Norway look to stun reigning champions once again
The 2013 Women’s European Championships have yielded plenty of surprises, none more so than Norway’s run to the final, given their dismal pre-tournament form.
One constant throughout the tournament has been reigning champions Germany, calmly steering their way through to a sixth successive final that they are 4/7 to win in 90 minutes.
Four years ago they hammered England 6-2, and in 2005 they beat this year’s opponents Norway 3-1 in the showpiece.
But there’s much to suggest that Germany won’t be able to enjoy such a comfortable win this time however.
Norway are 9/2 to win in 90 minutes, but arrived in Sweden having lost each of their last four matches prior to the tournament.
They have plenty of pedigree in these Championships being two-time winners however, and have reached at least the semi-finals in each of the last four tournaments.
The Scandinavian side have also already beaten Germany in this competition, coming out on top in their Group B clash 1-0 to top those standings.
A repeat result can be backed at 11/1, and that might attract attention considering Norway have scored just a solitary strike in three of their four matches thus far.
Silvia Neid’s German side haven’t faired much better in front of the net either, after seeing off Iceland 3-0 in their opening match, the seven-time champions have scored just two in their last three.
As such, a 1-0 win for the favourites at 5/1 in what has been a largely goal shy tournament could prove rewarding.
Both sides have been involved in one draw in the tournament, and a draw in the final can be backed at 11/4.
Germany are 2/7 to lift the trophy, with Norway are 5/2, a price perhaps worth considering after they saw off Denmark on penalties in the previous round.
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