Spain have already sealed their qualification to next summer’s European Championships finals and host rank outsiders and basement side Malta in the southern city of Cadiz as La Roja look to seal first place in the group.
Where and when: Estadio Ramón de Carranza, Cadiz– 15 November, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Spain vs. Malta: William Hill, Sky Sports
Last time: Spain won the reverse fixture 2-0 in Malta back in March due to an Alvaro Morata double. That was the first meeting since 1997, while Spain have won all 12 meetings between the two.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Michael Mifsud anytime scorer||16/1||Offer|
|Under 3.5 goals||31/10||Offer|
|Fabian Ruiz anytime scorer||13/10||Offer|
Spain vs. Malta Predictions and Preview
Spain secured qualification for next summer’s championships with Rodrigo’s last-minute goal in Sweden in their last match to secure a point.
La Roja had won all six of their opening group games but draws against Norway and Sweden mean that they must win here to ensure they top the group.
Malta have no chance of qualification – they have just one win and three points from their eight matches to date – their win coming courtesy of a home win over Faroe Islands.
Malta have never qualified for a major tournament and are rank outsiders, although they are currently level on points with Faroe Islands at the foot of the table.
The hosts are strong favourites for this encounter at odds of 1/150 with a Malta victory priced at 100/1 and the draw available at 25/1.
Just two goals went in during the previous meeting in this group while Malta are without a goal in any of their seven matches to date. Spain have scored only one goal in each of their last two matches, so under 3.5 goals at 31/10 appears to be a solid bet with under 2.5 at 15/2.
A ‘double chance’ on Malta to come away with either a draw or a win is available at 18/1 while a Spain win/draw outcome is at 1/2000.
If you fancy the home side to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 1/25.
One to watch for Spain: Midfielder Fabian Ruiz has eight goals for Napoli since joining last year and will be keen to open his account for the national team. He is likely to start here and is well priced at 13/10 to find the net anytime.
One to watch for Malta: 38-year-old Michael Mifsud made his international debut in 2000 and has scored 41 times in 141 appearances – a very credible return – and is 16/1 to score here.
Long shot: Malta are without a goal in any of their seven matches in the campaign to date. Spain have scored only one goal in each of their last two matches. A scoreless draw is at 50/1.