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Nations League: Faroe Islands vs Malta

The Faroe Islands and Malta will meet on Thursday in the first match of the new UEFA Nations League. Both countries were drawn into Group A Group D with Latvian and Andorra teams. All 3 previous encounters between the two countries ended with mixed results, both scoring a victory and the other ending with a draw.

One person worth watching for the host will be Joannes Bjartalid, who has scored 12 goals in the national championship so far. The Faroe Islands dominate with a slim 1-0 score in the last meeting between the two countries in October 2019. The Faroe Islands are not in the highest form in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, earning only 3 points from 30 points maximum, they have lost the last 2 matches against Scandinavian countries - Norway and Sweden, with a goal difference of 0-7. Their only victory in the last 15 games was against Malta itself. No draw has been recorded in the Faroe Islands in the last 10 games, with 9 of them ending in defeat. The goal scored against Malta is the only goal the Faroe Islands have scored in their last 7 matches, 4 of their last 5 matches generating more than 2.5 goals, while neither team has scored.

Malta also scored a win in the process, and it should be noted that they are on a 9-loss streak. Before a trip to Torshavn, Malta lost to Norway in their last match, with a score of 1-2 at home last November, the goal against Norway scored by Paul Fenech as the first goal for His country in the last 9 games and it all ended in defeat. Prior to that series, Malta was unbeaten 2 matches after earning 1 draw and 1 victory in their encounters with Faroe himself. 3 of Malta's last 5 games have over 2.5 goals, in the past few years Malta have rarely won a game away from home, their last win in 2017 was impressive before Ukraine with one win only. They have not won in 14 games since then, 12 of which were failures and failed to score in the last 5 games.