Russia host Malta at home in Group H of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
The 2018 World Cup hosts have recently appointed a new manager in Valeri Karpin who has only managed two matches so far of which his first was a 0-0 draw against group favourites Croatia, where Karpin showed that he wants to play a much more fluid system than that of Stanislav Cherchesov who used to opt to play Artem Dzyuba up-front as a target man. Last time out they managed a 2-0 away victory against Cyprus where Aleksandr Yerokhin and Rifat Zhemaletdinov got on the scoresheet.
The Russian’s have had a solid start to their World Cup qualifying so far, as they started their campaign with two victories against Malta and Slovenia by 3-1 and 2-1 scorelines with Dzyuba scoring three goals across the two matches, but, Since then, but they have also been defeated 2-1 by Slovakia.
As mentioned above, the last time these two sides met, Russia ran out as comfortable 3-1 winners via goals from Dzyuba, Mario Fernandes and Aleksandr Sobolev. Malta have conceded nine goals so far in five matches to Russia, Slovakia, Croatia and Slovenia seeing a -2 Goal Handicap priced at 1/1.