Malta vs Romania
EURO 2020 Qualification
Date: Monday, 10th June 2019
Kick-off at 19.45 UK/ 20.45 CET
Venue: Ta’Qali National Stadium (Ta’ Qali).
Both these sides have registered a win apiece while losing their other tie. As a result, with three points on the board for either, the teams enjoy the third and fourth positions. The presence of Spain and Sweden in the mix has played a role in this arrangement.
Malta managed to win against the whipping boys of the group, Faroe Islands, but it took some doing. Though the squad recorded an early goal, the island nation fought back valiantly and delivered a whole lot of problems in the second half.
In the 62nd minute the hosts, Malta, was reduced to ten, and a subsequent penalty was awarded. Luckily for them, Faroe missed. Later the home team added a goal, courtesy another penalty. Though the visitors registered a goal in the injury time, it was too late and too little.
Against this same team, Faroe, Romania recorded a huge win. They took control of the game right away and raced to a three-goal lead by the half-hour mark. Islands tried to take back some control with aid of a penalty goal, but the 64th-minute goal by the hosts put the tie to a rest.
The losses experienced by these teams came against the best of Group F. Malta could not employ their home advantage well against previous Euro as well as World champions Spain. Alvaro Morata was the unlikely hero for the guests.
Romania was done on the road by Sweden with a clinical 2-1 win.
Malta vs Romania Head-to-head (h2h)
- These two teams have not played each other yet.
Malta vs Romania Prediction
Despite the home advantage, Malta is a huge underdog in this tie. Seldom does wins come for them, that in their last 40 match-days, only thrice have they experienced victories. If not for being pitted against Faroe Islands, they would have been utterly winless in their last 18 games.
Even at home, the story has been not that different. Their last 20 fixtures at home delivered just two wins, with one being the recent one against Faroe, while the one before that coming in 2015.
On the other hand, Romania has lost just once in their last 12 ties, and the sole loss was against Sweden. They also managed to record eight wins during this stretch. On the road, the team avoided a loss in five of their last six attempts.
As things stand, expect an easy win for the visitors.
Malta vs Romania Betting Tips
EH: +1 for Malta; Romania to Win @ 1.67 (2/3)
Half Time/ Full Time: Romania/ Romania @ 1.80 (4/5).