The European Championships 2020 qualification campaign continues with its second round of action this weekend with one of the favourites for the competition next year – Spain – travelling to take on international minnows Malta. The 2008 and 2012 winners of the competition are overwhelming favourites for this clash.
Where and when: Ta’Qali National Stadium, Ta’Qali – 26 March, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Malta vs. Spain: William Hill, Sky Sports
Last time: Spain have won all six of their previous meetings against Malta, including a 12-1 victory in December 1983 in Seville. Their last meeting was a 4-0 success in 1997.
|Over 4.5 goals||11/8||Offer|
|Both teams to score||3/1||Offer|
|Spain to win both halves||4/11||Offer|
Malta vs. Spain Predictions and Preview
Spain have suffered a disappointing year following on from a chaotic World as they also failed to reach the inaugural UEFA Nations League finals.
Luis Enrique’s side secured an impressive 2-1 win away in England and 6-0 thrashing at home to Croatia but their campaign fell apart with a 3-2 loss at home to England before losing by the same score line in Croatia, but are strong favourites to top this group.
Malta are firm outsiders in Group F – which also contains Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands and Romania – and are a side without a win in 16 games while they have one just once in their last 33 matches – stretching back to June 2015.
You can find Both Teams to score at 3/1 – a tempting bet with Malta scoring in five of their last six games.
One to watch for Malta: Malta’s all-time leading goalscorer Michael Mifsud, who has 42 international goals, is now in the 19th year of his international career. The former Coventry striker is now at Birkirkara in his homeland.
One to watch for Spain: Alvaro Morata has not scored in his last seven international appearances but is revitalised since joining Atletico Madrid on a long-term loan deal from Chelsea – scoring three in his last five outings.
Long shot: Malta have scored just seven times in their last 16 internationals while Spain needed a late winner to beat Bosnia last time out. Odds of this game to finish scoreless are at 45/1.