Scotland vs Norway Preview & Euro 2024 Qualifier Betting Tips: Goals Aplenty?

Kenny McleanScotland get back down to business on Sunday (7.45pm) and this time they are on home soil against a rather useful Norway side. Thankfully, Steve Clarke’s men have already booked their place in next summer’s Euro 2024 tournament, but the hosts won’t want to dampen the spirits of those in attendance at Hampden Park. Read on for our match preview and betting tips.

The Scots will go into this game off the back of what appears to be a relatively poor run, failing to win in their last four. Their draw in Georgia on Thursday evening was enough to book their place in next summer’s European Championships proper. Of course, the job is now done, but given that they are without a win in four and that they now have a major tournament to prepare for, Steve Clarke’s men will surely want to build momentum in front of a home crowd that is likely to be in buoyant mood.

The Norwegians now have nothing to play for but pride. Despite having a team that contains both Martin Odegaard and Premier League goalscoring sensation Erling Haaland, they have fallen short by quite a distance. Ahead of this game they sit six points behind Sunday’s hosts and are without any chance of saving themselves despite there being one game to go. Disappointing indeed.

Scotland are hardy hosts

The main driving force behind Scotland marching into Euro 2024 is the fact that they have been outstanding on home soil. The Tartan Army have won three out of three at Hampden Park during qualifying, beating Cyprus, Georgia and Spain without conceding a goal.

Sturdy at the back they have been, showing great discipline and determination to hang on, especially against the Spanish, but their efforts have been more than about a solid rear-guard. When it has mattered most, they have also shown fantastic forward desire to score some much-needed goals, netting at least twice in each of their three home games.

Visitors Norway up and down on the road

Just like Sunday’s hosts have qualified thanks to their excellent home form, part of why Norway have failed to make the grade is the fact that they’ve struggled to be consistent away from home, where they’ve won one, drawn one and lost one.

They were outclassed away on Spanish soil, which to be honest, was to be to be expected. They ought not to be judged too harshly for that effort, though what we can be critical of is their 1-1 draw in Georgia. On that occasion, they were wasteful in the final third, despite creating plenty, while we once again saw that teams don’t have to knock on the door too hard before the Norwegians let them through. That is the worry ahead of this game from a visiting point of view.

Scots to do the double?

Of course, having shared this group, this is the second time that the pair will meet on the field in less than six months. In June the Scots went away to Norway and returned with a huge three points, winning in dramatic style, by two goals to one. That was thanks to late strikes from Lyndon Dykes and Kenny Mclean, who less than two minutes after Dykes poked home an equaliser, applied a deft finish to a swift move to seal the win. It was certainly something of a smash and grab after finding it tough to get a foothold in a game that the Norwegians dominated. Though when push came to shove, Clarke’s men were able to expose some rather gaping holes at the back of the Norway team.

Goals on the cards at Hampden

At this late stage, the pressure is off both. Of course, the hosts will want to perform for a stadium full of fans that will be celebrating the fact that their nation has made it to a major tournament. That is not something that has happened on a regular basis, while the visitors will surely be keen to show that they have not gone down without a fight.

The way this one is set up could aid a steady flow of goals and at the early prices with the operators’ online betting sites, it’s worth backing that the goals arrive.

For starters, the goals arrived when the pair met earlier in the campaign, and although it took Scotland a while to get into the game offensively, as soon as they did, Norway’s famously weak back-line struggled to hold. At the same time, the Norwegians created plenty, registering a solid 1.93 xG.

If we consider Scotland’s scoring form at home, with them averaging 2.33 goals per game, then we can expect the hosts to make plenty of headway in this fixture, but I wouldn’t be too fooled by that run of clean sheets. Sure, they have defended stoutly at times, but they have also had luck on their side. The visitors have no shortage of offensive firepower, as they showed when recently scoring four goals away in Cyprus. What’s more, for all they played well in that final third when drawing 2-2 with Georgia on Thursday night, the Scots looked far less secure at the back now that they are no longer searching for points to qualify.

The fact that the visitors have failed to score in just one out of seven away games (against Spain) since the start of 2022, coupled with the fact that the Scots have now scored two or more in six of their last seven at home increases the appeal of goal-orientated bets further. So these are the betting tips for this Euro 2024 qualification game preview:

  • Both Teams to Score @ best odds of 10/11 with William Hill.
  • Over 2.5 Goals @ 6/5 with Bet365.