In the 5th round of the qualifying cycle of the 2022 World Cup, the Slovenian national team at home will play with the national team of Malta. The struggle will take place on 4 September 2021 and will start at 19:00 Moscow time. The prediction for the match Slovenia – Malta will help to identify the favorite of the upcoming match.
how do the teams perform in the current qualifying cycle
The national team of Slovenia sensationally started the qualifying round, beating Croatia at home (1:0). Then the team lost to the Russian national team (1:2), unexpectedly for everyone, lost to Cyprus (0:1) and drew with Slovakia (1:1). The team after 4 played rounds is in 4th place in the standings and scored 4 points. The gap between the leading Russia and Croatia is 3 points. Slovakia scored 3 goals and conceded 1.
The national team of Malta started the qualifying round with a defeat to the Russian national team (1:3), then the team drew with Slovakia (2: 2), lost to Croatia (0:3), and beat Cyprus (3:0). The Maltese scored 4 points and are in 5th place in the standings. The team scored 6 goals and conceded 8.
the history of the confrontation and the likely outcome of the match
The teams had six face-to-face matches. Before making a prediction for the match Slovenia – Malta, let’s consider the results of these matches:
- 12.02.1994 Malta – Slovenia 0:1;
- 09.02.1996 Malta – Slovenia 0:0;
- 07.09.2002 Slovenia – Malta 3:0;
- 30.04.2003 Malta – Slovenia 1:3;
- 11.11.2016 Malta – Slovenia 0:1;
- 10.06.2017 Slovenia – Malta 2:0.
The Slovenian national team briskly started the qualifying round, but allowed an unnecessary defeat from Cyprus and thus made it difficult for the team to advance to the final of the World Cup. The national team of Malta is, as expected, one of the outsiders of the group, however, even the islanders retain the chances of a trip to Qatar next year. The Slovenian national team plays at home – the team will try to please its fans with goals scored and a bright game. Malta will defend a lot and wait for its chance in counterattacks. Probably, goals will be scored against both teams, but the home team will still win. The history of face-to-face matches between the teams, the latest results, the home field factor, and the presence of star players playing in the TOP championships speak in favor of such an outcome of the fight.
The likely outcome of the match is the victory of the national team of Slovenia.