1NEWS – Latvia will face Norway in the 2022 World Cup Qualifying match. The match will take place at Daugava Stadium on Saturday (4/9) Night at 23.00 WIB.
Hosts Latvia are eyeing a win so they can collect the same points as Norway, Montenegro and the Netherlands in Group G. Meanwhile, Norway are eyeing three points so they can overtake Turkey at the top of the group.
Statistics Data Meeting Record Between Latvia vs Norway
Latvia and Norway have only met twice in history, and even then in 1998 and 1999. At the inaugural meeting, the exchange online soccer betting site said the Latvian national team won with a score of 3-1. Meanwhile, Norway won in the second match with a score of 2-1 over Latvia.
This record makes the match between Latvia and Norway unpredictable, because the two teams have not met for a very long time. The quality of the players who appear on Saturday (4/9) will determine who will win the match.
Latvia’s back line is bad
Dainis Kazakevich’s team has a pretty good record in the last five matches, having collected two wins and one draw. However, Latvia has a very poor defense having conceded 14 goals in just those five games.
Latvia’s poor back line makes Dainis Kazakevich have to find a solution to overcome this problem. If Latvia is not able to overcome this problem, it is unlikely for them to gain points against Norway later.
In the last game, Latvia won with a score of 3-1 against Gibraltar on 2 September. Brace Vladislavs Gutkovskis and a goal from Andrejs Ciganiks managed to bring Dainis Kazakevich’s squad to victory over Gibraltar.
Latvia may use a 4-2-3-1 attacking formation, relying on Vladislavs Gutkovskis as the spearhead. Behind him were Andrejs Ciganeks, Roberts Uldrikis and Janis Ikaunieks to help Vladislavs Gutkovskis score.
Norway Low Goals
Norway has a target to win against Latvia, as they want to displace Turkey from the top of Group G. However, Norway has serious problems in terms of scoring goals in the last five matches.
Stale Solbakken’s team only scored four goals from those five matches. This makes Norway only won twice, drew one and lost twice.
In the last match, they were able to hold the Dutch strong team to a 1-1 draw. Norway scored first through Erling Haaland, before finally being equalized by Davy Klaassen a few minutes later.
This productivity problem must be immediately addressed by Stale Solbakken against Latvia on Saturday (4/9) evening. Because, they will not achieve maximum results if they are not able to score many goals against Latvia.
Norway most likely will use a 4-2-2-2 formation as used against the Netherlands before. Stale Solbakken wants the front line to score goals, but doesn’t concede many goals in this formation.
Erling Haaland and Mohamed Elyounoussi will be mainstays on the front lines. Backed by Martin Odegaard and Jens Petter Hauge in tow. Meanwhile, Birger Meling, Andreas Hanche-Olsen, Stefan Strandberg and Marcus Pedersen will guard the Norwegian back line.
Latvia vs Norway Score Prediction 04 September 2021
Latvia and Norway are interesting matches, as the two teams haven’t seen each other in more than two decades. This makes the match difficult to predict, whether Latvia or Norway will be the winner.
Even so, Norway has better quality players than Latvia. That made Stale Solbakken’s team the seed in the match. Latvia and Norway match is expected to end with score 1 – 3.