Valletta eye top spot

Champions Valletta will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run to ten matches on Saturday as they take on Tarxien Rainbows at the Centenary Stadium, kick-off at 16:15.

The Citizens lie two points behind joint-leaders Gzira United and Hibernians and a win on Saturday would enable them to take sole leadership, at least temporarily before Sunday’s matches when both the Maroons and the Paolites will be in action. Valletta won eight out of the last nine matches, defeating St. Andrews 1-0 in their last league outing. Last week, they eliminated Marsa from the FA Trophy beating them 3-0.

Tarxien, on the other hand, are currently eighth on fifteen points. They won three out of the last four matches, defeating Pietà 3-0 in their last league match. In the FA Trophy, they beat First Division side Vittoriosa Stars 3-0.

Meanwhile in the first match at the Centenary Stadium, kick-off at 14:00, St. Andrews take on Floriana.

One point separates the two teams with the Saints lying in ninth place on thirteen points, one ahead of the Greens. St. Andrews collected ten points from the last six matches, losing narrowly to Valletta in their last league game. Floriana, on the other hand, lost four out of the last five matches and new coach Guido Ugolotti is still seeking his first points.

Both sides were eliminated from the FA Trophy as St. Andrews lost 0-2 to Sliema Wanderers and Floriana were beaten 0-1 by Hamrun Spartans.

In the first match at the Hibernians Stadium, kick-off at 14:00, Hamrun Spartans take on neighbours Pietà Hotspurs.

The Spartans are unbeaten in four matches, dropping only two points in a 2-2 draw with Balzan in their last league outing and are currently joint-sixth on nineteen points. They eliminated Floriana in the FA Trophy. The Hotspurs, on the other hand, won just one of the last five matches, losing 0-3 to Tarxien in their last league outing. In the FA Trophy, they defeated Mdina Knights 4-1. Pietà are currently fourth from bottom on ten points.

In the second match at the Hibernians Stadium, kick-off at 16:00, Sliema Wanderers face Balzan.

The Wanderers are currently fourth on 22 points, three ahead of Balzan. They are coming from back-to-back wins over Qormi and Senglea and went on to defeat St. Andrews 2-0 in the FA Trophy. Balzan, on the other hand, won just one out of the last four league matches, being held in a 2-2 draw by Hamrun in their last league game. In the FA Trophy, they defeated Qrendi 5-1.

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