Reasons for betting on Malta vs England tip
England is traveling to Malta to face the home nation and to pick up 3 valuable points. They will be looking to resolve this matter quickly and to save strength for the derby of the round with Slovakia three days later. The hosts have only one mission, and that is to put up a good fight and not to embarrass themselves in front of the home crowd. One goal would be enough for them, and the whole country would be satisfied.
The highlight for this Mediterrain country in these qualifications was the game at Wembley. Although they lost with 2-0, the guests in that match received many credits for their play. Especially impressive was the goalkeeper Andrew Hogg who was performing wonders in front of his goal. Malta is at the bottom of group F with all 6 losses and only two goals scored. Meanwhile, their defense was not so effective like in England, and they allowed 15 goals.
However, when we look their games, we see that 6 of the previous 7 ended with less than 2.5 goals.
The signature of the Italian coach Pietro Ghedin is all over the team, and in the near future, we might expect for Malta to perform some surprise and put down whole 3 points.
The Three Lions are expecting 6 points in the next two matches. Gareth Southgate and boys have a chance to finish these qualifications because they play with their main rival after the game with Malta. The clash against Slovakia is crucial for the whole cycle. So far England has played 6 games, showing excellent defense and keeping the clean sheets in 4 of them. Also, in 4 events Albion has scored 2 or more goals. Gareth Southgate prefers to keep his net intact, and we see that the former defender of Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough is successful for now.
Head to head matches
As we already said Malta lost in England in the first leg with 2-0. The scorers for the Three Lions were Daniel Sturridge and Dele Alli.
In their history, Malta and England played 4 times, and the World Champion from 1966 was better each time. The goal difference is also convincingly in favor of the Albion with, 10-1.
Prediction for Malta vs England tip
We do not believe that Malta is going to defend themselves successfully as they did in England. Miracles happen once in a while, and Andrew Hogg is not a caliber who can repeat fantastic performances against the top teams. Over 3.5 goals is something that we believe would be realistic. Southgate will give a chance to some players who didn’t play too much, and they will give everything they have in order to present to the manager in the best possible way. This is why we suggest playing on England to win with a handicap -2.5 goals.