Ukraine vs Malta
International Friendly Match
Date: Tuesday, 6th June 2017
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Merkur-Arena (Graz).
Ukraine welcome Malta for an international friendly in a neutral venue in Austria. The team under national legend Andriy Shevchenko will be looking to try out as many fringe players as possible against one of the lowest ranked team in World football. They will be heading to Finland for the next World Cup qualifying match on 11th June.
The men in yellow and blue are third in their World Cup qualifying group falling behind Croatia and Iceland by 5 and 2 points respectively. While they are level on points with Turkey on the fourth place. Shevchenko will be keen to keep his key players fit for the crucial match at Finland as the win will be decisive before the qualifiers restart after a long break in September.
Malta are no match for most of the teams in Europe as their last win in all competitions dating back to 2015. They are currently on a six match losing streak, managing just 2 goals during the period. Moreover, they are on zero-points after five matches in a World Cup qualifying group including England, Slovenia and Slovakia. In short, their qualifying campaign is already over.
Ukraine vs Malta: Head-to-head
The friendly on Tuesday will be the first ever meeting between Malta and Ukraine in a football field.
Ukraine vs Malta: Prediction
There is no need to stress the fact that Ukraine will win this won outright and we only need to assess how many goals will be put in Malta’s net. Also, it is very unlikely that Malta will score here, having failed to net in 8 of their last 10 away fixtures.
Ukraine vs Malta: Bet Tips
The best bet for this match is Over 1.5 goals in first-half at 2.05 odds with Ladbrokes.
Alternatively you can back Ukraine to win first-half with a -1.5 Asian Handicap for 2.50 odds.