Scotland will bid to continue their perfect start to Euro 2024 qualifying with a crunch clash away at Norway this evening.
Steve Clarke’s men sit top of Group A following opening wins over Cyprus and 2010 World Cup winners Spain.
The Tartan Away swept Cyprus aside 3-0 before securing one of their biggest results in recent years with a 2-0 victory over La Roja.
Scotland already have a five point gap over Norway in the race to finish in the top two qualification spots.
And Norway know defeat may already end their hopes of reaching Euro 2024 having lost to Spain before a draw with Georgia.
Norway v Scotland: talkSPORT coverage
This Euro 2024 qualifier will take place on Saturday, June 17.
talkSPORT 2 will have live coverage of the game from the Ullevaal Stadion, with kick-off scheduled for 5pm UK time.
Commentary will come from Joe Shennan and former Scotland midfielder Charlie Adam.
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Norway vs Scotland: Team news
Norway XI: Nyland, Ryerson, Strandberg, Ostigard, Meling, Berg, Aursnes, Odegaard, Sorloth, Solbakken, Haaland.
Subs: Dyngeland, Selvik, Gregersen, Wembangomo, Vetlesen, Berge, Elyounoussi, Thorstvedt, Daehli, Finne, Larsen.
Scotland XI: Gunn, Hickey, Porteous, Hendry, Tierney, Robertson, Christie, McTominay, McGregor, McGinn, Dykes.
Subs: Kelly, Clark, Hyam, Shankland, Gilmour, Cooper, Armstrong, Ferguson, Nisbet, Jack, Taylor, McLean.
Norway vs Scotland: What has been said?
Norway coach Stale Solbakken has not downplayed the importance of a win, admitting his side need a victory over Clarke’s men.
“We are under pressure before that game,” he admitted.
“It looks better with a win. With a loss, it looks difficult compared to Scotland. We cannot hide the fact that this is an important and decisive match.
“If we get six points from the two games, it’s turned upside down again. Then Spain is in trouble, too. Then Norway has beaten Scotland, Scotland has beaten Spain and Spain has beaten Norway.”
On Haaland, Solbakken joked: “I don’t know how much Coke or beer he has drunk.
“It is important that he gets a rest and gets over both the euphoria and the feeling that you have done something big together with your team-mates over ten to eleven months.
“Then you must be allowed to relax a bit, for 48 hours or however long it takes. It won’t be like I go into his room and give an Al Pacino speech to get him started on Saturday. It’s about common sense. Rest, sleep and tactical training.
“I have to respect that we may have to add a slightly different twist to Saturday than with another player, considering what he has been through.
“It’s not like he can’t participate in tactical training, or that he can’t “tay awake at tactical meetings.
‘He must be honest about how he feels. How affected and tired are you mentally and physically? How quickly can you process these impressions? I have no doubt that he can do it.”
Norway vs Scotland: Match facts
- Scotland’s Scott McTominay has scored a brace in his last two appearances for the Scots, having only netted one goal in his first 37 caps. The last Scotland player to score two or more goals in three appearances in a row was Hughie Gallacher between October 1929 and May 1930.
- Norway’s Alexander Sørloth has scored five goals in his last six appearances in European Championship qualifying, netting their opening goal in March against Georgia, so far their only goal in this campaign.
- Scotland have suffered just three defeats in their last 18 matches in all competitions (W12 D3), keeping 10 clean sheets across these games. They had lost three of their four games before this run (D1).
- In all competitions, Norway have lost three of their last six games (W1 D2), having lost just one of their previous 13 (W8 D4). Their current seven-game run without a clean sheet is their worst since an 11-game stretch between May 2016 and June 2017.
- Scotland have won their first two Euro 2024 qualifying matches, beating Cyprus and Spain. They last won their opening three qualifying games for a major tournament in Euro 2008 qualifying, under Walter Smith.
- Norway have won just four of their last 16 European Championship qualifiers (D6 L6), with all four wins coming against the Faroe Islands (2) and Malta (2).
- Scotland have only lost three of their previous 18 meetings with Norway (W9 D6), losing 4-3 in June 1963, 1-0 in October 2004 and 4-0 in August 2009.
- The last meeting between Norway and Scotland was back in November 2013 in a friendly, with the Scots winning 1-0 thanks to a goal from Scott Brown.
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