Scotland – Malta: Preview & Prediction
This place in the recap is the goal of the Scots, who are in third place with 11 points (three wins, two draws and two losses). For this, however, they can not rely solely on their results. In addition to winning the remaining commitments, they will still need stumbling of the Slovaks who, on Monday, will face England’s favorite.
The duel between Scotland and Slovakia is scheduled for the first round of the final double round of the European qualifiers. It will be on Scottish soil. However, to come with chances for the duel, the Scots can not stumble against Malta.
In a similar situation, on Friday, September 1, they were able to confirm favoritism against Lithuania. Even outside the home, they scored 3-0 to raise to four the undefeated series (two wins and two draws) started with a 2-2 draw against Canada in a friendly held in March.
The athletes available for the confrontation are:
Goalkeepers: Martin Dubravka, Jan Novota and Matus Kozacik;
Defenders: Jakub Holubek, Lukas Pauschek, Lukas Stetina, Milan Skriniar, Norbert Gyomber, Martin Skrtel, Jan Durica, Peter Pekarik, Tomas Hubocan, Kornel Slata and Dusan Svento;
Socks: Filip Kiss, Jakub Povazanec, Marek Hamsik, Vladimir Weiss, Juraj Kucka, Robert Mak, Patrik Hrosovsky, Ondrej Duda, Jan Gregus and Viktor Pecovsky;
Attackers: Marek Bakos, Adam Nemec and Michael Duris.
The current form of Malta
The Malta national team is only scoring in the final three rounds of the qualifiers and is looking to avoid being the worst of the 54 teams in contention. He did not score a point in all seven games. It took 19 goals and made just two.
It has two rivals in this fight not to stay in the general flashlight. Also they did not score the teams of Liechtenstein, San Marino and Gibraltar. In this ‘quadrangular’ Malta takes advantage in the balance of goals. Its negative balance of 17 is higher than that of Liechtenstein (23 negative), Gibraltar (30 negative) and San Marino (32 negative).
As it is very likely that all the selections will complete ten matches in scoring, the balance of goals will indicate which is the worst selection in Europe. Thus, against the Scots, Malta’s goal is even to lose little to maintain their advantage in comparison with the rivals of their level.
On Friday, 1 September, he even managed to hold England for a good period. Only suffered the first goal in the 9 minutes of the final stage. However, a defensive imbalance that allowed the rival two goals and in additions, caused the thrashing 4-0.
History of the matches Scotland vs Malta
In six meetings, Scotland won five of the matches against Malta. That includes a 5-1 win in the first round of the qualifiers. There was still a draw.
Scotland – Malta: Betting Tips
Scotland -3 AH – Odds: 2.00
Over 2,5 goals – Odds: 1.36