​Already qualified Spain will be looking to get back to winning ways when they host Malta in Friday's Euro 2020 qualifier.

La Furia Roja sealed their place at the cross-continental competition with a 1-1 draw against Sweden last international break, and will most likely view the dead rubber against minnows Malta as an opportunity to try new things ahead of next summer.

Manager Roberto Moreno is expected to hand opportunities to a number of youngsters against a side Spain have never lost to.

Malta have enjoyed a good qualifying campaign by their own appalling standards, picking up a 2-1 win against the Faroe Islands in which they ended a 29 match losing run, but Spain will definitely be strong favourites to rack up an impressive scoreline.

Here's 90min's preview for the game...

Where to Watch

When Is Kick Off?Friday 15th November
What Time Is Kick Off?19:45 (BST)
Where Is it Played?Ramon de Carranza
TV Channel/Live Stream?Sky Sports Football
Referee?Viktor Kassai

Team News

Adama Traore

​​Wolves' Adama Traore would most likely have featured for the first time for Spain in this game, but he ​pulled out of the squad due to an injury he picked up ​in his side's ​2-1 victory over ​Aston Villa.

Youngsters Pau Torres and Dani Olmo are likely to be handed their debuts, after impressing for Villarreal and Dinamo Zagreb respectively. Olmo ​had been eligible to play for Croatia - where he moved at the age of 16 after failing to make the grade at Barcelona's famed La Masia - but he has elected to play for the country of his birth.


Valencia striker Rodrigo has injured his back and will miss the game, meaning Villarreal's Gerard Moreno could be given a chance.

Malta, on the other hand, will be without veteran defender Steve Borg, who will miss the game through suspension.

In a nightmare for commentators everywhere, they will have three players with the surname Muscat - Zach, Rowen and Nikolai - to choose from.

Predicted Lineups

SpainArrizabalaga; Navas, Ramos, Pau Torres, Gayá; Cazorla, Rodri, Fabiàn; Oyarzabal, Moreno, Olmo.
MaltaBonello; Z. Muscat, Caruana, Agius, Mbong; Corbalan, Vella, R. Muscat, Gambin; Mifsud, Nwoko.

Head to Head Record

Henry Bonello,Steve Borg,Saul Niguez

It won't shock you to read that Spain have been dominant in this fixture, winning all eight of matches played between the two.

In fact, the last time Malta even scored a goal against the 2010 World Cup winners was in 1983. They lost the game 12-1...

However, that game will be remembered fondly by some Spain fans, for the fact that it allowed Miguel Munoz's side to qualify for Euro 1984 ahead of the Netherlands on goal difference.

Recent Form

Paco Alcacer

Spain's​ early qualification for Euro 2020 has not been quite as smooth as the results would have you believe.

Two draws in their last two games against Norway and Sweden were somewhat underwhelming for a side blessed with yet another generation of world class midfield talent, while only a late Paco Alcacer double against the Faroe Islands made the result look comfortable. They were also made to hang on for an unconvincing 2-1 victory against Romania.

To be fair to Spain, their qualification campaign was severely disrupted by the ​tragic events that led Luis Enrique to step down as manager, and Roberto Moreno has done a decent job of steadying the ship.


Malta, on the other hand, have done OK in this qualifying group, despite currently sitting bottom of it. Their first win in Euro qualifying win for 29 matches will be a highlight, especially when taking into account that the 2-1 victory over the Faroe Islands was the first time they had scored more than once in 38 matches.

Here's how the two have got on in their last five matches...

Sweden 1-1 Spain (15/10)Faroe Islands 1-0 Malta (15/10)
Norway 1-1 Spain (12/10)Malta 0-4 Sweden (12/10)
Spain 4-0 Faroe Islands (8/9)Romania 1-0 Malta (8/9)
Romania 1-2 Spain (5/9)Norway 2-0 Malta (5/9)
Spain 3-0 Sweden (10/6)Malta 0-4 Romania (10/6)


Alvaro Morata

Despite an experimental line-up Spain are still clear favourites turn Malta over pretty easily.

Roberto Moreno's side will be looking to put on a show for their home fans and can be expected to rack up a few goals.

Prediction: Spain 4-0 Malta