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Malta vs Ireland Match Preview

19 Nov 2022 07:21    

The match

Malta host Ireland in Ta’Qali, in the two sides’ second and last November friendly international. The Maltese side were positive in their latest game against Greece, holding them an entertaining 2-2 draw. It was the third unbeaten game in four for Malta, who have found the net in eight of their last nine internationals. They have also overseen an upturn in their home performances, having managed to claim the victory in four of their last seven at Ta’Qali.

The Irish side conceded a narrow defeat against Norway, confirming that they are not in peak form at the moment. They have lost two of their last three internationals, managing a meagre two wins in their last seven games. Their biggest weakness however, can be observed in their away encounters. Ireland have won three of their last eighteen away games, losing nine of those and failing to score in eight. On the upside, they have won all of their last three away clashes with Malta, with the caveat being that none of those meetings have taken place after the turn of the century.

Key Statistics

Malta are unbeaten in three of their last four games

Malta have won four of their last seven games

Ireland have won just three of their last eighteen away games

Ireland have failed to score in eight of their last eighteen away games

The bet of our experts

While Ireland are generally the superior side quality-wise in the encounter, they have been on a poor run of form lately added to their ever present woes on the road. Backing Malta on a +1 Asian Handicap is surely the value bet in this one.

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