After losing twice to Sliema this season, Valletta will be aiming for an important win as they take on the Wanderers on Friday. A win which would put the Citizens just one point behind BOV Premier League leaders Birkirkara. The Stripes, however, would have a game in hand.
Having lost the direct clash with Birkirkara in the last game from the third round, the Citizens moved back on track thanks to two wins over Tarxien Rainbows and Hibernians in their last two league outings. Now that they stand four points behind Birkirkara, they have to win the two remaining games, hoping that the Stripes fail to win one of the games against Hibernians or Tarxien.
For the Wanderers, this was a season of ups and downs. After losing heavily to Qormi and Birkirkara, they returned to winning ways, beating Tarxien 2-0 in their last outing. They share the third place with Qormi and after being eliminated from the FA Trophy, their only objective is placing third in order to maintain hopes of playing in the UEFA Europa League this summer.
The Blues will be aiming at giving the Citizens a hard time but this will be no easy task considering that four players are ruled out through suspension. In fact, Alex Muscat, Clayton Failla, Ryan Fenech and Mark Scerri are all ruled out of this game. Valletta, on the other hand, are expected to be in full strength.
The two teams met four times this season. Sliema won 2-0 in the Euro Cup. Valletta registered a 1-0 win in the Premier League first round but in the last two games, the Wanderers won 3-1 and 2-1.
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