Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
Thanks to a 2-0 win over Faroe Islands Norway footballers regained a much-needed confidence, but they need to keep on improving their game if they are to stay in the race for a place at the 2020 European Championship. The Scandinavians have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at Malta and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field.
AIK attacker Tarik Elyounoussi will be one of the men to watch in the home team. Anyhow, given the importance of Thursday’s football game for the Norwegians, we believe that home win should be considered. The Maltese national team kicked off their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a 2-1 win over Faroe Islands, but the team than suffered a dip in form, suffering a loss in each of their following three group games. Norway are more of a team than Malta, therefore, the visitors are likely to return home empty-handed.
Highlighted Player (Omar Elabdellaoui):
Omar Elabdellaoui is a footballer of Moroccan descent who represents Norway on the international stage. Elabdellaoui made his Norway debut in August 2013 in a friendly match against Sweden. He spent 72 minutes on the field, playing as a right back.
Speaking of his club career, the 179-cm-tall footballer played for Manchester City youth team from 2008 and 2011, but he did not make his Man City debut at senior level. After ending his loan spells with Stromsgodset and Feyenoord he moved to Eintracht Braunshweig in 2013. On 10 May, 2013 he signed a permanent deal with the German outfit and it has to be noted that he scored one goal in 43 league appearances for die Lowen.
In June 2014 he signed a contract with Olympiakos of Greece and he made his debut with the club on 23 August in a 3-1 victory over Niki Volos. Omar Elabdellaoui is capable of playing as both right back and a right midfielder. He was born on 5 December, 1991 in Oslo.
Highlighted Team (Malta):
Back in 1957 Malta played their first international match. The Falcons faced Austria in their debut on the international stage and they suffered a 3-2 loss to Das Team in front of home fans in Gzira. The Malta Football Association joined FIFA in 1959, while joining UEFA the following year and they have been competing in the qualifiers for the major tournaments since 1962.
The Knights of Malta have yet to participate at the finals of the showpiece tournaments, but they often claim major scalps in the qualifying matches. Malta recorded their biggest win (7-1) against Liechtenstein on March 26, 2008, but a win over Hungary in the Euro 2008 qualifiers is considered their biggest achievement.
Speaking of friendly games, it has to be noted that Malta did remarkably well to beat star-studded Ukraine in Graz on June 6, 2017, with Zach Muscat scoring the winner for the minnows. In December 1983 the Maltese suffered their heaviest loss as they were crushed by Spain 12-1 in Seville.