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Malta vs Italy Tips & Preview - Italy to bounce back in Euro 2024 qualifying

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Last updated: 25 Mar 2023
Gary Emmerson 25 Mar 2023
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  • Malta vs Italy tips for Sunday's Euro 2024 qualifier (19:45 GMT)
  • Both sides lost their opening games in the group 2-1
  • Who will bounce back and pick up their first points?
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Malta vs Italy Predictions


Both teams were beaten 2-1 in the opening game of qualifying. Italy will have added pressure to pick up all three points and I'm backing them to bounce back with a win to nil.
  • Malta vs Italy Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • Malta Form
  • Malta Squad & Team News
  • Italy Form
  • Italy Squad & Team News

Newboy Mateo Retegui scored on his Italy debut against England and is backed to find the back of the net again.

  • Malta have lost 5 of their last 7 competitive matches.
  • Italy have won their last 8 matches against Malta.
  • Italy have won to nil in their last 4 matches against Malta.
  • Italy's Mateo Retegui scored on his international debut against England.

Head to Head


Italy have won all previous eight matches against Malta. 

Malta Form


Malta were beaten 2-1 by North Macedonia in their opening group match with Yankam Yannick's 85th goal not enough to get anything from the game.

When last in action, Michele Marcolini's side subsequently beat Israel 2-1 in a friendly in September, drew 2-2 with Greece in November and three days later lost 1-0 to Republic of Ireland.

Malta Squad & Team News


Goalkeepers: Henry Bonello, Cain Formosa, Matthew Grech
Defenders: Steve Borg, Zach Muscat, Ferdinando Apap, Karl Micallef, James Brown, Luke Tabone
Midfielders: Joseph Essien Mbong, Juan Corbalan, Bjorn Kristensen, Ryan Camenzuli, Teddy Teuma, Matthew Guillaumier, Cain Attard, Brandon Diego Paiber, Nikolai Muscat, Yannick Yankam
Forwards: Alexander Satariano, Kyrian Nwoko, Shaun Dimech, Paul Mbong, Jodi Felice Jones

Italy Form


Italy were beaten 2-1 at home by England on Thursday to make a losing start to the European Championship qualifying campaigns.

The reigning champions trailed 2-0 before Mateo Retegui halved the deficit. However, Roberto Mancini's side weren't able to take advantage of England being reduced to 10 men.

Having failed to qualify for the World Cup, the Azzuri played two friendlies in November, beating Albania 3-1 before losing 2-0 away to Austria.

Italy Squad & Team News


Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alex Meret, Marco Carnesecchi, Wladimiro Falcone
Defenders: Leonardo Bonucci, Matteo Darmian, Francesco Acerbi, Emerson Palmieri, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Leonardo Spinazzola, Alessio Romagnoli, Rafael Tolói, Giorgio Scalvini, Alessandro Buongiorno
Midfielders: Marco Verratti, Jorginho, Nicolò Barella, Bryan Cristante, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Matteo Pessina, Sandro Tonali, Davide Frattesi
Forwards: Domenico Berardi, Gianluca Scamacca, Vincenzo Grifo, Matteo Politano, Wilfried Gnonto, Simone Pafundi, Mateo Retegui

Verdict

Italy have won to nil in their last four matches against Malta. I'm backing another with Mateo Retegui to build on his debut goal.

Best Bet: Italy To Win To Nil @4/7 at bet365 - 3 Units
Anytime Goalscorer Tip: Mateo Retegui Anytime Goalscorer @11/17 at bet365 - 3 Units
First Goalscorer Tip: Mateo Retegui First Goalscorer @11/4 at bet365 - 1 Unit
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