EURO 2020 – UEFA European Qualifiers – Malta vs Norway Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Malta vs Norway kick off? Monday 18th November, 2019 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is Malta vs Norway being played? Ta'Qali National Stadium

What TV channel is Malta vs Norway on? This match will be shown live on Sky Sports Football (red button)

Where can I stream Malta vs Norway? This match will be streamed live on the Sky Go app

Where can I get tickets for Malta vs Norway? Tickets can be purchased at the stadium on the day of the match

THE TEAM NEWS

MALTA

  • After opening their qualifying campaign with a morale-boosting 2-1 victory over Faroe Islands, Malta have since lost their last eight matches without scoring a goal and they have conceded 24 goals in the process.
  • They were heavily beaten 7-0 on Friday night by a motivated Spain side who were enjoying the opportunity to rack up some goals although there was some questionable goalkeeping at times which did not help their cause.
  • They are boosted by the availability of Steve Borg after he missed the Spain game through suspension so he will come back in to add some much-needed defensive solidity to them, while veteran striker Michael Mifsud could come back into the attack after he was spared from the fruitless Spain game.

NORWAY

  • There have been plenty of positives for Norway during this qualifying campaign with the emergence of some exciting young talents like Odegaard and Haaland but they have ultimately paid the price for drawing too many matches as five of their nine have been tied.
  • They showed great motivation on Friday night to rack up some goals and get back to winning ways against Faroe Islands in a 4-0 win and they will look to do the same here to boost their confidence further.
  • They are without a wide range of players as captain Stefan Johansen, Havard Nordtveit, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Martin Odegaard all withdrew from the squad through injury but they are likely to rotate for this final game to give some playing time to fringe players.

THE PREDICTION

Draw specialists Norway have only lost one match in this entire qualifying campaign but at the same time, the only teams they have managed to beat are Faroe Islands and Malta. They have won the previous three matches against those teams without conceding, and they will look to do the same here while racking up some goals with no pressure on them. Even with rotations, they should still have too much quality for the home side who are struggling badly right now off the back of a 7-0 loss in Spain and have not scored in their last eight games.

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