Tagged as likely favorites to win Group A, Norway had a relatively easy journey to the round of 16 in the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
But the Grasshoppers’ backs were against the wall on Tuesday morning (4 a.m. ET) after a loss to New Zealand in their tournament opener.
If Norway loses to Switzerland, its tournament will be over. And while a draw would technically keep the Grasshoppers’ hopes alive, they would still need some scoreboard help in the final round of matches.
It’s not a situation that any team – especially a team with high expectations – would want to be in.
Can Norway get its tournament back on track on Tuesday?
Norway Vs. Switzerland forecast
(4:00 a.m. ET. FS1)
While Norway is a much better team than New Zealand on paper, there were some red flags for the Norwegians’ offensive against the more practical footballing Ferns – both tactical and intangible.
The good news for Norway is that even though Switzerland are more talented than New Zealand, La Natée plays a more spirited style of football, which should make things a little more comfortable for the Norwegians.
After being appointed as manager of the Swiss national team last year, Inka Grings said he wanted the team to change from one that relied on a strong, structured defense to one that wanted the ball and wanted to attack.
It was an ambitious goal, but welcomed by the Swiss Soccer Federation.
The results were not that encouraging.
While La Natie managed a 2-0 win over the Philippines in their World Cup opener, their first win in 2023 despite a relatively easy schedule, Switzerland have drawn with Poland (twice), China, Zambia and Morocco in friendlies over the past seven months, and lost 2-1 at home to Iceland in April.
Norway had a mixed World Cup performance and a loss to New Zealand did not help, but the Grasshoppers’ position in Group A was clear in the betting market.
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They were massive favorites to win the group, while the Swiss and Kiwis were basically evenly priced. And yet, New Zealand – despite playing in their home country – reached +900 ahead of their match against Norway last week.
Switzerland is only +270 to win on Tuesday.
It is clear that the betting market has overreacted to Norway’s defeat to New Zealand last week. Take a +115 on Grasshopper to keep your tournament alive and don’t be afraid to sneak up on the Norwegian to top the group.
Condition: Norway +115 (Caesar)