Malta and the Faroe Islands meet at Ta’Qali National Stadium, in a match for this phase of the Qualifying Round. There is only record of 2 recent direct matches between these two teams: on 20-11-2018, which ended with a draw by (1-1), and on 07-09-2018, which ended with the Faroe Islands victory by ( 3-1). In this match the home factor may be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results obtained at home and as a visitor.
The home team had direct access to this group stage, so they will play their first match in this edition of the competition. This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 1 win, 3 draws and 11 losses in away matches, with 7 goals scored and 34 conceded; against 5 draws and 10 losses at their stadium, with 7 goals scored and 31 conceded. In the last 8 home matches for all competitions, Malta have tied 3 and lost 5. Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have at least one goal in each of the last 10 matches. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 7 of the last 8 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals. This is a team that usually scores a few times first: they only opened the scoring in 3 of their last 15 games, of these 3 they reached the break in advantage in 2 but never managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 12 times and never got the comeback.
The Malta team comes to this game with a draw, 1-1, at the Faroe Islands reception, in a game for the UEFA League of Nations. Now, against the same opponent, however, in a different competition, coach Ray Farrugia must act in the usual 3-4-3, favoring an attack football from the first minute. André Schembri is one of the most important players of the tactical scheme of the selection of Malta, since it has great technical quality and an excellent vision of game. For this game the coach can count on the usual holders at his disposal.
The visiting team had direct access to this group stage, so they will play their first match in this edition of the competition. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 2 draws and 10 losses in away matches, with 9 goals scored and 23 conceded; against 4 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses at their stadium, with 13 goals scored and 25 conceded. In the last 6 away matches for all competitions, the Faroe Islands tied 2 and lost 4. Their defense has not been very strong, as they have conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In 14 games, he never got the comeback in the 7 games in which he suffered the first goal.
The Faroe Islands team is once again facing an opponent with a good memory, as the only victory in the group stage of the League of Nations was precisely against Malta, 3-1. In this game away from home, coach Lars Olsen must play in 4-4-2, with Thomsen and Olsen being the most offensive references of the visiting team. However, the visiting team must opt for a more cautious strategy, since the opponent has great speed in the attack. For this game, the foreign coach does not have large absences in the squad.