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Austria Women vs Norway Women: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview

By Emile Avanessian

Published: 20:02, 14 July 2022 | Updated: 15:06, 3 August 2022

For Austria and Norway it’s all to play for on Group A’s final match day. With England a certainty to advance to the knockout stages of the 2022 Euros and the virtual lock to top this group, Norway and Austria, each on three points after two games, square off for the right to join the Lionesses in the quarterfinals.

Austria Women vs Norway Women: Betting Tips

Carolina Graham Hansen to score and Norway to win @ 14/5 with Betway

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Austria Women vs Norway Women: Predictions

Austria Women vs Norway Women: Predictions

Bet Prediction Best odds
BTTS? Yes 33/50 with Betway
Correct score 1-2 15/2 with Betway
First Goalscorer Caroline Graham Hansen 11/2 with Betfair

A week ago in Southampton, Norway were putting the finishing touches on as straightforward an opening performance as a side could hope for in a tournament. They led 3-0 after 31 minutes, and simply looked a different class from their Northern Irish counterparts.

That they conceded four minutes after halftime was a bit shocking, but Chelsea’s Guro Reiten struck just five minutes later to return the lead to three goals. From there Norway saw out the game, equaling England’s Matchday 1 tally of three points, and looking a dark horse not just to top this group, but perhaps for the entire tournament.

Norway’s Matchday 3 opponent, Austria, was the side against whom England had squared off the day before, at Old Trafford. Austria put forth a solid effort, but were undone by a Beth Mead strike in the 16th minute, which was the game’s lone goal.

What a difference a match day makes. On the heels of their tournament-opening wins, England and Norway squared off at Brighton’s Amex Stadium in what seemed a de facto playoff for top spot in the group. What ensued is one of the most comprehensive thumpings the sport’s seen at this level. Despite not scoring for the game’s first eleven minutes, England went into halftime with a SIX-NIL lead. They never looked back.

Amid a sea of staggering statistics summing up the degree of dominance, let’s stick with simplicity: in 90 minutes, England attacked Norway’s defense 125 times, attempted 26 shots, of which 14 were on goal, and eight found the back of the net. Norway, meanwhile, conjured a mere 54 attacks, unleashed just four shots, none of which found the back of the net – or would have even in the absence of a keeper. It was total destruction.

And Austria? After (in hindsight, impressively) holding England to a single goal in the tournament opener, the Austrians squared off against Northern Ireland at St Mary’s. They led 1-0 inside of 20 minutes, defended solidly throughout, allowing just four shots in the game, and added a second in the 88th minute to seal a businesslike win.

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Austria Women vs Norway Women head-to-head

These nations have not met in a competitive match since a June 2016 qualifier (in Norway) for Euro 2017, which ended in a 2-2 draw. The four meetings prior to that, dating back to June 2007, were wins for Norway, by a combined score of 10-0.

Austria Women vs Norway Women match stats

On the morning of 8 July, if there was a single iron-clad takeaway from the first pair of games in Group A, it was that Norway were a force to be reckoned with. These days, it’s tempting to sprint as fast as possible as far as possible away from that take.

On the flip side, this is a team led by stars who are accustomed to winning, frequently and dominantly. It’s difficult to imagine that a six-time Champions League winner and Ballon d’Or winner like Ada Hegerberg and a treble-winning creative savant like Barcelona’s Caroline Graham Hanson will crumble under the weight of a single catastrophic performance. Granted, catastrophic performances seldom fly so comprehensively off the rails, but the point stands – ’twas but one outing. 

Unless you’re fully convinced that that hammering will have some sort of long-lasting effect on Norway, it’s safer to assume that the two apex predators leading this side will light a fire under their teammates. Plus, with their goal difference of minus-five (Austria are at plus-one), Norway must win on Friday in Brighton in order to advance. At the same time, one would expect the Norwegians to start the game emphasizing sound, stable defense – which, of course, will suit the Austrians just fine.

All of this being said, in a single game, with this much at stake it always feels better to have genuine, difference-making superstars on your side. And if they’re furious and hyper-motivated not only for a must-win game but also to purge the memory of a humiliating defeat? All the better!

Look for Graham Hanson to put Norway on the board first, and for the Norwegians to emerge victorious.

Austria Women vs Norway Women: Squawka Says

Scoreline prediction: Austria Women 1-2 Norway Women

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