Malta vs Norway Live Stream 10 October - preview
Malta vs Norway
Malta entered this qualifying edition in order to avoid the last position in the group and generally, present themselves in a better way than they did in previous ones. Their opening game showed a good defensive approach by them, as they come from a 2:0 defeat away against strong side like Croatia is.

They were lined up in a 5-4-1 formation that looked even more defensive on the field, as the team kept a clean sheet in the first halftime, but a fact that they played with a man less since 31st minute due exclusion of Borg didn’t help them at all. Their previous victory in Euro qualifiers was back in October of 2006 when they defeated Hungary 2:1, while the nation counts three draws and seventeen defeats since then. Their defender Borg is now suspended and wasn’t invited, while apart from the mission are also defender Edward Herrera and midfielder Llywelyn Cremona, both playing in domestic league. No doubt that the team will be fielded up in a similar defensive 5-4-1 formation.

Norway, on the other side, started their new Euro campaign with a home 2:0 defeat against Italy back in early September. Coach Per-Mathias Hogmo is trying to freshen up their roster with younger, talented players, while the nation badly wants to participate at the final tournament, something that they failed to do since 2000.

Despite the defeat against Italy, some positive things were seen in that game, as the Italians got their victory mainly due clear class superiority and experience of their best players. Coach Hogmo spoke that the fans have to patient, however they count only one victory in last twelve games and they need to make some positive improvement quickly in order to improve the atmosphere around the federation and inside the locker room. Due to different reasons, defender Tore Reginiussen (Rosenborg), Fredrik Semb Berge (Brondby), midfielders Henning Hauger (Elfsborg) and Markus Henriksen (AZ Alkmaar), Anders Konradsen (Rennes) weren’t invited for this game. Ruben Yttergard Jenssen (K’lautern) and veteran Morten Gamst Pedersen also didn’t get their call-ups. On the other side, coach is under pressure from media to put fifteen years old midfielder from Stromsgodset Martin Odegaard from the first minute, who could write the history being the youngest player ever for his nation to start in Euro qualifiers.

Norwegians are in some kind of transition, but today they should have a really hard job. Malta was good in defense against Croats, but their hosts weren’t playing with their biggest potential in that game and were lacking ideas and creativity in attack. As said, visitors are in some kind of transition and not gathering the right results, but should be able to obtain a positive result here, with their team still having enough quality, at least for the weaker sides.

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