Malta v England Preview

August 30, 2017 | By

World Cup qualification action on Friday night comes from the Ta’Qali National Stadium and features Malta versus England.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on ITV 1 High Definition with a scheduled 19:45pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Malta v England Preview, World Cup Qualification, 1st September 2017

Malta head into this game on Friday night without any hope of securing qualification to the World Cup Finals next summer in Russia as they currently occupy bottom of the group table having failed to win a game !

However, not much is ever expected from this small island located in the middle of the mediterranean and despite the hosts not being able to qualify they will still hope to put up a resoloute fight to keep the score-line and honourable one.

England currently top the group having won four and drawn two of their six matches played and are two points ahead of second place Slovakia. The England side will expect an easy win on Friday night and I would probably expect manager Gareth Southgate to use this opportunity to play some bench players.

All in all a job still needs to be done, but with the quality of talent that this England side has avaialable in their squad, they should inevitably prove too strong for the Malta minnows to cope with the longer this game goes on.

Malta Team News:

The hosts will probably lineup with the same starting eleven that pulled off that great 1-0 victory away against the Ukraine recently.

England Team News:

The visitors will be without Wayne Rooney as he has now retired from International football, also missing will be Everton keeper Jordan Pickford as he has picked up a slight injury problem.

Harry Kane looks likely to start the game up front alongside either Vardy, Welbeck or Sturridge. Deli Alli should also feature but with the England manager not afraid to experiment with his selections in the past, we could also see a number of new faces handed a chance to impress.

Malta v England Head to Head Statistics:

Friday night’s game from the Ta’Qali National Stadium will become the 5th meeting between the two nations over recent years and as we can see from our head to head statistics table below we see that England have a clear advantage having won all 4 with Malta having failed to win any.

01/09/17 WQE Malta – England – : –
08/10/16 WQE England – Malta
2 : 0
03/06/00 FRI Malta – England
1 : 2
12/05/71 ECQ England – Malta 5 : 0
03/02/71 ECQ Malta – England
0 : 1

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

11 Goals have been scored in the previous 4 meetings between the two nations and this provides us with an overall average goals per game statistic of 2.75.

4 of those Goals have been scored in the 2 previous matches played between the two nations with Malta having home advantage and this generates us an average goals per game statistic of exactly 2.00.

Based on both sets of data shown above, it would seem to suggest that this game should see at least a few goals scored on Friday night and the betting market Total Match Goals Scored Over 2.5 looks a good choice here.

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Malta v England Recent Form (Left to Right)

Malta: L L L W L

England: D L W D L

England head into this game with a slight advantage on the recent form statistics having managed to win one, draw two and lose two of their previous five matches played, compared to Malta who have won one and lost four of their previous five matches played.

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Malta v England Match Betting Odds Market

Malta are not given much of a chance to win this game on Friday night with a best price available of 55/1 with BetVictor – Bet £10 & Receive £60 Free Bets Bonus when Registering a New Account.

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Malta v England Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Malta are not given much of a chance of causing an upset going by what the online bookmakers have both sides priced up as to win this game on Friday night, but the hosts will no doubt have received a huge boost of confidence with the recent victory against the Ukraine and England will need to be very careful as not to under-estimate their opponents in this game.

However, England do have a far superior squad than Malta and with just three matches of the group left to play after this game an important three points here would put England in a very strong position to qualify for the finals next Summer.

Onto some predictions then and my Banker Free Tip will be for England to Win Both Halves as although England are no real price to get on to win the game outright, this betting market does represent value as I fully expect England to go looking for an early goal in an attempt to quash any kind of hope that the Malta players might of had prior to the game starting.

My First Goalscorer Free Tip will be for Harry Kane to Score the 1st Goal in this match as with him having a good record for England, this game provides him with a huge possibility to add at least two or three more goals to his International record and I fully expect him to do this.

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