North Macedonia vs Malta
Date: 23 March 2023, Thursday
Kick-off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Tose Proeski Arena (Skopje).
North Macedonia begin the new EURO Qualifying campaign on Thursday evening when they host Group C underdogs Malta at Tose Proeski Arena in Skopje.
This is by far the easiest fixture of them all in this group for the hosts who really did not have any luck with the draw.
North Macedonia will need to clinch one of the top two positions past the likes of England, Italy, and Ukraine.
They did stun Italy with a shocking road win in the World Cup Qualification playoffs semifinal before falling to Portugal 2-0 in the final game away in Porto.
We have to praise North Macedonians for the obvious growth in their national team football in the last several years as the team had secured their maiden appearance at a major tournament at EURO 2020.
The team led by Blagoja Milevski did not shine I recent matches, though, as they had a disappointing UEFA Nations League campaign last year.
North Macedonia will go into this off the back of four defeats and a draw in the last five games, a streak that saw them net only two goals in total.
Malta should enter the match in higher spirits after a strong set of results in latest friendlies in September and November last year.
They saw off Israel 2-1 and held Greece to a 2-2 draw before falling only 0-1 to Republic of Ireland in the previous three exhibitions.
It was very interesting to see the visitors replacing the head coach after such a series of results as Malta appointed Michele Marcolini as the new manager at the start of the year.
North Macedonia vs Malta Head-to-head
- It’s been 13 years since these two teams last played each other and back then they drew 1-1 in a friendly.
- North Macedonia have been the dominant side in the history of this matchup in general, winning five and drawing one of the last six H2H meetings with Malta.
- Malta have only managed to find the back of the net twice in the last six clashes against North Macedonia.
North Macedonia vs Malta Prediction
North Macedonia have been struggling for goals in recent friendlies, while Malta will enter the game with an improved confidence after strong displays against Israel, Greece, and Republic of Ireland last year.
We will chase the Under 2.5 goals FT bet at the 1.95 odds, while you can also take the 2.10 odds offered for the hosts to win to nil since North Macedonia still have advantage in terms of quality.
North Macedonia vs Malta Betting Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.95 (19/20)
North Macedonia to win to nil @ 2.10 (11/10) odd.