This game is going to be fun. Means nothing for either team for quarterfinals security and not much in terms of favourable crossover potential either. Group D looms, and whichever teams finish first or second will be formidable opponents.
The question I was asked probably 20 times on Saturday night is - Will Norway try against Ireland? Every time I answered the same thing: of course we will, why wouldn't we? We're 4-0, they're 4-0. They're a good team, we're a good team. They don't like us, we don't like them.
Ireland can score goals, there's no denying that fact. But Norway's entire strategy has always been about defense first. If we let Ireland score early then it will turn into an embarrassment, and I HATE being part of those games. The one thing to watch for will be whether or not it gets chippy. Even one bad challenge could set this game off. Nobody wants to let a meaningless game get dictated by the other team and if anyone decides to take liberties then I expect immediate retribution.
This will be a fun game to watch: 4-4 tie.