In an attempt to close the three-point deficit to Group C leaders England, Italy will host Malta, who have already been eliminated, at Stadio San Nicola in Bari on Saturday. In their most recent Euro 2024 qualifying match, the Azzurri defeated Ukraine 2-1, while their cellar-dwelling opponents were soundly defeated 2-0 by North Macedonia.
Italy vs Malta
Malta visits Italy in Group C of the Euro 2024 qualifying round. With a game remaining, they trail England by six points in the group standings. With North Macedonia in fourth place and Ukraine in third, both on the same number of points as the Blues, it’s a close group. Although Italy is guaranteed a spot in the playoffs, they would certainly rather avoid having to go that far.
The reigning European champions lost 2-1 against England at home to start their defense. On October 17, the two clubs square off once more, this time at Wembley. The Italians will play a home game against North Macedonia and an away game against Ukraine in their final group schedule.
Malta is currently relegated to the bottom spot in its Euro 2024 qualification group. They have lost all five of their qualifying matches, giving up eleven goals and managing just one goal (at North Macedonia). England defeated them with four goals, but in the previous matches they have only let up two goals in three and only one when traveling to Ukraine.
They have only scored one goal in ten of their last 14 Euro qualifying matches, all of which they have lost. Nobody anticipates anything other than a loss for Malta in this situation.
Italy is the clear favorite in this game, and the odds reflect how unlikely it is that the hosts will lose.
Except for a 4-0 loss to England, Malta hasn’t seen any significant setbacks. They have only scored one goal in five games. Therefore, it could be wise to choose Italy to win a game that will end with a modest score.
Spalletti is assembling his team for the England match. He will utilize this game as a trial run for a few players. However, defeating a Malta squad that has dropped all of its competitive games since June 2022 shouldn’t be too difficult.
If Italy wins in Bari, they will enter this group of games with 10 points. Just behind England’s 13 but vitally ahead of third-place Ukraine on seven points.
The hosts must win this game to maintain their lead over North Macedonia and Ukraine, who are now tied at seven points. They also have a crucial match against England the following week. The Italians might ease up after taking a 2-0 lead because of it. Malta concedes a decent 2.2 goals per game on average, it seems better to back the hosts to win and under 3.5 goals.
Tip: Italy to Win / Under 2.5 Goals
Italy to win – ✅
Under 2.5 Goals – ❌
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