The last chance for participation in The Euro 2016

Last updated: November 10, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Thursday, 7:45pm
Venue: Ullevaal Stadion (Oslo)
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LWWWD
Away form: LWDDW
Last meeting: 4-0
Competition: The Euro 2016 play-offs

The Norwegian players were 20 minutes away from qualifying directly to The UEFA Euro 2016, leading 1-0 vs. Italy at Stadio Olimpico, but they eventually lost 2-1 and now they have to play against Hungary, another quality team. To continue; Norway is in really good shape. The team conceded just two goals in their last 6 games and won on three occasions.

On the other hand, Hungary also played well in their qualifying group, but their defeat to Greece and the draw against Romania cost them second place in the final standings. The Hungarians finished in third place in Group F with 16 points in the bag. They lost only twice in ten games, but that was enough to put them into the play-off stage.

Both teams have met 13 times in the past, resulting in 5 victories for both sides and 3 draws. Unlike Hungary Norway have won the last three matches, So the game is expected to be level with expectations of a final result of a score draw.

Team News

Norway manager Per-Mathias Høgmo has already named his squad for the play-off against Hungary. The surprise is that Joshua King of Bournemouth hasn’t been named in the group.

Strømsgodset’s striker Marcus Pedersen and Rosenborg’s attacker Alexander Søderlund are called by the manager, because of their good performance in the local division.

Hungarian coach, Bernd Strock, has included in his squad two newcomers – László Kleinheisler and László Pekár. The Kleinheisler’s club is Videoton.

39-year-old Hungarian goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly is the most experienced player in the Hungarian squad. If he plays this match, he will win his 100th cap.

Quotes of the week

hogmo Per-Mathias Høgmo (Norway) : “We have made a point of selecting players that are in very good form at the moment. That is why I opted for Pedersen in attack.”

storck Bernd Strock (Hungary) : “I trust my players and I am not affraid to select each one of them.”

Expected line-ups:

Team: Norway
Goalkeepers: Rune Jarstein (Hertha Berlin), André Hansen (Rosenborg), Ørjan Nyland (Ingolstadt).
Defenders: Haitam Aleesami (IFK Göteborg), Omar Elabdellaoui (Olympiacos), Vegard Forren (Molde), Even Hovland (Nürnberg), Tom Høgli (København), Martin Linnes (Molde), Håvard Nordtveit (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Stefan Strandberg (Krasnodar).
Midfielders: Jo Inge Berget (Malmö), Valon Berisha (Salzburg), Mohammed Elyounoussi (Molde), Pål André Helland (Rosenborg), Markus Henriksen (AZ Alkmaar), Stefan Johansen (Celtic), Ole Selnæs (Rosenborg), Per Ciljan Skjelbred (Hertha Berlin), Alexander Tettey (Norwich City), Martin Ødegaard (Real Madrid).
Strikers: Veton Berisha (Greuther Fürth), Marcus Pedersen (Strømsgodset), Alexander Søderlund (Rosenborg).
Team: Hungary
Goalkeepers: Gábor Király (Szombathelyi Haladás), Ádám Bogdán (Liverpool), Balázs Megyeri (Getafe).
Defenders: Attila Fiola (Puskás Akadémia), Roland Juhász (Videoton), Vilmos Vanczák (Sion), Tamás Kádár (Lech Poznan), Richárd Guzmics (Wisla Krakow), Ádám Lang (Videoton), Leandro (Ferencváros), Predrag Bosnjak (Szombathelyi Haladás).
Midfielders: Ádám Nagy (Ferencváros), Ákos Elek (Changchun Yatai), László Kleinheisler (Videoton), Zoltán Gera (Ferencváros), István Kovács (Videoton), Ádám Pintér (Ferencváros).
Strikers: Gergő Lovrencsics (Lech Poznan), Zoltán Stieber (Hamburg), Dániel Böde (Ferencváros), Tamás Priskin (Slovan Bratislava), Nemanja Nikolics (Legia Warsaw), Ádám Szalai (Hoffenheim), Balázs Dzsudzsák (Bursaspor), Krisztián Németh (Sporting Kansas City), László Pekár (Puskás Akadémia).

So far this season

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Norway this campaign Hungary this campaign
3 (3) (at home) Wins (away) 2 (2)
3-0 vs. Malta Biggest win 2-1 vs. Faroe Islands
1 (0) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (2)
1 (2) (at home) Losses (away) 1 (1)
1-5 to Croatia Biggest Defeat 3-4 to Greece
Tettey (3) Top scorer Bode, Nemeth (2)
Y18, R0 Discipline Y33, R0
2 Failures to score 2
6 Clean Sheets 5
3 Both Teams to Score Games 5
4 Over 2.5 Games 3
6 Under 2.5 Games 7
  • This is the second time Norway will take part in the play-offs of The European Championship. The Norwegians lost twice to Spain in 2003 and couldn’t qualify for Euro 2004.
  • The last three matches between these two teams ended with victories for Norway. The Norwegians scored 10 goals and conceded just 1.
  • Norway haven’t conceded a single goal at home for 4 consecutive games. The last time they did, they lost 0-1 to Estonia in a friendly match.
  • Hungary lost their last away match 3-4 to Greece and showed they have difficulties in defence. Their last away victory was against Finland on 13th June 2015.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
14/11/12 Friendly Hungary 0-2 Norway Nielsen 39′
06/06/07 ECQ Norway 4-0 Hungary S. Iversen 22′
02/09/06 ECQ Hungary 1-4 Norway Solskjær 15′
08/06/97 WQE Hungary 1-1 Norway Rudi 9′
09/10/96 WQE Norway 3-0 Hungary K. Rekdal 83′