Sweden vs Malta go head to head in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Friday 7th June at the Friends Arena in Solna. There have been plenty of goals in Sweden games so far, and they’ve taken four points from a possible six.
Malta are off the mark, and defended well against Spain for large periods of the game. They’ll be looking for frustrate their hosts in this one and you can see our betting tips and predictions below.
Sweden to win – 1/20
Draw – 16/1
Malta to win – 45/1
Kick Off Time: 19:45pm
Date: Friday 7th June 2019
Competition: Euro 2020 Qualifiers
Venue: Friends Arena (Solna)
Sweden are set to start this game as long odds-on favourites, and they will be expected to breeze past Malta in this Euro 2020 Qualifier. Their games have been relatively entertaining so far in this competition with a 2-1 home victory over Romania followed by an eyecatching 3-3 draws with near-neighbours Norway in Group F. They have plenty of goals in the side, and they’ll be looking to strike early against their visitors. Malta are far more effective on home soil, and restricted Spain for large parts of their recent meeting, but they are far more open on their travels, and their previous trip to this part of the world ended in a 5-0 defeat to Finland. I don’t expect Malta to get battered here, but they are likely to be outclassed, and a professional and comfortable performance from Janne Andersson’s men is highly likely.
Seattle Sounders midfielder Gustav Svensson is one of the more surprising call-ups to the Swedish squad, and he is likely to play some part here. He has recently recovered from a hamstring problem, and hasn’t featured much in the MLS, but has been deemed fit enough to join Janne Andersson’s men in Solna.
Swedish fans are rightfully excited about the prospect of Alexander Isak, who has flourished on loan at Willem II this season. The Borussia Dortmund striker has been tipped for a bright future in the game, and this is exactly the kind of game in which he may be given some minutes on the pitch.
A number of the usual suspects including Mikael Lustig, Emil Forsberg and Robin Quaison are all included.
38-year old captain Michael Mifsud will not feature for Malta on Friday night as he continues his recovery from a recent injury. Other players to drop out of the squad include Ryan Fenech and Leighton Grech, both of whom play domestically.
There are just two new faces in the squad with Dexter Xuereb and Triston Caruana both hoping to get some minutes under their belt.
A number of Swedish players are odds-on to find the back of the net in this game including the aforementioned Alexander Isak. However, preference goes for Robin Quaison, who has netted in both Euro 2020 qualifiers so far. Alongside Viktor Claesson, he has been in great form for his country, and will be looking to add another one to his tally here.
The Mainz man has scored nine goals domestically this season, and is always a threat. He is fifth in the betting, and the first Swedish player to be odds-against, and therefore is worth backing. Janne Andersson’s system clearly benefits his style of play, and at 21/20 with Bet365, he is definitely a good anytime goalscorer bet in this game.
Malta always set up to be difficult to beat, but away from home, they are often left exposed. They have a number of players who work hard, but the majority of them play domestically, and there is always a stark contrast in ability whenever they face better teams such as Sweden.
Andersson’s men have scored five goals in their first two Euro 2020 qualifiers, and they are looking very handy in front of goal. They are likely to make a fast start, and it should be an entertaining watch for the home fans in Solna.
Malta shipped five to Finland, and found themselves behind as early as the 13th minute. They also conceded early goals on the road to England, Austria and Scotland, and Sweden should be able to add their name to that list.
Sweden to be ahead as early as the 30th minute may be odds-on, but it looks an excellent way of approaching a heavily one-sided betting market. It is 7/10 with Ladbrokes, and is our bet of the day for Friday’s game.
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