Valletta will be aiming for a fourth consecutive win on Saturday as they take on Qormi in one of four BOV Premier League matches in programme at the Victor Tedesco Stadium and the National Stadium.
Naxxar Lions hope to continue where they had left with another positive result in the game against Sliema Wanderers. St. Andrews continue to chase their first points in the game against Tarxien Rainbows while Pembroke Athleta take on Mosta in another game.
Pembroke Athleta vs Mosta, kick-off 15:00 at National Stadium
Mosta hope to bounce back from the derby defeat with a win over Pembroke Athleta who lost four out of the last six matches but will be aiming for a positive result after last week’s narrow defeat to Tarxien. Three points separate the two teams with the Blues lying in joint-fifth place and Pembroke joint-eighth.
Ian Zammit is ruled out for Mosta after receiving a three-match ban but Dyson Falzon and Edin Murga will be back after serving suspensions.
Naxxar Lions vs Sliema Wanderers, kick-off 17:00 at National Stadium
After beating rivals Mosta in the derby last week to collect their first points after seven consecutive defeats, Naxxar Lions will be aiming for another positive result as they take on a Sliema Wanderers side coming from back-to-back defeats to Floriana and Birkirkara, leaving them fourth from bottom on ten points.
Pedrinho returns for Sliema after serving a one-match ban. Naxxar also welcome back Angus Buhagiar but Richard Cardozo is suspended.
Tarxien Rainbows vs St. Andrews, kick-off 15:00 at Victor Tedesco Stadium
After beating Pembroke last week, Tarxien Rainbows hope to collect another three precious points as they take on wooden-spoonists St. Andrews who are still chasing their first points after eight matches. The Saints lost 0-2 to leaders Balzan last week.
Tarxien welcome back Carlos Menendez Hevia and Alex da Paixao Alves after both served a one-match ban.
Valletta vs Qormi, kick-off 17:15 at Victor Tedesco Stadium
Valletta could move temporarily on top the BOV Premier League table if they beat Qormi. The Citizens registered three identical 3-1 wins over Naxxar, Tarxien and Floriana and a win over Qormi would put them one point ahead of leaders Balzan.
Qormi, now under the guidance of coach Johann Scicluna, will be hoping to avoid a seventh defeat in nine matches. They lost narrowly to Hibernians last week.
Jean Matthias Vella is set to start in goal for Qormi as his younger brother Andreas is ruled out injured. Jonathan Caruana is still recovering from an injury for Valletta.