Romania make the trip to Oslo to face Norway looking to retain their grip of first position in Group B1 of the UEFA Nations League.
However, on the back of their thumping win over Northern Ireland, the home side know that victory on Sunday evening will guarantee them a place in the first two spots at the halfway stage.
With Erling Braut Haaland now being used in the senior squad, Norway are expected to step things up a notch in their bid to close the gap on Sweden and Denmark.
However, Lars Lagerback has witnessed his team falter twice on home territory, the second time costing them a place at Euro 2020 next summer.
Norway were on course for victory against Serbia before Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s equaliser eight minutes from time, and the midfielder struck again during the extra period to end their hopes of another appearance at a major competition for the foreseeable future.
On a positive note, Norway still have plenty to play for in this tournament, sitting just one point adrift of their next opponents courtesy of their 5-1 success over Northern Ireland.
Prevailing in that manner was required after the disappointment of succumbing to Austria on matchday one, and the pressure is now on to match their away form with results in Oslo.
While Romania head into this contest sitting top of the group, Mirel Radoi must lift his players after their defeat to Iceland in the Euro 2020 playoffs.
Radoi would have been confident of extending his team’s unbeaten record in 2020 to three matches, but Tricolorii were second best in the first of their double-header in Scandinavia.
How Romania handle that setback remains to be seen, although Radoi will point to last month’s triumph in Austria as proof that they are capable of raising their game when necessary.
Despite Ianis Hagi establishing himself as the team’s star man, the Rangers playmaker is still awaiting his first goal in the senior side after 12 appearances.
Norway Nations League form: LW
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Romania Nations League form: DW
Romania form (all competitions): DLLDWL
Norway pair Erling Braut Haaland and Alexander Sorloth celebrate against Northern Ireland on September 7, 2020
Having witnessed his side play 120 minutes on Thursday evening, Lagerback must decide whether to hand a rest to several players.
Providing that he does not replace one of Haaland or Alexander Sorloth in attack, Josh King could come in for Stefan Johansen in midfield.
Sander Berge may also drop out of the starting lineup, potentially allowing for Mathias Normann to be named in the first XI.
Hagi will almost certainly be recalled to the Romania team after surprisingly beginning the Iceland game among the replacements.
Reading forward George Puscas is also in line to return, while Alexandru Cretu could drop out of the side to accommodate the selection of Alexandru Cicaldau.
Norway possible starting lineup:
Jarstein; Linnes, Strandberg, Ajer, Aleesami; Odegaard, Normann, Henriksen, King; Haaland, Sorloth
Romania possible starting lineup:
Tatarusanu; Hanca, Balasa, Tosca, Bancu; Stanciu, Cacaldau, Maxim; Deac, Puscas, Hagi
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We say: Norway 4-1 Romania
Despite their lack of consistency since the resumption of international football, we can only back Norway to prevail in this contest. Although Romania have produced the better form in this competition, do not be surprised if the home side run riot in their capital city.
When does Norway vs Romania kick off? Sunday 11th October, 2020 – 17:00 (UK)
Where is Norway vs Romania being played? Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo
Where can I get tickets for Norway vs Romania? No tickets are available as this match will be played without spectators
What TV channel is Norway vs Romania on in the UK? Sky Sports
Where can I stream Norway vs Romania in the UK? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match live via Sky Go
Norway had plenty of hope that their side laden with potential could make it to next summer’s European Championships but it was not to be as they fell to defeat against Serbia in their midweek play-off. They will now have to pick themselves up quickly as they return to Nations League action, their last result in this competition a five-goal performance against Northern Ireland. They host a Romanian side who also suffered midweek heartbreak as they lost out to Iceland in their bid to stay alive in the hunt for the Euros. They too won their last UNL match but will need to show a response here. The pair both scored in their two clashes last year so expect that to be the case again here.