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

THE FACTS

When does Spain vs Malta kick off? Friday 15th November, 2019 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is Spain vs Malta being played? Estadio Ramón de Carranza

What television channel is Spain vs Malta on? Sky have the rights to UEFA European Qualifiers matches in the UK, so it is worth checking the Sky Sports schedule

Where can I stream Spain vs Malta? If the match is televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go

What was the score when the teams last met? Malta 0-2 Spain

THE TEAM NEWS

SPAIN

  • A 1-1 draw in Sweden last month was enough to seal Spain's place in the finals and another point will confirm them as the winners of Group F.
  • Sergio Ramos returns from suspension to captain the side and strikers Paco Alcacer and Alvaro Morata have been recalled, while Isco and Koke are the most high-profile omissions.
  • Wolves winger Adama Traore had been called up to the squad for the first time to replace the injured Rodrigo Moreno but he has now had to pull out himself, with Pablo Sarabia coming in.

Predicted line-up (4-3-3): De Gea; Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Inigo Martinez, Gaya; Rodri Hernandez, Saul, Fabian Ruiz; Rodrigo, Alvaro Morata, Mikel Oyarzabal

Unavailable: Jordi Alba (Injured), Marco Asensio (Injured), Dani Ceballos (Injured)

Doubtful:

MALTA

  • Malta are bottom of Group F having lost all of their last seven games without scoring a single goal, and they have never won an away European qualifier.
  • Manager Ray Farrugia has selected a 24-man squad, handing first call-ups to young goalkeeper Rashed Al-Tumi and midfielder Brandon Paiber.
  • Centre-back Steve Borg is suspended after collecting his third booking of the campaign against the Faroe Islands so either Jonathan Caruana or Karl Micallef will start.

Predicted line-up (4-5-1): Bonello; Z. Muscat, Agius, J. Caruana, Mbong; R. Muscat, J. Grech, D. Vella, Mifsud, Fenech; Nwoko

Unavailable: Borg (Suspended)

Doubtful:

THE PREDICTION

It will be a case of damage limitation for minnows Malta, who have not registered any goals or points since their opening win over the Faroe Islands. Spain have conceded just one goal in their three group games at home and their defence should not have much work to do here.

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