England vs Malta betting preview: Odds and predictions | The Sun

ENGLAND will bid to wrap up the top spot in their Euro 2024 qualifying group on Friday night but what are the best ways of backing them?

Keep reading to discover everything about the game, and uncover the top betting tips.

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⏩ Quick betting tips for England vs Malta

  • England to score a penalty – 8/5 with Spreadex
  • First half the highest scoring half –15/8 with bet365
  • Marc Guehi to score – 9/1 with Sky Bet

England vs Malta odds

Here are the latest match odds for England vs Malta from our top-rated football bookies. Odds are subject to change.

England vs Malta betting preview

England may have already qualified for next summer’s Euro 2024 tournament in Germany but there is still something riding on Friday’s match against Malta.

Gareth Southgate’s men will now bid to nail down a seeding for next month’s draw.

One more point will secure first place in the group but they also need to be one of the best five pool winners if they are to join hosts Germany in the top pot of seeds.

So, results are still needed against Malta and, on Monday. North Macedonia.

That said, whipping boys Malta (seven losses from seven games thus far) should be defeated by whatever side Southgate puts out so we can expect a bit of experimentation from the England boss.

They’ll still win at odds of around 1/100 but, if there is an XI sent out which hasn’t played together before, then the bookies’ expectations of England scoring 5+ may be built on shaky ground.

With England so short, it’s the usual case of trying to dig out some value betting angles.

Hopefully, we’ve managed to do that below, with the best bet arguably the first half to be the highest-scoring half of this game.

Read on to find out exactly why…

England vs Malta key stats

  • Twenty-one of Harry Kane’s 61 England goals have come from the penalty spot.
  • Kane has scored seven goals in Euro 2024 qualifying so far. Only Romelu Lukaku (10) and Cristiano Ronaldo (9) have more.
  • Bukayo Saka has scored four goals in his last two Wembley appearances.
  • Malta captain Steve Borg has been shown a card in five of his last 10 internationals.
  • Malta have lost all seven qualifiers in the current campaign, five of them without scoring, including the reverse fixture which England won 4-0.

England vs Malta best bets

Find our best bets for the England vs Malta game below. Odds for the bets are provided by the best sportsbooks per our expert reviews. Odds in the bettings tips are subject to change.

England to score a penalty (Spreadex)

Malta have conceded four penalties in their seven qualifiers so far and one suspects the ball will be in their area quite a lot in this match.
England won plenty themselves – five in their six qualifiers, scoring them all. There were two given in the reverse fixture.

We’ve also got a referee used to pointing to the spot. Luis Miguel Bruno Godinho has given five in his five Portuguese league games this season, while last season 20 of his 35 games in all competitions featured a spot-kick.

Harry Kane to score a penalty looks good if you can get a price (and he actually starts) but with no such market available at the time of writing, England to score a penalty will do just fine at 8/5.

⚽ Back England to score a penalty at 8/5 at Spreadex ⚽

First half the highest-scoring half (bet365)

This smacks of a match where there will be a raft of experimental changes either at halftime or, more likely, after about an hour so it would be no surprise to see a disjointed England later on.

They got things done early in the reverse fixture in which they led 3-0 at halftime before netting only one more goal after the break.

England, who still need a strong result as they chase a Euro 2024 seeding, have actually seen this bet land in four of their six qualifiers so far, while for Malta it’s four of seven.

Anything around the 2/1 mark looks good.

⚽ Back first half to be the highest scoring half at 15/8 at bet365 ⚽

Marc Guehi to score (Sky Bet)

With England already qualified, Gareth Southgate will likely look at a few fringe players in this one and so it’s hard to be confident about who will start.

However, Guehi didn’t start either of last month’s two internationals so could be given his chance at centre-back here, especially given the absence of John Stones and Lewis Dunk through injury.

He’s been a set-piece target for Crystal Palace in recent weeks, getting a number of shots away, and as long as Harry Maguire doesn’t start, England will need to find an aerial threat that Guehi is capable of providing.

In a market where so many players are a short price, Guehi may be worth an interest.

⚽ Back Guehi to score at any time at 9/1 with Sky Bet ⚽

📺 How to watch England vs Malta

  • Location: Wembley Stadium, London
  • Time: Kick-off is at 19:45 GMT on Friday, November 17
  • Where to watch: Televised live in the UK on Channel 4.

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