England vs Malta Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification

5th October 2016 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

What would constitute as being a good win for England in this fixture? The Three Lions after the huge failure at Euro 2016 and then the scandal over boss Sam Allardyce who lasted for just one game, need something to put a cheer on the faces of the England fans. They should be able to bag themselves a few goals at Wembley on Saturday when they host their World Cup 2018 qualifying group’s minnows, Malta. Gareth Southgate takes temporary charge of the Three Lions for the next four games starting with this one. He should get off to a winning start. England can’t afford more embarrassment right now.

England vs Malta Odds

England 1/50, Draw 18/1, Malta 50/1

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England vs Malta Betting Tips

This will be the first competitive match between England and Malta. The only time that they faced off before was in a 2000 friendly out at the Ta Qali National Stadium in Valletta. If you’re thinking that the Three Lions won that easily against the minnows, think again because it needed a winner from Emile Heskey in the second half to take a 2-1 win. Not a particularly highlight in England’s history books. Gareth Southgate, who is serving as the interim England manager at the moment, was actually in that match day squad as a sub. So with the Sam Allardyce fiasco behind them, England have to drive forward and Southgate should guide the Three Lions to a home win against the 101st ranked nation in the world. Anything less would see England just about hit rock bottom.

England are looking to build on the 1-0 win that they deserved to take, in their opening World Cup 2018 qualification match out in Slovakia. Adam Lallana was the injury time hero in that game and you have a lot of viable anytime goalscorer options for this game with William Hill, like Jamie Vardy at 1/3, Wayne Rooney at 12/1 and a 4/11 quote on joint favourites Daniel Sturridge and Marcus Rashford. England are as short as a quote of 2/9 to go out and win this game to nil, just to confirm the mis-match that this is going to be. In the correct score market for the game, considering that England are likely to win to nil, England 4-0, England 3-0 or England 5-0 are all trading as 5/1 options, while over 4.5 goals in the game will fetch a quote of 4/5.

Again, what will constitute as being a good win for England in this one? Would 3-0 be good enough for fans? Even though Malta are ranked so lowly in the world, they actually haven’t been hammered by anyone other than Scotland in the last year or so. Just once in their last eleven competitive matches have they conceded three or more goals in a game. That means that during Euro 2016, no-one actually tore them apart. But Scotland hammered them 5-1 in their opening World Cup 2018 qualifying fixture and England fans will simply be going based off that and expecting something similar (Malta did have two players sent off in the match though). Malta are winless in their last eleven matches played (D3 L7) and they have scored in just four of those last eleven. While they have scored a goal in each of their last games (v Estonia and Scotland)they aren’t likely to breach England. This is going to be all about how much they can keep the score down.

England are going to win this one you you have to consider the margin of victory really for some decent value in the match. An England to win by 4 goals or more for a price of 1/2 has to have some appeal. That sounds around the right mark for this one. England will move on to face Slovenia way from home on Tuesday.

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