Tip Slovakia - Malta
Slovakia conceded a late goal against Scotland on Thursday to lose their second qualifier in a row and drop out of the top two. A win over Malta shouldn't be too difficult but they will be keeping their eye on events in Slovenia because a win for Scotland will eliminate Slovakia. The home side in this game began their campaign with a last minute loss to England but since then have won all three matches scoring eight goals without conceding but it's their three away losses that have put them in serious danger of failing to reach the play-offs. Malta are bottom of the group but at least they are consistent on their travels losing all four away games 2-0. They managed to get a 1-1 draw at home to Lithuania on Thursday and that's their solitary point in this group. Away from home in the World Cup they have lost their last five games without scoring and have just one win in the last 30 away World Cup qualifiers. Slovakia have won six and drawn one of their seven previous meetings with Malta winning the last four. They can get another home win on a -2 handicap but it will be out of their hands whether that is enough to finish in the top two.
Key points Slovakia - Malta
Slovakia have won six out of seven games against Malta and never lost to them.
Malta have lost their last five away World Cup qualifiers without scoring.
Slovakia have scored 11 goals in four home games against Malta.
Conclusion Slovakia - Malta
Even a win over Malta might not be good enough to see Slovakia stay in the World Cup. All they can do is go out and get the win and hope Scotland fail to come away from Slovenia with three points. Go for Slovakia to win on a -2 handicap.