NORWAY VS ESTONIA
Both Estonia and Norway will see this friendly as an opportunity to gain confidence and build for their upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers as the home side go in as favourites to grab a victory. Norway limber up for their trip to Azerbaijan with an international friendly against Estonia on Wednesday night. The Norwegians travel to Linz later in the week ahead of their clash with Azerbaijan in Group H of Euro 2016 qualifying hoping to make it three wins on the bounce in their bid to. The Norwegians will see this as a stepping stone to Sunday’s match against Azerbaijan, one which could cement their position as the team most likely to claim a playoff position. They started qualifying with a loss against Italy but have since bounced back by defeating Malta and Bulgaria, their first wins since January. The latter look set to be Norway’s main competition for third place. This is the fourth meeting between the two nations, with the only Norway-hosted contest ending 7-0 for the hosts two decades ago. It’s been much tighter since, with a draw and then a 2-1 win for the Scandinavians when the sides last met in 2005. Estonia go into this friendly having lost their last two encounters, both Euro 2016 qualifiers to Lithuania and England. They are warming up for their weekend Group E clash with San Marino, where they will be expected to add to their one win to date September’s win over Slovenia. Of five friendlies played in 2014, Magnus Pehrsson’s side have won just twice and curiously, have lost to two Scandinavian nations in Sweden and Iceland. The bookies don’t see their recent form turning around just yet and are 10/1 with Ladbrokes to secure a victory. Estonia have not scored in their last two games and just once in 360 minutes of football. Paddy Power have Norway at 10/11 to win to nil. Norway’s last three friendlies have resulted in under 2.5 goals scored, while that’s occurred in Estonia’s last four matches overall. Norway go in as favourites and will want momentum ahead of a crucial qualifier against Azerbaijan. Estonia haven’t netted many goals recently, but Norway’s friendlies tend to head this way too. They should get over the line, but there won’t be much in it.