Football match preview: Mqabba vs Naxxar Lions

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Competition: Malta First Division
Competition: Tue 18.January
Match begins: 20:00 (UTC)
Venue: MFA Centenary Stadium (1000 seats)

Naxxar Lions can not look for any handouts from hosts Mqabba in this First Division game. Here's our complete guide!

Insights:
  • Mqabba have played more matches over 2,5 goals home than away.
  • Naxxar Lions have the fewest conceded goals (7) in First Division

It should be mentioned that Naxxar Lions play their home matches on artifical turf, so they have to adjust for this one as it's played on sand pitch. Does it matter? Recent statistics for Naxxar Lions on sand pitch are 4 victories, 2 draws and 7 defeats from 13 games. In these matches they have a goal statistics scored/conceded: 19-22. You can compare this with overall results below.

There's local pride at stake here, as these teams are practically neighbours. Expect lots of passion from both players and supporters.

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Mqabba form and stats

Mqabba have played 5 First Division games at their own stadium so far this season, resulting in 1-1-3 (wins-draws-losses).

Mqabba are returning here after visiting San Gwann in a First Division game and winning with a 2-0 scoreline.

Preceding that game was the home draw versus Lija Athletic that ended 1-1.

There will be little rest for Mqabba after this match as they are travelling to Vittoriosa Stars for a First Division game in only three days.

Mqabba have proved capable of finding the net in their games here at MFA Centenary Stadium with 8 goals in 5 league matches. Mqabba have conceded 11 goals in these home games, a significant number.

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Naxxar Lions form and stats

The story so far for the visiting team, who have the fewest conceded goals (7) in First Division, on their First Division travels is 4 wins, 0 draws and 1 defeat.

There were no winners in Naxxar Lions's previous match, a Fa Trophy home game that ended 1-1 vs San Gwann (after extra-time, 6-5 on penalties) (placed 8th).

Preceding that, the 1-2 home loss versus Pembroke Athleta.

The visitors are returning home after this fixture, hosting St. George's in just four days.

The visiting Naxxar Lions have scored more than one goal per away game in the league so far. The grand total is 7 goals from 5 games. As opposed to that, Naxxar Lions have seen the ball go into their own net 5 times on the road.

Head 2 Head

Naxxar Lions - Mqabba 5-0 was the result in these teams' latest head to head fixture, earlier this season. Head-2-head stats last ten meetings: three - one - six (Mqabba wins - draws - Naxxar Lions wins). As for goals, five matches ended with three or more goals (over 2,5), five had two or less.

Mqabba missing players

Naxxar Lions missing players

Mqabba Naxxar Lions
Total Home vs top Statistics Stat vs mid Away Total
10 5 2 Played P 2 5 10
3 1 0 Won W 1 4 8
2 1 0 Drew D 0 0 0
5 3 2 Lost L 1 1 2
15 8 4 Scored S 2 7 19
20 11 7 Conceded C 3 5 7
90% 100% 100% Over 0.5 O 0.5 100% 100% 100%
90% 100% 100% Over 1.5 O 1.5 100% 60% 70%
70% 80% 100% Over 2.5 O 2.5 50% 40% 50%
50% 40% 100% Over 3.5 O 3.5 0% 20% 20%
40% 40% 100% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 20% 20%
70% 100% 100% BTTS BTTS 0% 20% 20%
20% 0% 0% Clean Sheets C S 50% 60% 70%
20% 0% 0% Failed to Score F T 50% 20% 10%
 
2.6 2.8 2 Corners for (avg) C F 5 4 6.4
8.6 9.2 9 Corners against (avg) C A 6 5.3 4.7
3 2.8 2.5 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 3 1.3 2.1
1 0 0 Red cards R C 0 1 2
 
3.4 5.2 7 Shots (avg) S ( 2 5 5.4
2.1 3 4 Shots on Target (avg) S O 2 3 3
60% 50% 50% Goal Efficiency G E 100% 44% 52%
 
7.7 12.8 18 Shots against (avg) S A 0 3 4.9
3.1 4.8 7 Shots on Target against (avg) S O 0 1.3 2.3
Key stats in First Division this season:
  • All of Mqabba's home-matches have had more than 1,5 goals.
  • Mqabba have conceded at least twice as many corners as they have won.
  • Mqabba have failed to keep a clean sheet in all their home matches.
  • Mqabba have played more matches over 2,5 goals home than away.
  • Mqabba have scored in all their home matches so far.
  • Mqabba haven’t played a single 0-0 game at home.
  • Naxxar Lions have created more than twice as many corners as Mqabba.
  • Naxxar Lions have scored at least twice as many goals as they have conceded.
  • Naxxar Lions have the fewest conceded goals (7) in First Division
  • Naxxar Lions have the fewest conceded goals in the first half (1) in First Division
  • Naxxar Lions have the fewest conceded goals in the second half (1) in First Division
  • Naxxar Lions have the most clean sheets (3) away in First Division
  • Naxxar Lions have the most clean sheets (6) in First Division
  • Naxxar Lions have won significantly less corners away then at home.
  • Naxxar Lions haven’t played a single 0-0 game.

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Pembroke Athleta 10 7 3 0 22 9 5 3 2 0 10 4 5 4 1 0 12 5 13 24
2 Naxxar Lions 10 8 0 2 19 7 5 4 0 1 12 2 5 4 0 1 7 5 12 24
3 Zejtun Corinthians 10 6 2 2 25 16 5 2 1 2 9 8 5 4 1 0 16 8 9 20
4 Marsaxlokk 10 5 1 4 18 13 5 2 1 2 11 9 5 3 0 2 7 4 5 16
5 Lija Athletic 10 4 3 3 19 14 5 3 2 0 12 3 5 1 1 3 7 11 5 15
6 Melita 10 4 3 3 10 9 5 2 2 1 3 3 5 2 1 2 7 6 1 15
7 Mqabba 10 3 2 5 15 20 5 1 1 3 8 11 5 2 1 2 7 9 -5 11
8 San Gwann 10 2 4 4 15 11 5 1 1 3 4 4 5 1 3 1 11 7 4 10
9 Rabat Ajax 10 2 3 5 9 18 5 1 1 3 6 12 5 1 2 2 3 6 -9 9
10 Vittoriosa Stars 10 3 0 7 11 26 5 2 0 3 7 12 5 1 0 4 4 14 -15 9
11 St. George's 10 0 1 9 7 27 5 0 0 5 5 15 5 0 1 4 2 12 -20 1