England host Malta at Wembley on Friday night with kick-off at 19:45. The Three Lions have already qualified in style, and beaten Italy home and away in this group, so this match could be a chance to see some squad players perform. Below we’ve taken a look at the match and come up with a Bet Builder for you to consider.
Gareth Southgate has called up Chelsea’s Cole Palmer, Aston Villa’s Ezri Konsa and Manchester City’s Rico Lewis to his squad after Lewis Dunk, James Maddison and Callum Wilson withdrew through injury. Levi Colwill and Jude Bellingham have also been sent home to continue their recoveries, so we may see a rotated XI for this game against Malta.
Jodi Jones is enjoying a superb season for Notts County in League Two and will represent Malta at Wembley. He is their only player to play for an English club, while Teddy Teuma currently turns out for Reims in France.
England are 1/66 to win this game on home soil, while Malta are rank outsiders, priced at 66/1. A draw can be backed at 16/1, while BTTS is 7/2 and over 2.5 goals is 1/6.
England HT/ England FT
This game should be relatively straightforward for England. They’ve already proven in this qualification campaign that they are an elite side, and they haven’t lost in 2023. In the reverse fixture against Malta, they secured a comfortable 4-0 victory with goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Kane and Callum Wilson. Two of those were penalties but the Three Lions dominated the game, with 66% possession and eight shots on target.
They will win this game against Malta, and there is absolutely no value in back them to do so outright. However, having them to be leading at half-time and win the game can be added to the bet builder to boost our odds.
Over 4.5 goals
England scored four goals in Malta, and are going to want to impress an expectant Wembley crowd here. If we consider that the fringe members of the squad that get gametime will be desperate to impress, we can expect another big home win here. Southgate’s men scored seven at home to North Macedonia and beat Italy 3-1 last time out. When you consider we cannot know exactly who will be on the pitch, it makes sense to back the team to score over 4.5 goals.
England to keep a clean sheet
Malta didn’t register a single shot in the reverse fixture. Not even one off target. England will have even more of the ball on home soil and Malta are unlikely to make it out of their half, let alone manage a shot on target, or a goal. England should win this match to nil quite comfortably.