Malta vs Spain Euro 2020 qualifiers – Group F Predictions

Euro 2020 Malta vs Spain
Malta vs Spain Euro 2020 qualifiers

The match is over.
Score: 0-2.

The Euro 2020 qualification campaign continues with a second round of matches as one of the favourites for the competition next year – Spain – travelling to rank outsiders Malta in their second encounter.

Predictions

Spain have suffered a disappointing year following on from a chaotic World as they also failed to reach the inaugural UEFA Nations League finals.

La Roja had secured an impressive 2-1 win away in England and 6-0 thrashing at home to Croatia before a 3-2 loss both away to the Croats and at home to England.

It had been chaotic in the dugout too with Julen Lopetegui sacked on the eve of the World Cup, with former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique now at the helm.

Malta are a side without a win in 16 games while they have one just once in their last 33 matches – stretching back to June 2015.

The visitors will be clear favourites to land a victory here despite not possessing home advantage, due to holding superior form and quality over Malta.

The away side are favourites to win this game and it should be relatively comfortable – a 4-1 triumph for the Luis Enrique’s side would appear a likely outcome from it.

Betting Tips

It is very likely that this game will contain at least four goals– as has been the case in four of Spain’s last five games. They eased to a 6-0 home win over Croatia and suffered a pulsating 2-3 loss at home to England, among some high-scoring games. Malta have been involved in some heavy defeats too, losing 5-0 and 3-1 to Kosovo. 10Bet price over 3.5 goals at 5/9.

This is among the best online betting odds for this round of action because Spain have started games slowly in recent times before coming back later on. Their 1-0 win at home to Bosnia was only secured with a goal in the 78th minute while they also fought back from three goals down at home to England at half-time to lose by just a single goal, while they fell behind on three separate occasions in Croatia. Royal Panda price it at 10/3.

Statistics

Head to Head

Spain have won all six of their previous meetings against Malta, including a 12-1 victory in December 1983 in Seville. Their last meeting was a 4-0 success in 1997.

Stats

  • Spain have only won seven of their past 15 matches across all competitions in a run dating back to November 2017.
  • Malta have scored more than one goal just once in their last 30 internationals – 2-2 v Azerbaijan, September 2015.
  • Malta’s all-time leading goalscorer Michael Mifsud, who has 42 international goals, is now in the 19th year of his international career.
  • Spain’s recent games have been goal-packed, with 22 flying in across their last five outings.
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