Difficult game for Hibernians

Hibernians target a fifth successive win as they take on third-placed Floriana. A win which would enable them to keep the pace with leaders Valletta. The Paolites start as favourites although the first round clash ended in a 1-1 draw.

Floriana disappointed in recent outings after losing 1-2 to Mosta and being held in a draw by Balzan Youths. A positive result from this game is a must for Michael Woods’ side as they currently lie seven points behind Hibernians and eleven behind Valletta.

Floriana goalkeeper Manuel Bartolo is suspended but the Greens could have Dutch goalkeeper Paul Jansen making his debut. For Hibernians, Bjorn Kristensen is ruled out as he serves a one-match ban.

The first round clash ended in a 1-1 draw.

Meanwhile in the first match. Birkirkara cannot afford any result other than a win as they take on Tarxien Rainbows in their bid to secure a place in the Championship Pool.

The Stripes lost 1-4 to Valletta – their third defeat in five matches but they start as firm favourites to claim the three points on Saturday.

Tarxien were held in a 2-2 draw by wooden-spoonists Marsaxlokk in their last outing but they were awarded the three points as the Southseasiders fielded an ineligible player.

Daniel Mariano Bueno should make it to the starting line-up for Tarxien after being included as a substitute during the last game. Justin Grioli is suspended.

Tarxien defeated Birkirkara 3-2 in the first round