Spain and Norway meet at Estadio de Mestalla, in a match for this phase of the Qualifying Round. There is no recent record of direct confrontations between these two teams, who have not played any matches in the last 3 years. The last time they met was on 19-11-2003, in a match that ended with the final score: Norway (0-3) Spain. the Norway presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor, so in this game the home factor may be decisive.
The home team will make its debut in this edition of the competition, as it did not have to play any of the eliminatory games prior to this group stage. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive level in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 9 wins, 5 draws and 1 loss in away matches; against 10 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a home victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina by (1-0). In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, Spain won 6, tied 2 and lost 2. Their defense has not been very strong, as they have suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their attack has scored with regularity, as he scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 games. In their home matches there is a tendency to have goals, since in 11 of their last 12 matches there were Over 1,5 goals and in 9 of the last 12 there were Over 2,5 goals. In 15 games, they only got 1 comeback in the 5 games in which they suffered the first goal. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 12 home matches for all competitions: they have suffered 4 of their 11 goals between minutes (31′-45 ‘).
The Spanish team enters this game motivated, after a 1-0 victory against Bosnia, putting a final point to the two snubs followed, both to count for the League of Nations: Brais Méndez was the author of the only goal of the game. team. In this match against Norway, it will be expected that coach Luis Enrique will risk again in 4-3-3, privileging possession of the ball and organized attacks: Dani Ceballos will be one of the main responsible for creating and organizing the process offensive. For this game the trainer called Jaime Mata, a player who plays in Getafe.
The visiting team will make its debut in this edition of the competition, as it did not have to play any of the eliminatory before this group stage. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 2 draws and 9 losses in away matches; against 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses at their stadium. The team comes to this match after an away win against Cyprus by (0-2). In the last 10 away matches Norway has won 4, tied 1 and lost 5. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. In 15 matches, they suffered the first goal 6 times and only managed 1 comeback.
The Norwegian national team comes to this match with a 0-2 triumph in the move to Cyprus, thus adding the fourth straight game without losing, all for the League of Nations. In this game against Spain, coach Lars Lagerbäck must act in 4-4-2, but with a fairly defensive strategy, as the opponent has great individual values. Joshua King is the player with more capacity to shake the game of the North American selection, being possessor of great quality in the finalization. Everything indicates that the coach will be able to count on his best players for this game.