Malta v England Betting Tips

Publish: 24.11.2017

The domestic football season has only recently got underway in England but it is already time for the Premier League and Championship to take a break for World Cup qualifying fixtures.

For England, that means hosting Slovakia on Monday but not before a trip to Malta on Friday night.

England are as short as 1/40 with some bookies and there is almost no chance of anything other than a win for Gareth Southgate’s men. However, the England manager will demand a committed performance from his players as they look to take one step closer to the World Cup in Russia.

Top Betting Tips

England -2 goals at 8/13 with Betfair

England to win both halves at 59/100 with Marathonbet

England to win 4-0 at 11/2 with Paddy Power

Harry Kane to score first at 12/5 with Bet365

 

Betting Analysis

The best price you can get on England winning is the 1/20 that Ladbrokes are quoting. Unless you’ve got a huge betting balance and are looking to buy money, there is little point getting involved at those odds.

However, there are ways to make a decent return from an England win if you get a little more creative.

The first place to turn is the handicap markets. England have only once beaten Malta by more than two goals but the gap between the two teams and the desire for the England players to get a place on the plane to Russia should see a comfortable win for the Three Lions.

So, back England to win the game with a -2 goal handicap at odds of 8/13 with Betfair.

Another way of profiting from an England win is by backing Southgate’s men to win both halves which is available at 59/100 with Marathonbet.

If you’re looking for a significantly bigger pay out from an England win, try a bet on them winning 4-0 which is 11/2 with Paddy Power.

Harry Kane to score first at 12/5 with Bet365

Harry Kane to score first at 12/5 with Bet365

Harry Kane has endured a frustrating start to the Premier League season. Tottenham’s problems at Wembley have continued from last season while Kane himself has seen his own troubling record of never scoring a Premier League goal in August continue.

He’ll try not to pay too much attention to that record in August but privately he’ll be happy to see the season move into September.

With Kane desperate to get his goalscoring underway in the new season, he looks a good bet to score first at 12/5 with Bet365.

Key Battles

Malta are realistic. They understand that they’ve got next to no chance of picking up the three points against England but don’t think that’s going to stop the home side from doing all they can to frustrate the visitors.

Malta have lost all of their qualifying games to date but none of their last five matches have seen them beaten by more than two goals.

We think that the score line will look for comfortable for England come the end of the game at Ta’ Qali National Stadium but not unless they work hard for the win.

Expect Malta to sit deep behind the ball in an attempt to limit the space and time afforded to England’s players. England will need to be patient and take their chances both in terms of picking out key passes and finishing off moves when they get a chance to shoot.

Match Stats

  • This game pits the top team in Group F against the bottom team
  • England are unbeaten from their six games and have 14 points to their name
  • Malta have lost all six of their games having conceded 15 and scored just two
  • Malta have lost their last 10 World Cup qualifiers while England are unbeaten in all qualifiers since losing to Ukraine in 2009
  • Nine of Malta’s last 10 World Cup qualifiers have seen them concede at least two goals

Predicted Line-Up

Malta – Hogg; Agius, Borg, Z. Muscat, A. Muscat; Kristensen, Failla, Fenech, Pisani; Effiong, Schembri

England – Butland; Cahill, Jones, Keane; Bertrand, Walker, Henderson, Dier; Alli, Vardy, Kane