England vs Malta: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast
Already-qualified Three Lions face rock-bottom Malta
England are currently savouring a positive spell in their football endeavours, having secured victories in their last three consecutive matches. This winning streak commenced with a notable 3-1 triumph against Scotland. Following that, they clinched a 1-0 victory over Australia and continued their winning form with a convincing 3-1 win against Italy. In their last six international fixtures, England emerged victorious in five encounters, showcasing an impressive goal-scoring record of 19 goals, while conceding only three.
Malta faced a challenging period in their recent three matches, resulting in no positive outcomes. They suffered a 0-2 defeat to North Macedonia, followed by a substantial 4-0 loss to Italy. The streak of defeats continued as they were overcome by Ukraine with a 1-3 scoreline. Over their last six international fixtures, Malta managed only one victory, with zero draws and five losses. Notably, they encountered difficulty on the defensive end, conceding 14 goals while scoring just two during this stretch.
Saturday, 18 November 2023 at 8:45 PM BST (1:15 AM IST)
Location: Wembley Stadium
England (in Euro Qualifier): W-W-W-D-W
Malta (in Euro Qualifiers): L-L-L-L-L
Players to watch out
Harry Kane (England):
Kane is a modern striker, who is extremely dangerous in the opposition box, he is expected to lead Bayern and England for years to come. This year, he has scored a lot more goals in the Bundesliga than the amount of goals scored in the entire season last year. In the Euro Qualifiers, he has 7 goals and 2 assists to his name in the competition.
Paul Mbong (Malta):
Paul Mbong is a 22-year-old promising young player with a lot of potential. He is expected to continue to develop and become a key player for Malta for years to come, he is a quick and agile player with good dribbling skills. He has a sense for goal keeping his age in mind, he has scored 1 of the 2 goals that Malta has scored in the Qualifiers.
- Malta have lost eight of their last ten matches.
- England have enjoyed 13 wins in their previous 20 home games at this level.
- Malta are winless in 11 away games at this level of the Euro 2024, suffering a worrying nine defeats along the way.
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Injury and team news:
Gareth Southgate will have to guide England through the remaining qualifiers without the presence of Jude Bellingham, James Maddison, Stones and Callum Wilson. Nonetheless, this situation offers Cole Palmer, Rico Lewis, and Esri Konsa an opportunity to secure their inaugural caps for the national team.
Malta’s Euro 2024 qualifier against Italy saw influential midfielder Teddy Teuma and striker Jodi Jones missed out of the match due to injury, they are expected to be back in the squad ahead of this match.
Head to Head
Total matches – 6
England wins – 6
Malta wins – 0
Draws – 0
Predicted lineup for England vs Malta:
England predicted lineup:
Pickford; Walker, Tomori, Maguire, Trippier; Phillips, Rice; Palmer, Henderson, Rashford; Kane
Malta predicted lineup:
Bonello; Mbong, Borg, Pepe, Borg, Camenzuli; Yankam, Guillaumier, Muscat; Jones, Mbong
Match prediction for England vs Malta:
England is expected to comfortably defeat Malta in their upcoming UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying match. England is currently ranked 4th in the FIFA World Rankings, while Malta is ranked 171st. England have a strong home record, Malta, on the other hand, have a poor away record, losing most of the games away from home. Malta is unlikely to pose a serious threat to England’s goal, and England is expected to win by a comfortable margin.
Prediction: England 3-0 Malta
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