Malta v England Betting: Hosts out to frustrate Three Lions

Having shown themselves to be fairly stubborn opponents recently, Al Hain-Cole is backing the minnows to avoid a thrashing against the Three Lions

England will be hoping to maintain their grip on top spot in Group F when they travel to Ta'Qali to take on Malta in Friday's World Cup qualification clash.

Two points clear of Slovakia and three ahead of Slovenia, Gareth Southgate's men are overwhelming 1/50 (1.02) favourites with SportPesa to stay in control of the group by coming out on top.

Having never won a World Cup qualifier on home turf, the Falcons are on offer at a lengthy 45/1 (46.00) to do so at the 50th attempt in this one.

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Two of the guests' last three away matches in this competition have resulted in draws, and there are odds of 16/1 (17.00) available on them being held to an embarrassing stalemate here.

While their record in qualification is far from impressive, the minnows have not proved a mere walkover for more prestigious opposition in recent years.

Scotland's 5-1 victory at this ground last September is the only time Pietro Ghedin's side have conceded more than three goals in their last 16 competitive fixtures, and three of those were scored after they went down to 10 men in the 60th minute.

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In fact, they have only conceded more than two goals in a match on three occasions in that 16-game spell, and restricted the Three Lions to just a 2-0 victory when the sides met at Wembley back in October.

Having boosted their confidence with a first win in two years by beating Ukraine in June’s friendly match, the underdogs will certainly back themselves to frustrate the guests once again on this occasion.

Averaging under two goals a game in qualification so far, England appear unlikely to dish out a thrashing against a determined Malta team, who offer good value at 5/6 (1.83) to keep the scoreline to under 3.5 goals.

Under 3.5 goals for a 2pt stake at 5/6 (1.83) with SportPesa
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