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Malta vs Russia Prediction & Match Preview



Malta vs Russia Prediction & Match Preview



24 March 2021 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET World Cup Qual

Russia will be looking to make a flying start to their World Cup qualifying campaign when they take on Malta at Ta’Qali National Stadium. 

The Russians aim to recover from an embarrassing 5-0 loss to Serbia in the Nations League, and we are positive that they will leave their hearts on the field. 

Valencia winger Denis Cheryshev has been left out of the squad, and, in his absence, a man to watch in the away team will be Zenit attacker Artem Dzyuba, who has netted 13 goals in the Russian Premier League so far this season.

Malta were producing fine displays in 2020, with the team beating both Latvia and Andorra in the UEFA Nations League, but they will have a mountain to climb against Russia. It has to be noted that this will be the first ever encounter between the two teams in a competitive match.

Malta vs Russia: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Malta Russia played so far 0 matches.

Malta vs Russia Prediction

Malta in actual season average scored 0.79 goals per match. In 14 (87.50%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (43.75%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Russia average scored 1.97 goals per match in season 2021. In 13 (86.67%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 11 (73.33%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Malta boss Ray Farrugia is not expected to make many changes to his starting lineup ahead of the clash with Russia.

Centre-back Zach Muscat could replace Kurt Shaw in defence and feature alongside Steve Borg and Andrei Agius, who is just three caps short of making his 100th international appearance.

Newport County forward Luke Gambin is set to remain in the side along with Jurgen Degabriele, playing in behind lone striker Luke Montebello.

For Russia, Spartak Moscow midfielder Roman Zobnin is ruled out with muscle damage sustained during a Russian Premier League match last Thursday.

With Brazilian-born goalkeeper Guilherme not selected in Cherchesov's 27-man squad, Andrey Lunyov or Anton Shunin will be competing for the number one jersey, with Shunin expected to get the nod.

Striker Artem Dzyuba, who has found the net in three of Russia's last five competitive away wins, is set to start up front ahead of Anton Zabolotny.

Malta possible starting lineup:
Bonello; Aguis, Z. Muscat, Borg; Mbong, Guillaumier, Teuma, Camenzuli; Gambin, Degabriele; Montebello

Russia possible starting lineup:
Shunin; Fernandes, Semyonov, Kudryashov, Zhirkov; Ozdoyev, Kuzyaev; Ionov, Golovin, Miranchuk; Dzyuba