Saturday, April 7, 2012

France Preview - Saturday 10 p.m.

Time for Norway to put up or shut up. This is the game that will decide the group and if its not close than the Norwegians could have some big problems. After watching France's first two games its pretty clear that they're a solid team and should have no problems making the playoffs.

The zone matchups in this game are what will be the deciding factor. France's strikers are better than Norway's defense. Norway's strikers are better than France's defense. The midfield is pretty close with a slight edge going to Norway. The team that wins this game will be the team whose midfield decides to exert its will and control the game.

On defense Norway needs to mark tight and not allow openings for easy passes. France has the ability to pick apart a team if the space is there and they'll score goals from easy positions if given the chance. Norway needs to win the battles in the air and the six yard box or bad bounces and deflections will see the ball in the back of the net.

On offense Norway needs to focus on the same things as the Greece game. Norway got plenty of chances in that one, just couldn't bury some easy sitters. Lots of shots when the openings are there and Norway should be able to get a few.

I think Norway's midfield plays like its on a mission. Norway wins 3-2.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

5-1 France

Anonymous said...

good luck with your prediction Braden.

Anonymous said...

can't fault a guy for believing.. Can't go in expecting to lose. But Norway will lose this game. France has a defense that is more than capable, with a keeper that steals goals consistently. But their ball control is what keeps teams off the board. Norway will find themselves playing defense for 70% of the game resulting in France taking it 3 - 0

Anonymous said...

when you say your strikers are better than frances defence, which strikers do you speak of?

Anonymous said...

James and Nolan

Anonymous said...

There all bad, Norway is a bunch of rejects

Stefan especially

Anonymous said...

Can someone please put up the scores from yesterday's games, out of town didn't get to see any, thanks

Anonymous said...

even first half. france dominated second half. have to admire norways hard work but france just have better players in every position.

Anonymous said...

Ya Norway is just not good enough

Anonymous said...

France won 4-1
Sudan won 6-0
Poland win 6-0
Ireland won around 10-1
Afghan won 5-3

I may be wrong by a goal or two here and there but those are the winning teams.

Other than a few nice goals here and there, pretty
boring night with a lot of one sided soccer.

Sudan may have been the most entertaining, Scotland actually created dome good chances as well.

Riggs

Riggs

Anonymous said...

France 4 Norway 1
Jamaica 3 Afghanistan 5
Poland 7ish Portugal 0
ROI 11 Serbia 1
Italy 3 south Korea 1

Anonymous said...

Is the above post last nights scores?