Match: Romania vs Malta
Competition: Euro Qualifiers
Date: September 8, 2019
Kick-off time: 5:00 pm, September 8, 2019 (UK time)
Stadium: National Arena
Romania were narrowly beaten 2-1 at home by Spain in midweek and will be looking to bounce back with a convincing win over one of Group F’s whipping boys on Sunday. Malta lost 2-0 away at Norway and have now been beaten in their last four qualifying matches without scoring a single goal but still sit above the Faeroe Islands who have no points to their name.
All of the stats suggest that Romania will win this weekend and that we can expect to see over 3.5 goals scored in the process, as was the case when the pair last met back in June.
Romania won the only previous meeting between these two clubs 4-0 a few months ago in Malta where Puşcaş scored twice for the visitors who had Chipciu sent-off in the final ten minutes. Romania controlled the match for the most part and limited their hosts to just a single shot on target during the ninety.
The recent form and performances of both teams since the tail-end of last year suggest that Romania will claim all three points on Sunday and that we are likely to be treated to over 3.5 goals because the hosts have won three of their last six internationals, while Malta have lost their last four qualifiers. Over 3.5 goals were scored in three of Romania’s last four matches and Malta haven’t scored in any of their last four internationals, so expect the home side to keep a clean sheet this weekend.
Romania have only lost one of their last eight home games and Malta have failed to win any of their last eleven on the road. The hosts have scored four goals in two of their last four international matches, beating Malta 4-0 and the Faroe Islands 4-1, and we’re backing the hosts to score at least another four goals on Sunday.
We’re confident that Romania will win and over 3.5 goals will be produced in Sunday’s qualifier and have predicted a final scoreline of 4-0. Romania are by far the better team of the two and should have no troubles beating a Malta side that have failed to score in their last four internationals and have conceded eleven goals during that period.
Head to Head
These two nations have only met once before, back in June, and on that day Romania ran out 4-0 winners in Malta.
Romania Team News
Romania Team BadgeGeorge Țucudean, Mihai Pintilii, Constantin Budescu, Cristian Ganea, and Nicușor Bancu all miss out for Romania this weekend, but Mihai Bordeianu, Adrian Păun, Adrian Rus, Florin Ștefan, and Andrei Radu could all win their first caps and Alexandru Chipciu returns from suspension.
Malta Team News
Malta Team BadgeThere’s no Jonathan Caruana, Ryan Camilleri, Bjorn Kristensen, Ryan Fenech, Clayton Failla, or Michael Mifsud in the new look Malta squad, with the uncapped trio of Jurgen Pisani, Nikolai Muscat, and Dexter Xuereb al hoping to impress.
Current Romania squad is:
Forwards: Claudiu Keșerü, George Țucudean, George Pușcaș, Dorin Rotariu
Midfilders: Ciprian Deac, Alexandru Chipciu, Gheorghe Grozav, Paul Anton, Dan Nistor, Nicolae Stanciu, Alexandru Maxim, Răzvan Marin, Ianis Hagi, Dennis Man, Alexandru Cicâldău, Tudor Băluță
Defenders: Cristian Săpunaru, Dragoş Grigore, Alin Toșca, Romario Benzar, Nicușor Bancu, Ionuț Nedelcearu, Iulian Cristea
Goalkeepers: Ciprian Tătărușanu, Silviu Lung Jr., Andrei Radu
Current Malta squad is:
Forwards: Jean Paul Farrugia, Alfred Effiong, Juan Corbalan, Kyrian Nwoko, Jean Paul Farrugia, Nicky Muscat
Midfilders: Joseph Zerafa, Paul Fenech, Tristan Caruana, Rowen Muscat, Luke Gambin, Dunstan Vella
Defenders: Steve Borg, Andrei Agius, Zach Muscat, Jurgen Pisani, Ferdinando Apap, Karl Micallef
Goalkeepers: Justin Haber, Andrew Hogg, Henry Bonello