Norway look to stun reigning champions once again

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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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Richard Marsh

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