Portugal vs Norway Euro 2012 Qualifier Preview

by Punter's Hero on June 2, 2011

in Football, Latest News

Portugal will try to get their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign back on track when they meet up with Norway at home in an important Group H encounter on June 4th at the Estadio da Luz. Norway beat Portugal earlier in the qualifying round 1-0 at home.

These are the top two teams in the Group after four games with Norway leading the way with 10 points from three wins and a draw. Portugal is right behind them with seven points from two wins, a draw, and a loss. Denmark is also in the mix with the same record as Portugal.

The Portuguese have been scoring a fair amount of goals in the campaign with 10, but have been letting them in at an alarming rate with seven against. However, they have three wins, a draw, and a loss in their last five games, including friendlies. This includes a 4-0 win against current World and European champions Spain, and a 2-1 loss to Argentina. Norway has two wins, two losses, and a draw in their past five.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been on fire this season with 40 goals in La Liga with Real Madrid and at least 50 in total. However, he sometimes has extended scoring slumps when playing for Portugal. Ruben Micael, Silvestre Varela, and Andre Santos have been called up by Portugal for their first competitive matches, but striker Liedson was left out of the squad. Midfielder Duda is also back in the squad.

Norway has improved greatly over the past couple of years and have risen from 59th to 11th in the FIFA rankings over that time. They’ve been picking up the points in low-scoring games. Manager Egil Olsen has been doing a fine job lately of managing the team. They’re hard to score against and have let in just one goal so far in the qualifiers. Olsen feels Portugal’s 4-0 win over Spain shows just how good they are knows this is going to be a tough task for Norway.

Norway has wins over Portugal, Cyprus, and Iceland in qualifiers and a draw with Denmark, but it’s going to be hard to beat Portugal twice, especially on the road. This appears to be the end of Norway’s unbeaten streak in the campaign as it looks like Portugal will be too strong for them here in Lisbon and should take this game by two goals.

Portugal will also be motivated to stay ahead of Denmark on goal difference as the Danes are set to meet last-placed Iceland.

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