Published: 31.08.2017

Malta v England Betting Offers, Odds and Tips

With Wayne Rooney announcing his retirement from international football there is a feeling of a fresh start for England under new manager, Gareth Southgate.

The Three Lions certainly need something new after the embarrassing way in which they were knocked out of Euro 2016 by Iceland.

England have done well enough in their qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup and currently sit right at the top of Group F.

However, with pressure from Slovakia and Slovenia below them, England must take three points from their game against Malta on Thursday evening (local time).

Malta v England Betting Analysis

If you have a massive betting balance and are in the business of trying to buy money at the bookies, you can bet on England to win at a best price of $1.05 with Bet365.

That is not a price which excites us especially but there are other ways of making some profit from an England win.

The first place to turn is the handicap market.

It may be tempting to back England with a three or four goal handicap but don’t get carried away. In four previous meetings, England have only beaten Malta by more than two goals once while in none of Malta’s last five matches have they lost by more than two goals.

We think England will be relatively comfortable in the end but the maximum risk you should take is backing them with a two goal handicap at $1.53 with Centrebet.

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It could also be worth backing England to win both halves at a best price of $1.57 with Sportsbet.

For a bigger pay out, a bet on England winning by three goals looks tempting at $4 with Sportsbet.

Even though England know they are the clear favourites to get the three points, there will be a fair amount of nervous tension in the early stages of the game. The best way of relieving that pressure is by scoring an early goal and England look a good price to score inside the first 15 minutes at $2.85 with Centrebet.

Harry Kane is still to score a Premier League goal in August. The Tottenham striker has endured a frustrating start to his domestic season but he’ll be happy that we’ve now moved into September.

Kane is England’s best striker but like every other player he has to earn his place on the plane to Russia. He’ll be desperate to prove his worth once again and he could well do just that by breaking the deadlock against Malta.

So, bet on Kane to score the game’s first goal at $3.40 with Bet365.

Malta v England Top Betting Tips

England -2 goal handicap at $1.53 with Centrebet

England to win both halves at $1.57 with Sportsbet

England to win by three goals at $4 with Sportsbet

England to score in the first 15 minutes at $2.85 with Centrebet

Harry Kane to score first at $3.40 with Bet365

Key Battles

Malta know that there is next to no chance of them getting the win against England. However, they will still work incredibly hard to stay in the game for as long as possible.

We think that England should be able to get off to a strong start and see the game out but even when Malta concede, don’t expect them to give up.

The Maltese defence will sit deep to try and make England play through them while the midfield will work hard to harry their opposite numbers.

England will have the majority of the ball and Gareth Southgate will hope they’ve got the creativity to break Malta down. However, England also have a wealth of pacey options to take a more direct route to Malta’s goal.

Match Stats

  • Malta haven’t won any of their last 10 World Cup qualifying matches
  • England are unbeaten in any qualifying game since a 1-0 reversal against Ukraine in 2009
  • England have won all of their four previous meetings with Malta, conceding just one goal
  • Malta have only scored in two of their last seven World Cup qualifiers

Predicted Line-Up

Malta – Hogg; Agius, Borg, Z. Muscat, A. Muscat; Kristensen, Failla, Fenech, Pisani; Effiong, Schembri

England – Butland; Cahill, Jones, Keane; Bertrand, Walker, Henderson, Dier; Alli, Vardy, Kane

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