England are back in action as they will host Malta tonight at Wembley Stadium to play the 7th game in the EURO qualifier, which is also England’s final home game in 2023. However, England have already guaranteed the top spot in Group C, Malta are yet to register a point after playing six games.
Stats & Facts
- England is the only side in Group C that hasn’t lost a single match yet. The Three Lions won five of their all six games in Group C and tied the remaining one.
- England’s last match in Group C was against Italy. However, the Three Lions gave no chance to the Arezzuri and secured a dominating victory by a 3-1 margin. Meanwhile, Malta lost their last match against Ukraine with the same scoreline in the Euro Qualifier.
- England have scored 19 goals in their last six games in all competitions. During this period, The Three Lions conceded three goals only.
- Mala have lost their last three meetings with England, failing to score a single goal in those matches. Moreover, they conceded 10 goals in these three matches against England.
There are several injury cases in England’s squad. Reece James was a long absentee for the Three Lions but has recovered. That is why England boss Gareth Southgate called him up for this match, but James preferred to stay out of the squad due to his fitness issue.
“I was hoping to call up Reece James but he doesn’t feel he’s quite ready. I understand that he’s had a long path back from a number of injuries. He’s probably a bit cautious in that respect, but I can understand why,” Southgate explained.
However, James Maddison, Luke Shaw, John Stones, and Ben Chilwell are unavailable due to their respective injury. Meanwhile, Alexender Arnold, Jarron Bowen, and James Ward-Prowse are back again and ready to play tonight.
As for Malta, Teddy Teuma and Jodi Jones have recovered from the injury. They missed Malta’s last two games, but they are now ready to play tonight against the Three Lions.
Possible Lineup for England:
Johnstone; Walker, Guehi, Maguire, Trippier; Alexander-Arnold, Henderson, Gallagher; Marcus Rashford, Kane, Foden
Possible Lineup for Malta:
Bonello; S. Borg, J. Borg, Pepe; Attard, N. Muscat, Guillaumier, Camenzuli; Teuma; Jones, P. Mbong
Prediction: England 3-0 Malta
England’s recent records against Malta are pretty impressive. They smashed Malta with four goals in their last meeting. Moreover, England will have tremendous support from the gallery of Wembley. Therefore, we expect England to win this match against Malta.
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