It’s England vs Malta this Friday and with the Three Lions having already qualified for Euro 2024, plus there being 167 placed between the sides in the FIFA rankings – here at Bettingsites.co.uk we look at the best betting opportunities in these one-sided international football matches.
England vs Malta: What Are The Betting Opportunities In One-Sided Matches?
Match Betting: England 1/50 | Draw 18/1 | Malta 80/1
Date: Friday 17th November 2023, 7:45pm
In these ‘david vs goliath‘ football matches, where one of the sides far outranks the other there is no point in delving into the match betting market – unless, of course, you fancy one of the biggest footballing shocks of all time and a wager on Malta at 80/1.
However, luckily these days there are many other betting markets to tap into for matches of these nature, so having a bet on Friday’s game is still very much a possibility.
Here are a few options.
The best UK betting sites will have plenty of handicap options for the England vs Malta clash. For those that are not familiar with this way of betting it’s designed for these one-sided matches and will try and even things out by giving the sides a ‘fake’ goal head start or deficit.
For example, BetMGM have priced England with a -4 goal start at 13/10 – meaning the Three Lions will have to beat Malta by five clear goals for this bet to pay out.
Or you can play this bet the other way with a Malta +4 goal start at 6/5, which would require the visitors to limit the damage to 3 or less goals.
Correct Score Betting
What about a dabble in the correct score market? England have beaten Malta 4-0 the last twice they’ve played, so this is a possibilty at 4/1.
If we think Malta won’t score, then you could add another goal and go with 5-0 England at 5/1, or if you feel Malta might improve on their recent head-to-heads – a 3-0 England win is 9/2 and 2-0 13/2.
Or, if you fancy the floodgates opening, then what about 6-0 at 7/1, 7-0 at 12/1 or 8-0 at 20/1? – all with BetMGM.
Next-up is the overs/unders goals market as here we can bet on the total goals scored in the game (by both sides). Again, we can all agree that England are likely to be getting the bulk of the goals in the match, but should Malta get a ‘lucky one’ that actually helps us here.
As mentioned, the last two clashes have been 4-0 to England – so over 3.5 goals and you can back this again at 4/9.
Add another goal at over 4.5 goals and you’ll get a better price of Evs, with over 5.5 goals 9/4 and over 6.5 goals 9/2.
Finally, another way to play the match is to head to the goalscoring markets.
Yes, team news will be key here, especially as Southgate has a few injury issues, new faces in the squad and the fact England have already qualified.
In short, Gareth could have a play around with the team.
In-form Harry Kane will be popular as he looks for his 62 international goal but the odds reflect this and the Munich man is just 2/1 (first) or 1/4 (anytime) with BetMGM.
Ollie Watkins could figure and is on the table at 11/4 (1st) or 2/5 (anytime), or what about late call-up Cole Palmer after his late penalty for Chelsea in that incredible 4-4 draw vs Man City at the weekend? The Blues man is on offer at 5/1 (1st) or 5/6 (anytime).
England vs Malta Head-to-Head
- Met 6 times before (England 6, Draws 0, Malta 0)
- FIFA World Rankings, England 4, Malta 171
- Last played, Euro Qualifier (16th June) Malta 0-4 England
- Harry Kane has scored 3 goals in the last two head-to-heads
- England have beaten Malta 4-0 in the last 2 head-to-heads
- Malta have scored only 1 goal vs England (4 games)
- England have scored 12 goals vs Malta (4 games)
- Harry Kane is England’s current top scorer (61)
Note: Odds are subject to change.