Friday, April 8, 2011

Portugal Preview - Saturday 3:00 p.m.

This game is hugely important for both Group B teams. For Portugal, its a must-win after that loss to Ireland on Monday night, and for Norway it's vital insurance for the playoffs. The afternoon timing might be a little weird - I can't remember the last time I played an important game at 3 - but this game should be entertaining.

I think these two teams will match up decently well. Both comprise many players who participated in the Men's 3 division in indoor, and those games were competitive. The advantage that Norway will have is it's Division 2 pick-ups, which are absent from the Portugal roster. Don't underestimate the impact a few key players can make.

I'm hopeful that this will be a breakout game for Norway. As the second half against Serbia showed, Norway has the ability to control less-skilled teams. Now it will be a test to see if it can put a game out of reach early. The midfield battle should be the difference - I'm expecting a few Norway goals from that position. Norway wins it, 4-1.

Actual Result: 4-1 for Norway.

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