Group F qualifying for the 2020 European Championship in 12 different countries has a curious first game day behind them. All three matches ended on Saturday evening namely with exactly the same result. Sweden defeated Romania 2-1; Spain also struggled against Norway to a narrow success and Malta started at home against the Faroe Islands with a somewhat unexpected sense of achievement. On Tuesday evening is already the second matchday on the program. At least in the Maltese National Stadium in Ta ‘Qali, this time, there should be a clear affair, because in the direct duel between Malta and Spain, it is not only the quotas, the clear favorite role of the former World and European champion found, but of course also the huge difference in quality. If you some how gonna miss the live match , please go to football highlights after the final whistle to watch all the goals and videos for this event!
Football Betting Prediction Malta vs Spain
Thus, in this unequal encounter, the question of the extent of the success of the “Furia Roja” will have to be asked first. Although coach Luis Enrique is tinkering after the rather inconsistent performances from last year, the Spaniards have enough individual class on offense to crack a semi-professional Maltese defense several times. Already in the Nations League and in the test matches after the messed-up World Cup finals, Morata, Moreno and Co. hinted at their Torgefahr. Especially in the first 45 minutes, the Iberians were hard to break again and again. This knowledge base leads us to believe that in the match Malta vs. Spain a tip on a half-time lead of favorites with at least two goals advantage quite its charm. Do the guests lay the foundation for a runaway victory in the first round?
Malta – Statistics & Current Form
For the Maltese national team, the first international match phase of the new calendar year is already a success. Although the national team from the southern European island state namely in the world rankings only on the 182nd place and thus among other things, behind the “football powers” St. Vincent & Grenadines, Dominica, Chad and Fiji Islands, celebrated the team of coach Ray Farrugia for the start of the European Championship qualification 2020 a surprising home win against the Faroe Islands. These are at least 100 places in front of the Maltese in the FIFA ranking. Their 2-1 win came unexpectedly, with Malta scoring just one point out of the two matches against the same opponent in the UEFA Nations League last term, losing 3-1 in the Faroe Islands. However, on this evening, the football dwarf was not even brought by a half-hour outnumber from the concept and finally made in minute 77 with a converted penalty to 2: 0 for the preliminary decision. The Faroe Islands’ first goal came only in stoppage time, although it must be said that the match may be over when the visitors made their penalty in the 64th minute in the person of Brandur Hendriksson.
With a broad chest and a lot of self-confidence, the team, which has just a single legionary in the squad with Zach Muscat of the Portuguese third division (!) SC Olhanense, wants to put the Spaniards on Tuesday evening at least temporarily in front of problems. However, this is unlikely to be the case, so Malta vs. Spain only a prediction in favor of “Furia Roja” really makes sense. Statistically, this assessment is made clear by the fact that the Maltese – before the 2: 1 against the Faroe Islands – remained 30 consecutive competitive games without a win and had to pocket a whopping 25 bankruptcies (five draws). The last three in a qualifying round was previously from June 2013, when the southern Europeans won 1-0 in Armenia. In the last year of 2018, the shape curve was slightly higher, with four draws and six defeats in ten international matches also said something about the existing in moderation quality of the underdog. After all, only against Finland and Kosovo (each 0: 5) were the red-whites properly under the wheels. Because with Spain now, however, a very different caliber on the world ranking 182nd Waiting, should again indicate that the sympathetic Farrugia Elf is impending a swat. Between Malta and Spain, the tip on a half-time leadership of the former world and European champion with at least two goals ahead has an appealing value.
In terms of personnel, there will be hardly any changes compared to the 2: 1 on Saturday. Only the red-locked center-back Angius needs to be replaced. In the offensive, meanwhile, the hopes rest on the now 37-year-old captain Michael Mifsud, who is with 35 internationals in 121 games by far the most dangerous weapon of the Maltese.
