Malta vs Sweden
Date: Saturday, 12 October 2019
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Ta’Qali National Stadium (Ta’ Qali).
Spain, Sweden, Romania, and Norway are in the hunt for the two qualification spots. To make it precise, disregarding the 2010 World Cup champions, the other three are going after the second and final ticket. In that sense, the Swedes will target nothing but a massive win this weekend despite being on the road.
Malta vs Sweden Head-to-head (h2h)
- Blagult holds a 100% win record against this opponent.
- The last time these two met each other on the pitch was just a month back, and then the Swedish contingent recorded a 3-0 victory.
- Ten of the former twelve fixtures ended in wins to nil for Janne Andersson’s men.
- The last the Falcons scored in front of the home crowd was back in 1985.
- Six of the previous eight fixtures had the Swedes score three or more goals.
Malta vs Sweden Prediction
Ray Farrugia and his boys had opened their campaign at home against minnows Faroe Islands, and this has been their sole win. To be even more precise, it has been the sole unbeaten fixture in the competition to date for the team. Ever since they have lost all of their games, and even more embarrassingly, lost without even being able to score.
As a result, they have scored the least number of goals, even fewer than the absolute worst of the lot, Faroe.
Going on, since 2014, the team has managed a total of just three wins. Including the one in this tournament, the other two had come in June of 2017, and then in June of 2015. In front of the home crowd, the squad remained winless in 17 of their last 18 appearances.
On the other hand, Sweden has lost just once in this qualification run, and this had come against overwhelming favorites, Spain. They have fared comparatively well against all other units in contention, and with them currently enjoying the second spot in the table, progression looks a probable outcome.
But still, the two cavalries below them – Romania, and Norway will give their best in the remaining four match-days, and as such, the guests have no other option but to go in strong for the three points.
Finally, against this opponent, the Blue-and-Yellows hold a 100% win record and have kept clean sheets in ten of the previous twelve meetings. Taking into account these observations, the visitors should come out with flying colors this Saturday.
Malta vs Sweden Betting Tips
To Win to Nil: Sweden @ 1.40 (2/5)
To Score in Both Halves: Sweden @ 1.60 (3/5).