New Zealand Women vs Norway Women Predictions

New Zealand Women vs Norway Women predictions for Thursday’s Women World Cup clash. Who will win this first match at the Eden Park in Auckland. Read on for all our free predictions and tips.

New Zealand Women vs Norway Women
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New Zealand Women vs Norway Women Predictions

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Key Stats
– New Zealand are seeking their first-ever win in the Women’s World Cup in their sixth appearance.
– Norway have made it to the semi-finals in four of the first five Women’s World Cup finals.
– Ada Hegerberg, Norway’s key forward, has already scored 43 goals for her country.

As co-hosts of the prestigious 2023 Women’s World Cup, New Zealand’s women’s team are gearing up to face Norway’s formidable women’s team in the inaugural match. The venue, Eden Park in Auckland, is likely to bristle with excitement as the tournament gets underway. Awaiting their sixth shot at the world stage, New Zealand are filled with anticipation. Contrarily, Norway are a veteran participant, boasting an attendance record unbroken since the inception of the Women’s World Cup.

Home Ground and Expectations

New Zealand, having been named the tournament host in 2020, carries the weight of expectation. They are not only representing their country but also embodying the spirit of the tournament. Their primary objective, however, is to secure their first-ever win in World Cup history. The odds seem to be stacked against them, with their previous World Cup exploits culminating in three draws and 12 losses.


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Recently, their form has been patchy, with a mere single win from the last 12 games. A glimmer of hope came from their 2-0 win against Vietnam in a warm-up match, thanks to the goals from Catherine Bott and Jacqueline Hand.

Norway’s Previous Experiences

Norway, however, are looking for redemption after an early exit in the previous European Championships. Despite their commendable record of reaching the semi-finals in four of the first five World Cup finals, the last three tournaments saw them struggling to replicate their past glory. Nonetheless, they are the highest-ranked team in their group, lending them an edge in confidence for the knockout stages.

Key Players

New Zealand’s squad boasts a mix of seasoned veterans and upcoming talents. Record appearance holder Ria Percival and Victoria Esson, the anticipated starting goalkeeper, are among the key players. Hannah Wilkinson, who netted six goals in 14 A-League games last season, is expected to be their key striker.

For Norway, the spotlight is on Ada Hegerberg and Caroline Graham Hansen. Hegerberg, a prolific forward, will be expected to add to her tally of 43 goals for Norway. Barcelona winger Hansen is another critical player in Norway’s offensive plans, bringing her ability to outmaneuver defenders and create scoring opportunities.

Match Predictions

The betting market for the win-draw-away prediction suggests Norway, as the more experienced and higher-ranked team, will likely secure a win despite New Zealand’s home ground advantage and desire to give a memorable performance for their supporters.

For the correct score prediction, considering New Zealand’s recent lacklustre performance and Norway’s superior attacking prowess, a 2-0 victory in favour of Norway seems plausible.

In terms of the goalscorer prediction, given her impressive goal record, Ada Hegerberg seems primed to score during the game. Additionally, she may also be a potential candidate for the first goal scorer.

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