Expected formation of Malta:
➔ Bonello – Mbong, Caruana, Z. Muscat, Borg – Guillaumier, R. Muscat, Fenech – Nwoko, Mifsud, Corbalan
➔ Coach: Farrugia
Last matches of Malta:
⚽ 23.03.2019 – Malta vs. Faroe Islands 2: 1 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽ 20.11.2018 – Malta vs. Faroe Islands 1: 1 (Nations League)
⚽ 17.11.2018 – Malta vs. Kosovo 0: 5 (Nations League)
⚽ 14.10.2018 – Azerbaijan vs. Malta 1: 1 (Nations League)
⚽ 11.10.2018 – Kosovo vs. Malta 3: 1 (Nations League)
Almost the proclaimed new beginning of the Spanish national team at the weekend would have gone really bad in the pants. At home against Norway, the “Furia Roja” did not glory with fame and ultimately had a hard time making the 2-1 win over. Only a safely transformed “Panenka penalty” by captain Sergio Ramos saved the 2010 World Cup champion the three points to the opening match in the European Championship qualifier, after the Scandinavians previously earned a good performance and put by another penalty in the meantime to 1: 1. However, the Iberians’ performance has been weak for long periods, especially considering that coach Luis Enrique’s team has been running in front of home crowd at the Mestalla Stadium in Valencia, with plenty of players getting the chance to compete on a more international scale recommend. The fact is, however, that the automatisms are not yet matched and in the “new” 4-3-3 system not all world-class players could exploit their undoubtedly existing potential. Due to the disappointing performance in many respects, the second competitive match on Tuesday evening in Ta’Qali is certainly of great importance to the team, which sees itself as the title contender for EURO 2020.
On the one hand, the team in transition would certainly do well to win a sovereign and footballing victory with one goal or another. On the other hand, other professionals will probably get the chance to show their skills in the national team. It is quite possible that Iker Muniain, Jaime Mata, Saul Niguez, Rodrigo or Jose Gaya will slip into the starting lineup and give the team a new face. Of course, the quality should still be enough to put the clear outsider in front of his fans in the barriers. A cream day of the Spanish offensive, meanwhile, does not seem to be ruled out for two reasons. First, the Maltese defenses will turn out to be holey and vulnerable at this level. Secondly, the Spaniards get at least two goals in six of the seven internationals after the World Cup in Russia. It was even two goals against Wales, Croatia and England in the first round, which in turn may be taken as an argument to include such a prediction in the betting slip on Tuesday between Malta and Spain.
Expected formation of Spain:
➔ De Gea – Gaya, Martinez, Ramos, Roberto – Niguez, Rodrigo, Ceballos – Muniain, Mata, Moreno
➔ Coach: Luis Enrique
Last matches of Spain:
⚽ 23.03.2019 – Spain vs Norway 2: 1 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽ 18.11.2018 – Spain vs Bosnia 1: 0 (friendly)
⚽ 15.11.2018 – Croatia vs Spain 3: 2 (Nations League)
⚽ 15.10.2018 – Spain vs England 2: 3 (Nations League)
⚽ 11.10.2018 – Wales vs. Spain 1: 4 (friendly)
Malta vs Spain Direct Comparison
So far, there have been six international matches between these two national teams. The Spaniards won all six matches. However, the last direct duel dates from the year 1997, so we do not have to pay special attention to the individual matches. Only the 12: 1 success of the “Furia Roja” in 1983, synonymous with the highest Maltese international defeat, should be mentioned.
Malta vs Spain Our Football Betting Prediction
If we look at the odds in the match between Malta and Spain, it becomes clear that this is a typical clash between David and Goliath. Consequently, it is unnecessary to name the favorite and give a three-way betting recommendation. Instead, it will be of fundamental importance to delve deeply into the matter of alternative betting markets. In the search for a value bet we have found in the half-time segment.
Key facts – Malta vs Spain tips
➔ Malta won on Saturday after winning 30 straight games in a row (25 defeats)
➔ Spain has always scored at least two goals in six of the seven matches following the World Cup
➔ The Iberians have so far won all six direct matches with the Maltese (28: 3 goals)
Top Football Betting Source : Corebet
Although Malta won 2-1 against the Faroe Islands on Saturday, the Farrugia team is one of the most blatant underdogs in European Championship qualifying. The last competitive win of the football dwarf was at least six years ago. 25 of the past 30 matches were lost, not infrequently with some goals difference. The Spaniards, on the other hand, are looking forward to a better performance after their disappointing performance against Norway, which nevertheless gave them a 2-1 win. Due to numerous players, who will wear the jersey of the “Furia Roja” for the first time, there is a correspondingly high motivation, which causes us to give a hint between Malta and Spain that the Iberians already lead after 45 minutes and scored at least two goals to have. Already against Croatia, England and Wales, the Luis Enrique-Elf was very agile in the first half and hit the mark at least twice. So why not against the qualitatively inferior Maltese?
Betting Prediction: Spain & over 1.5 goals 1st HZ