Malta vs Scotland Betting Preview – World Cup 2018

3rd September 2016 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

The Scots surely are not going to mess this qualification match up are they? This indeed is a fantastic chance for Gordon Strachan’s men to go out, enjoy themselves, impress and build some confidence and momentum at the start of their World Cup 2018 qualification campaign. They head out to face the minnows of the group Malta and the Scots shouldn’t face too much of an obstacle in this, really this will be all down to them being patient enough to break down the defensive resilience of Malta, which actually isn’t all that bad.

Scotland aren’t a side who produce a high amount of goals and that will be a concern for them of course, but they have Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths in great form at club level at the moment and hopefully that will translate over into a positive return in a Scotland shirt as well over the qualification campaign. But unfortunately he was pulled out of this one with an injury late on and that has left Chris Martin and Steven Fletcher as even money joint favourites in the anytime goalscorer market for Malta v Scotland betting. How big of a blow will the loss of Griffiths be?

Scotland just have to get their heads down, put in a professional and confident display. There is a tough qualification road ahead of them, so getting off to a nice comfortable three points is a nice way to kick things off. The Scots are a price of 11/10 to win to nil and you won’t’ see prices like that on them doing so very often, so it’s worth snaffling up. Because the Scots will expect to come out of this with a clean sheet in tact that would lead you to considering some of the value in the Correct Score market as well where a Scotland 1-0 option is a 4/1 punt and a 2-0 return will get you a 5/1 quote.

Momentum is highly important for Scotland here because they lost some along the way in Euro 2016 qualification, missing out on a play off spot to Ireland. The Scots will go on to square up against Lithuania, Slovenia, Slovakia and England in this group so there is going to be a lot of grinding needing to be done. It is worth looking under 2.5 goals on this game though, because you have the lack of scoring threat from Malta and Scotland aren’t likely to go out and tear their opponents apart at all. Actually, Malta’s defence isn’t all that bad for a minnow.

In their ten games played for Euro 2016 qualification, only in one of them did they concede more than two goals. They only conceded four goals more than Scotland did in their respective Euro 2016 qualification campaign. So they aren’t likely to be blown out of the water by the Scots at all really in this one. Mtala took just the one point away from their five home games during Euro 2016 so the win looks pretty far from being off the board for them. The Scots should be able to grind this one out and make a comfortable start on the road to Russia 2018.

Malta vs Scotland Odds

Malta 7/1, Draw 7/2, Scotland 2/5

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Malta vs Scotland Betting Tips

Back Scotland to come through this, even without the influence of Leigh Griffiths up to. The Scots shouldn’t be failing to beat Malta if they have real ambitions and confidence about making their way to the 2018 World Cup. Look for a clean sheet to happen for the Scots and push for them with some appeal on a 2-0 Correct Score.

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