The Azzurri will be looking to close their gap with England in Group C and want to get back-to-back victories in Italy vs Malta. They managed to beat Ukraine 2-1 as Luciano Spalletti won his first game as the Italy manager. After winning the Scudetto Spalletti became Italy’s manager, which had a bumpy start, but things could get back on track soon. The Azzurri will be looking to put the pressure back on the Three Lions as they will be facing Australia in a friendly.
Meanwhile, Malta, who are out of contention in the Euro qualifiers, will be looking to upset the group table. The defending champions Italy had to suffer a 2-1 defeat in their first game to Gareth Southgate’s side. However, they have responded well by taking 7 points out of their next three games. Davide Frattesi managed to score a brace against Ukraine, which he said was a high point in his career. But Malta will have to wait for their first major tournament appearance as North Macedonia humbled them at their home.
Italy vs Malta: team news, tactics, and prediction
Luciano Spalletti has options to choose from, with Scamacca and Chiesa still working to come back after their injuries. Zaccagni and Ciro Immobile are also out of contention, but Moise Kean could lead the line. Also, Spalletti can again use Raspadori as the false-nine option that worked well in the past. Tonali and Zaniolo will be out as they have accusations of being involved in a betting scandal.
Malta too, have injury-ridden players in the squad as their in-form Teddy Teuma is out. Also, their captain Steve Bord will miss out due to suspension.
The Azzurri should manage to win at home, although their shortage of options in front might cause them some problems.
Italy 3-1 Malta.