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Ukraine vs Malta betting tips: Euro 2024 qualifier preview, predictions, team news and odds

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Ukraine vs Malta match preview

After a dramatic, come-from-behind victory in Skopje on Friday night, can Ukraine back it up with a win at their temporary home in Trnava, Slovakia?

Three days ago, the Blue and Yellows were in serious trouble in this group, finding themselves 2-0 down against North Macedonia.

However, Serhiy Rebrov managed to pull off a remarkable comeback at Toše Proeski Arena, eventually leaving 3-2 winners.

Illya Zabarnyi and Yukhym Konoplya scored quick-fire goals, pulling it back to 2-2, before Viktor Tsyhankov found the winner that left the ten-man Macedonians heartbroken.

This saw Ukraine get off the mark in Group C, having lost their opener 2-0 at Wembley back in March.

If Rebrov’s team are going to qualify automatically, they’ll need to finish above Italy, with those two meet at San Siro in September before the reverse fixture on the final matchday in November.

With tough games to come, Ukraine simply cannot afford to drop points here.

Malta meantime continue to be the group’s whipping boys, demolished 4-0 by England in Ta’ Qali on Friday, with Ferdinando Apap’s own goal opening the floodgates.

Michele Marcolini’s men remain bottom of this group without a point to their name, previously beaten 2-1 in North Macedonia and 2-0 when Italy visited Grawnd Nazzjonali.

The Reds have now lost five successive qualifiers, last winning a qualification fixture on the road in Armenia almost exactly a decade ago.

Despite having to play this match in Slovakia, due to the ongoing Russian invasion, Ukraine should cruise to victory at Štadión Antona Malatinského.

Ukraine team news

Mykhailo Mudryk thought he’d scored his first international goal in a friendly draw with Germany a week ago, it was later awarded as an own goal, so will he get that monkey off his back here?

Bournemouth’s Illya Zabarnyi did get his maiden Ukraine goal in the extraordinary win over North Macedonia; he and Vitalii Mykolenko of Everton will continue to start in defence.

Anatoliy Trubin appears to be his country’s number one, chosen over Andriy Lunin and Heorhiy Bushchan.

Malta team news

Jodi Jones of Notts County will continue to lead the line for Malta, winning his eighth cap.

Centre-back Steve Borg will earn his 74th cap, captaining the team.

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