw with Serbia in their most recent outing, during June. The Slovenians have started their UEFA Nations League campaign with just two points collected from their opening four matches and they are in danger of being relegated to League C. They now face a Norway side that is now star-studded. Without Martin Odegaard, they still have UEFA Nations League top scorer Erling Haaland, under the management of Stale Solbakken, and they have only dropped points in one of their four Nations League games, against Slovenia. Despite that, Norway will be expected to win this one and all but confirm promotion to the top-flight of the UEFA Nations League. Slovenia are set to play Norway at the Stožice Sports Park on Saturday in the UEFA Nations League. Slovenia come into this game on the back of a 2-2 draw against ten-man Serbia in their most recent game. Goals from PAOK winger Andrija Zivkovic and Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic for Serbia was cancelled out by goals from Panathinaikos midfielder Adam Gnezda Cerin and Red Bull Salzburg striker Benjamin Sesko for Slovenia. Serbia had Mallorca goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic sent off.
Slovenia will be aiming to move off the bottom of Group B4 when they take on Norway in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday. The visitors, meanwhile, are on the cusp of gaining promotion to League A for the first time, and could secure that with a victory depending on how Serbia fare against Sweden later in the evening. After topping a group containing Greece, Kosovo and Moldova last time out, Slovenia were provided with an opportunity to test themselves in League B of the Nations League for the first time. So far, Matjaz Kek’s side have found things difficult, with two draws and two defeats seeing them trail Sweden by one point heading into the fifth round of fixtures.
However, given that they face the Swedes on Tuesday, a positive result against their Scandinavian neighbours Norway on Saturday could see them head to Stockholm off the foot of the group table, which would put avoiding relegation into their own hands. Despite losing Miha Blazic to a 63rd-minute red card, Kek’s side managed to keep Erling Braut Haaland and company at bay in a 0-0 draw in Oslo in June, so the 61-year-old and his players may be quietly confident of causing an upset on home soil at the weekend. Indeed, that stalemate was the only blot on an otherwise faultless Nations League campaign for Norway so far, with wins in each of their other three matches seeing them lead Serbia by three points at the top of Group H.
Haaland, who has adapted to the Premier League even quicker than anyone could have anticipated following his summer transfer from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City, has bagged five goals across those three victories, with his strike partner Alexander Sorloth scoring the decisive third in a 3-2 win against Sweden last time out. Having failed to qualify for a major tournament since Euro 2000, there is real belief that Haaland’s quality in front of goal – aided by captain Martin Odegaard’s creativity in midfield – could spearhead the Lions to their most successful era for more than two decades. Head coach Stale Solbakken, who made 58 caps for his country as a player, was a part of the team that reached the 1994 and 1998 World Cups as well as the aforementioned European Championships in Belgium and the Netherlands, and he will be desperate to lead a talented group of players to similar achievements.
In the meantime, though, promotion to League A of the Nations League would represent a key platform for future success as well as providing more regular tests against the elite nations in Europe, and a win in Slovenia on Saturday would take them one step closer to completing that at the very least. Benjamin Sesko, who scored in his nation’s last match against Serbia, will almost certainly lead the line, and the 19-year-old may hope to prove why many are touting him as the next Haaland after displaying some dazzling form for Red Bull Salzburg in recent times. Norway, meanwhile, have named Odegaard in their squad despite the midfielder missing Arsenal’s victory against Brentford last weekend due to a calf problem. However, a scan on the 23-year-old’s leg showed no significant damage within the affected area, leaving him open for selection on Saturday. Marcus Pedersen is not available, though, due to suspension after the defender received his second yellow card of the current Nations League campaign against Sweden.
Norway, on the other hand, beat Janne Andersson’s Sweden 3-2 in their most recent fixture. A brace from Manchester City superstar Erling Braut Haaland and a goal from Real Sociedad striker Alexander Sorloth secured the win for Stale Solbakken’s Norway. RB Leipzig forward Emil Forsberg and Coventry City striker Viktor Gyokeres scored the goals for Sweden. Slovenia have named Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak, Empoli right-back Petar Stojanovic, Venezia midfielder Domen Crnigoj, Fenerbahce midfielder Miha Zajc, Panathinaikos striker Andraz Sporar and Red Bull Salzburg striker Benjamin Sesko in their squad. There could be a potential debut for Pacos de Ferreira goalkeeper Igor Vekic. Norway have included Brentford centre-back Kristoffer Ajer, Napoli centre-back Leo Skiri Ostigard, Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard, Benfica midfielder Fredrik Aursnes and Manchester City striker Erling Braut Haaland. There could be a potential debut for Molde midfielder Ole Brynhildsen.
Slovenia possible starting lineup:
Oblak; Karnicnik, Bijol, Mevlja, Brekalo, Sikosek; Zajc, Cerin, Kurtic; Sesko, Verbic
Norway possible starting lineup:
Nyland; Ryerson, Strandberg, Ostigard, Bjorkan; Odegaard, Berge, Thorsby; Elyounoussi, Haaland, Sorloth