Malta vs Scotland
European Qualifiers – 2018 World Cup
Date: Sunday; 4-September-2016
Kick-off: 19:45 UK
Venue: Ta’ Qali National Stadium (Malta).
Malta and Scotland will kick off their World Cup qualification game Europe version on 4th of September at Ta’Quali National Stadium. Malta national team were among the missing teams in European Championship this summer, as they failed to qualify.
Malta rocked bottom of the table in their group that consist, Croatia, Italy, Azberjian, Bulgaria and Norway with just 2 points. They have been on a poor form, and have never won a game in 2016. The Mediterranean boys will be looking forward to a win or a draw to start this campaign on a good note.
On the flip side, Scotland also failed to qualify for the European Championship in the summer. They only managed 15 points in a group that has Gibraltar, Poland, Germany, Republic of Ireland and Georgia. Their best games of the round was the home and away win over Gibraltar, they scored 6 goals at each ground and conceded just one goal at home. The Scottish boys will be hoping for a win against a low rated Malta side.
Malta vs Scotland: Head-to-Head
Scotland have enjoyed dominance over their host in their past events, they have won all 4 of their previous meetings. Three of Scotland’s victory over Malta have all come on Mediterranean soil. Also, the Scottish boys have scored 10 goals against Malta and conceded 3. However, the two teams have not met for almost two decades now. They last played against each other in 1997.
Malta vs Scotland: Prediction
Malta enter this game as the underdogs though they are playing on home soil. They last won a game in June 2015, and has since been winless for 10 games. They have only managed 3 draw in the 10 games and lost 7. Their last game was a 1-1 draw against Estonia on Wednesday.
Scotland a way much better than their host, having won 3 of their last 5 games and lost 2. They have also kept clean sheet in 3 of their last 5 games. However, the Scottish boys were brutalized in their last game by France in a 3-0 defeat on french soil.
I predict a win for Scotland, also i expect the Scottish side to keep a clean sheet.
Malta vs Scotland: Betting Tips
Scotland win at 2/5 (1.40)
Over 1.5 goals for Scotland 8/13 (1.61).