The visitors are looking to end an eight-game winless run, while the world’s lowest-ranked side enter the contest off the back of 17 consecutive defeats.
Despite finishing bottom of their League D group in the 2020-21 edition of the Nations League, San Marino managed to pick up two points in that campaign, which came courtesy of draws against Liechtenstein and Gibraltar.
Those draws would have given San Marino a small confidence boost ahead of the current Nations League campaign, but their first two outings have proven to be fruitless.
After losing 2-0 to Estonia on the opening matchday, the international minnows came out on the wrong side of another 2-0 scoreline on Sunday, as second-half strikes from Jan Busuttil and Matthew Guillaumier helped Malta claim all three points.
Following their 17th consecutive defeat, San Marino will now turn their attention to a friendly encounter with a nation ranked 148 places above them.
Although claiming a positive result may prove to be a step too far, the hosts will be hoping to continue a run of close encounters, after losing their last four matches by two goals or fewer.
Iceland, meanwhile, may welcome a friendly meeting against the lowest-ranked side in the world, with the visitors looking to end an eight-game winless run.
Their last win came back in October 2021, but since the 4-0 victory over Liechtenstein, Arnar Vidarsson’s side have drawn five matches, while falling to defeat on three occasions.
They enter Thursday’s contest off the back of consecutive draws after beginning their Nations League campaign with a 2-2 draw against Israel before taking a point from their home encounter with Albania on Monday.