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Spain vs Norway

, , KO: 14:00 Mar 23, 2019, Mestalla
Norway

THE swagger that led Spain to three major trophies on the spin has long since disappeared and it's hard to know what to expect from Luis Enrique's side in the Euro qualifiers.

The Spanish were incredibly inconsistent in the Nations League, spanking Croatia 6-0 at home, only to lose 3-2 in the return while beating England 2-1 at Wembley then losing 3-2 to the Three Lions in their own back yard.

Such peaks and troughs are perhaps understandable given it was always going to be a period of transition after the golden generation that delivered success at the 2010 World Cup in between successive triumphs at the European Championships.

The likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Xabi Alonso, David Villa and Carles Puyol were always going to be difficult to replace and you get the sense Enrique still doesn't know what his strongest team is.

He chopped and changed throughout the Nations League campaign, although Valencia forward Rodrigo seemed to be his go-to guy upfront.

But it hasn't been a prolific season, with the striker netting just 12 times in 42 games, and Enrique may lean on Alvaro Morata for goals instead.

The Atletico Madrid new boy has three goals in his last four games and could get the nod to start. He's 13/5 to break the deadlock with Bet 365 and 8/13 with the same firm to net at any time. Rodrigo is 7/2 and 5/6 respectively with Bet 365 in the same markets.

If you're looking for longer odds in the goalscorer markets then try rampaging full-back Jordi Alba who is 8/1 with most firms.

Although Spain aren't firing on all cylinders they should be far too strong for a Norway side rated as 18/1 outsiders by Ladbrokes. This will probably be a case of how many Enrique's side win by and I like the look of Spain to score in both halves at 5/6 with William Hill.

Celtic defender Kris Ajer has been given the all-clear to play for the Norwegians after a head knock against Dundee but he's still raw and will find Spain's forwards a tough proposition.

Over 3.5 match goals looks a good shout at 29/20 with Marathonbet while Spain to win with a clean sheet also appeals at 4/5 with Skybet.

Norway will be faced by some fleet-footed forwards so I like the look of a penalty being awarded at 13/10 with Paddy Power.

This , match between Spain and Norway will be played on Mar 23, 2019 and kick off at 14:00

Alvaro Morata first scorer
13/5
Bet365
Spain to score in both halves
5/6
William Hill
Penalty awarded
13/10
PaddyPower

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