Malta – England: Preview & Prediction
With six consecutive defeats, Malta has no hope of getting into the fray. Thus, the final rounds are mere table-top and platform testing for a team that got its first win in June after almost two years of fasting. On day 6, beat Ukraine, by 1 to 0, in friendly. The previous success happened on July 6, 2015 against Lithuania, 2-0, also in friendly.
The current form of England
England, in addition to the duel against Malta, will face Slovakia in the second match of the penultimate double round of the European qualifiers and for the first time in a long time will have no controversy involving striker Wayne Rooney.
Due to the athlete’s recent poor performance, Rooney had his name involved in verbal duels among analysts. Those opposed to his presence in the selection, fired against summons considered undeserved. The supporters of the great idol of national football protested when he was left out of the starting lineup.
Dismissed by Manchester United at the end of last season and living a honeymoon period with Everton, his heart club, the athlete solved that problem for coach Gareth Southgate. He announced his retirement from the selection.
Without having to deal with the situation, Southgate called 28 athletes for the next two matches. One of the novelties was Nathaniel Chalobah, often summoned to selections of the divisions of base. You will win your first chance on the main team.
Another young man named was Harry Maguire, recently hired by Leicester City. Everton’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, another U21 side, was also called up for the first time.
Among the veterans, the ‘novelty’ was the convening of Danny Welbeck. The Arsenal athlete had not been called since March 2016. Whoever was left out was Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana but not at the coach’s option. He’s hurt.
The players summoned for the duels were:
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Joe Hart (West Ham United, loaned by Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Jordan Pickford (Everton).
Defender Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Chris Smalling Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City).
Socks: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion), Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain , Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).
Attackers: Jermain Defoe (AFC Bournemouth), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) and Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).
History of the matches
The English won all four matches against Malta. In the first round of the qualifiers for Russia 2018 scored 2 to 0.
Malta – England: Betting Tips
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 5.50
Over 2,5 goals – Odds: 1.36