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- Matchday 8 Group G fixture will take place at Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo on Monday (19:45 BST)
- Norway are ranked 2nd in the group with 14 points from 7 matches
- Montenegro are in fourth spot with 11 points
- Norway won at Montenegro 1-0 in their first meeting back in March
Norway are aiming for their second win over Montenegro. (SAVO PRELEVIC/AFP via Getty Images)
Norway’s 1-1 draw with Turkey on Friday has opened the door for Montenegro to snatch the runners-up spot in Group G ahead of the game in Oslo following their 3-0 win in Gibraltar which have put them three points adrift of Monday’s opponents.
Kristian Thorstvedt's 41st-minute equaliser rescued a point for the Norwegians, who are currently ranked second in the group with 14 points from seven matches - two behind leaders Netherlands. Turkey are in third spot with 12 points while the Montenegrins are in fourth place with 11 points.
Friday's stalemate denied Norway their third consecutive win following triumphs over Latvia (2-0) and Gibraltar (5-1). Stale Solbakken's side are now looking forward to getting back on the winning track against a Montenegro side that they defeated back in March. Alexander Sorloth scored the only goal of the game to give the Norwegians a 1-0 win in Podgorica.
However, the visitors will smell an opportunity knowing star striker Erling Haaland is absent with a thigh injury and have nothing to lose bearing in mind a defeat will end their hopes. Midfielder Morten Thorsby will also not feature after picking up a second yellow card in their last game. Also out are Sorloth and Josh King.
The Montenegrins are upbeat following their routine win in Gibraltar with Adam Marusic opening the scoring and Fatos Beqiraj registering a brace. The victory, however, came with a price as Stefan Mugosa and Aleksandar Scekic both sustained injuries and are unlikely to feature here.
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