The Three Lions welcome Malta to Wembley this Friday night. Kick-off is at 7:45pm UK time and England will want to continue their near-perfect qualification campaign. Although England have already ensured they’ll top their group, Gareth Southgate’s team will still be aiming for maximum points this month. Their goal is to be placed in Pot 1 for the group-stage draw. We’ve previewed the upcoming fixture and picked out some betting tips from the latest football odds.
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England have never lost to Malta and they won’t want to start now. Gareth Southgate’s sides are, player-for-player, one of the best international sides in world football. Their qualification campaign has been nearly flawless and they will enter the tournament as one of the favourites. On the other hand, Malta sit bottom of the group having lost all seven matches up to this point.
Southgate does find himself with injury setbacks; Jude Bellingham and Levi Colwill being the most recent casualties to withdraw from the squad. Both players are sidelined due to shoulder injuries sustained while plying their trade at Real Madrid and Chelsea, respectively.
This adds to the earlier setbacks faced by James Maddison, Callum Wilson, and Lewis Dunk, all of whom had already pulled out of the squad due to their individual injury concerns. In response to these setbacks, England have summoned replacements in the form of Cole Palmer, Rico Lewis, and Ezri Konsa to bolster the squad. The two newcomers Palmer and Lewis could get their chance. They certainly have the quality against a struggling Maltese side.
The Three Lions have not lost so far, bagging five wins and a draw in their first six qualifying games. They even beat the European champions, Italy, back-to-back. Given their stellar performance in the first half of the last encounter against Italy, a game where they scored three goals, it shouldn’t be too hard for England to pull off a repeat. Captain Harry Kane, and the entire forward line, are in top-notch form, making it seem like a tough night for Malta.
Looking at the stats, England have the upper hand, and there’s a good chance they could replicate the 4-0 victory from the reverse fixture in this match. Playing on home turf should be a significant advantage for England. In their last game here, the Three Lions made an impressive comeback, overcoming a deficit to secure a 3-1 win against the Italians. That match featured two goals in each half, and when facing Malta, England have the potential to put a few goals away again.
Latest Euro 2024 Qualifier Betting Odds
England stand as the clear favourite at a low 1.19. The prospect of a draw is priced at a higher 14.00, while a Malta victory is the least likely at odds of 19.00. The odds of over 4 goals being scored in the match are set at 1.64, indicating an expectation of a potentially high-scoring affair.
Additionally, individual goal predictions point towards Harry Kane as the frontrunner to score first, with odds at 2.85. Following closely is Ollie Watkins with odds of 3.62 for finding the back of the net first.
England vs Malta Betting Tips
Bet Builder: England to win, over 4.5 goals, and Harry Kane to score anytime @ 2.00
It could be a rout for the in-form England side. They have beaten much tougher opponents than this, and as long as they don’t get complacent, they should put a few goals past this Malta side. Harry Kane has been banging them in for Bayern so he’s likely to bag here.
Cole Palmer to score first @ 5.80
He’s shown his quality at Chelsea, and against slightly weaker opposition, could it be a dream start to his England career here?
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