Odds: Malta 33/1, Draw 23/2, England 1/25
Kick Off: 1945, 01/09/2017
Stadium: Ta’Qali National Stadium
England only managed a 2-0 triumph over Malta at Wembley last October but we’re backing them to enjoy a more emphatic victory in Ta’Qali on Friday.
That scoreline did not do justice to the Three Lions’ level of superiority in London, when Malta keeper Andrew Hogg had the game of his life.
With more clinical finishing expected this time, we’re snapping up 27/20 for the visitors to win by more than three clear goals in our Malta vs England betting predictions.
A Look At Malta’s Betting Odds
Hogg made a handful of world-class saves at Wembley, denying Wayne Rooney, Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard with a brilliant, acrobatic display.
There were also a couple of other sitters pushed wide, though, while Joe Hart was only half-tested once, 10 minutes from time, at the other end.
Malta haven’t been disgraced in suffering six straight defeats in Group F, with 10 goals conceded in the last five of those fixtures.
However, it’s hard to forget Scotland’s 5-1 romp at this venue in the first round of matches and this is a great chance for England to ease closer to featuring at Russia 2018.
We like 11/5 for the Three Lions to prevail 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0 in our Malta vs England betting tips.
A Look At England’s Betting Odds
England will have been content to emerge from their trip to Scotland in June with a point, with Harry Kane snatching a 2-2 draw in stoppage time after a frantic finish to that clash.
That result left Gareth Southgate’s side just two points clear of Slovakia and only three ahead of Slovenia, though, so there is now a need to stamp their authority on this pool.
Joe Hart has endured a rocky start to his season-long loan at West Ham, conceding 10 goals in his first three matches, but is set to keep his place between the sticks.
“Joe will start for us,” Southgate said. “I think he’s our best goalkeeper at the moment.
“I wanted to see how he would respond because he has had a difficult start to the season with his club but I’m pleased he’s in a good frame of mind. Joe has trained really well.
“His performances since I’ve been manager have been very, very good, he’s only conceded two goals in Scotland in this qualifying campaign.”
Rooney’s international retirement was followed by the introduction of Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah and Leicester defender Harry Maguire to add some fresh zest to this settled quad.
With a whole host of young, fit and hungry players involved, we expect England to run Malta ragged in the latter stages of each half.
Looking at the Malta vs England odds, it is Evens for the visitors to score between 30:01 minutes and half-time.
Slovenia 2-0 MALTA
Scotland 2-2 ENGLAND – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Harry Kane
Head-to-head: England 2-0 Malta, Malta 1-2 England, England 5-0 Malta, Malta 0-1 England
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