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06 Jun 2019 by Ash Wheldon

2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Norway vs Nigeria Prediction & Preview

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THE FACTS

When is Norway vs Nigeria taking place? Saturday 8th June 2019 – 20:00 (UK)

Where is Norway vs Nigeria taking place? Stade Auguste-Delaune II, Reims

What television channel is Norway vs Nigeria on? BBC Red Button

Where can I stream Norway vs Nigeria? UK users can stream this match via BBC iPlayer

Where can I get tickets for Norway vs Nigeria? https://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/organisation/ticketing/

THE TEAM NEWS

NORWAY

  • All of the talk ahead of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, especially where Norway are concerned, is that the best female player in the world will not be competing in the tournament.
  • Problems began at Euro 2017 for Ada Hegerberg – who won the 2018 Ballon d’Or Feminin – and those issues with the Norwegian Football Federation have never been resolved meaning she will not take part here which is a huge loss for not only Norway but the tournament itself.
  • The Norwegians are ranked 12th in the world and could pose some problems in this competition but will need Barcelona’s Caroline Graham Hansen to be the catalyst for them from the wing.

NIGERIA

  • Nigeria are big outsiders for this tournament but have some talent within their ranks to cause some problems although they are likely to need to find a way to beat either Norway or South Korea to progress to the knockout stage.
  • The Nigerians have dominated the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations with nine tournament wins from the last 11 competitions but having been pushed close in the last edition, the Super Eagles were forced into a more professional preparation ahead of this World Cup.
  • They have some real talent in their squad with the likes of Desire Oparanozie and Asisat Oshoala but as a team they may be lacking and that could see them fall short of where they want to be.

THE PREDICTION

Norway would have been in a much better position for an assault on the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup had Ada Hegerberg made herself available for selection but the best female player in the world will be missing for the tournament. The Norwegians still have plenty of talent to choose from but any side missing a player of the magnitude of Hegerberg will struggle to fill the void. They should have too much for Nigeria in this opening game and will need to produce some consistency if they are to go deep in the tournament.

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