Italy host Malta on Saturday evening in a Euro 2024 qualifier. The Azzurri are second in Group C with seven points from their first four games. Ukraine have picked up the same number of points but Italy have a game in hand on them, so this set of international fixtures could be pivotal in their ambitions of reaching the Euro 2024 finals next summer.
Here are some of the best markets on offer in this clash.
Italy vs Malta Betting Tips
Under 2.5 Italy goals – 7/4
Davide Frattesi to score anytime – 21/20
Italy boss Luciano Spalletti has had to deal with quite a few absentees for this international break. Lorenzo Pellegrini, Ciro Immobile and Leonardo Spinazzola are the key figures missing for Italy.
There are no fresh injury concerns for Malta heading into Friday’s match.
Under 2.5 Italy goals @ 7/4
Italy know that a great opportunity lies before them over the next fortnight to try and put themselves in the best possible position to secure their place at the Euros in Germany next year.
They face a side in which they boast superiority in every area of the pitch. They have already beaten Malta in this campaign, a 2-0 victory away from home, and they will be looking to at least match that result at the Stadio San Nicola in Bari.
While the Azzurri are expected to win again against Malta on Saturday, this game may not see a flurry of goals. Italy did only score two against their opponents on that occasion, and they may take a tactical approach to this game with a huge game against England to follow on Tuesday.
This should be a routine victory for Spalletti’s men but it may not be a thrashing like some people can see happening.
Davide Frattesi to score anytime @ 21/20
While we don’t think that this game will be full of goals, Italy will most likely grab a couple and that should be enough to see them get past Malta for the second time. One player who could get on the scoresheet in this one is Inter Milan midfielder Davide Fratessi.
Fratessi has been in good form in Serie A so far this season, scoring one goal in his first seven appearances for Inter. He has also been in good form for his national side. His brace against Ukraine last time out secured a huge victory in their qualifying campaign, and he will look to carry that momentum into this set of international fixtures.