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Slovakia vs Malta Prediction & Match Preview



Slovakia vs Malta Prediction & Match Preview



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

Following a goalless draw with Cyprus, Slovakia play host to Malta in their second group game. 

The Slovaks failed to impress in the opening match of their World Cup qualifying campaign, but they will not have a better chance than this to record their first win of the process. 

Even though experienced midfielder Marek Hamsik is out of contention through injury, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts.

Malta experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-1 loss to Russia, and seeing that Slovakia do not suit the minnows, we do not believe that Devis Mangia’s troops are capable of spoiling Slovakia’s party at Tehelne pole. 

In their last meeting in a competitive match Slovakia outplayed Malta 3-0. In Hamsik’s absence, a man to watch in the away team will be Bundesliga ace Ondrej Duda.

Slovakia vs Malta Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Slovakia Malta played so far 4 matches.
Slovakia won 4 direct matches. Malta won 0 matches. 0 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.75 goals per Match.

Slovakia vs Malta Prediction

Slovakia in actual season average scored 1.45 goals per match. In 13 (86.67%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 8 (53.33%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Malta average scored 0.79 goals per match in season 2021. In 8 (66.67%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 6 (50.00%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

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Slovakia boss Tarkovic is expected to resist the temptation to shuffle his pack for this match, with the bulk of the side that started against Cyprus set to keep their positions.

There could be a change in the final third of the field, though, with Michal Duris potentially coming in for Robert Bozenik in the centre-forward position.

The home side's XI will again include familiar faces in the shape of Newcastle United's Martin Dubravka, Inter Milan's Milan Skriniar and Parma's Juraj Kucka.

As for Malta, Mangia is unlikely to make many changes from the side that started against Russia, with the same back three likely to take to the field, with Joseph Mbong and Ryan Camenzuli in the wing-back positions.

There could be alterations in the final third, though, with Satariano and Paul Mbong both impressing in the second half on Thursday, meaning that the pair could come into the XI.

Steve Pisani is also an option for change in a midfield area, but Matthew Guillaumier is again expected to be given the nod in the middle of the park alongside Bjorn Kristensen.

Slovakia possible starting lineup:
Dubravka; Pekarik, Skriniar, Hancko, Hubocan; Kucka, Hrosovsky, Bero; Duda, Duris, Rusnak

Malta possible starting lineup:
Bonello; Shaw, Agius, Borg; J Mbong, Kristensen, Guillaumier, Camenzuli; Teuma, Satariano, P Mbong