Slovakia – Malta Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips – 27.03.2021

⚽ Slovakia – Malta Predictions

Slovakia – Malta Tips and Odds. March 27, 20:45 World Cup – Qualification.

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  • Sitting #34 in FIFA’s official rankings, Slovakia’s goalless draw away to Cyprus (#100) in their opening World Cup Qualification (WCQ) game means they are winless in three consecutive matches (D2, L1) against nations ranked outside the top 80! Additionally, Slovakia have now (if excluding any ET) failed to score after HT in eight consecutive matches.
  • Usually strong from the off when playing at home, the hosts have kept a first-half clean sheet in six consecutive matches here. That run seems likely to continue, as Slovakia have won each of their previous four WCQ home matches ‘to-nil’, and the most recent came against none other than Malta (3-0).
  • Visiting Malta’s 3-1 home loss to Russia earlier this week saw their winless run stretched to a disappointing 15 WCQ matches (D1, L14), for an all-time record in the competition of: W2, D10, L91. Encouragingly though, that result saw their run of eight international matches without scoring a goal vs nations ranked inside FIFA’s current top 40 come to an end.
  • If the 176th-ranked visitors are to miraculously avoid a seventh consecutive WCQ away defeat, they will have to keep things tight early on, as they have trailed at HT in their previous six WCQ away losses against nations ranked in the top 100. That has also been the case in their previous four competitive H2Hs vs Slovakia across all venues (W/D0, L4).
  • Players to watch: Slovakia’s in-form Ondrej Duda was the game’s last goalscorer in the most recent H2H, while at club level, he has found the net in Cologne’s previous two Bundesliga matches. For Malta, Luke Montebello is still aiming to register his first international goal, but he has scored in all but two of his previous ten club appearances.
  • Hot stat: Each of Slovakia’s previous six home WCQ home games have witnessed over 0.5 goals after the hour mark.
Head-to-head matches: SLOVAKIA – MALTA
08.10.17 WC Slovakia Malta 3 : 0
26.03.17 WC Malta Slovakia 1 : 3
04.09.14 FI Slovakia Malta 1 : 0
15.08.06 FI Slovakia Malta 3 : 0
31.03.97 WC Malta Slovakia 0 : 2

World Cup – Qualification
Slovakia – Malta
Kick-off: March 27, 20:45
Prediction: 1 Half Over 0.5 Goals
Odds: 1.31@Bwin