Valletta vs Bala Town
Europa League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 27 August 2020
Kick-Off at 19:00 UK/ 20:00 CET
Venue: Centenary Stadium (Ta’ Qali)
The Citizens finished second in the Maltese Premier League to qualify for this competition. Even though they are one of the most successful clubs in Malta, the European record is very poor. In the last season, they reached the second round of the Champions League qualifiers but sent packing by Ferencvaros. But in Europa League, they did their best in European competitions by reaching the third round. But Astana defeated them by a whopping aggregate score of 1-9.
This will be the sixth season of Bala Town in the Europa qualifiers. The best they did in this tournament was reaching the first qualifying round in four of those seasons. In the last edition, they were knocked out in the Preliminary Round by the Tre Fiori, from San Marino. The Lakesiders will be looking to do one better this season as they travel to the capital of Malta.
Valletta vs Bala Town: Head-to-head (h2h)
- These two have never met in any competitive game so far.
- Bala Town is unbeaten in their four previous league matches in Wales.
- The hosts have lost both recent home games in the domestic league.
Valletta vs Bala Town: Prediction
The Citizens have been in good scoring forming domestic competition last year. They had a scoring rate of 1.6 per game in the league. In the Europa League, they have conceded more than twice the number of goals they scored in all previous matches. In eight previous home games in various competitions, they gave away goals even though they won the majority of those matches. Also, most of them had a huge scoreline at the end of ninety minutes.
A similar trend in scoring can be seen in the away matches of Bala Town also. They have scored in seven of their ten previous games on the road and most of those matches produced over 2.5 goals too. So I am backing a high scoring game with goals at both ends of the field this Thursday.
Valletta vs Bala Town: Betting Tips
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.65 (7/11).
Both teams to score @ 1.66 (2/3).