Hibs hope to extend positive run

After winning six of the last seven matches, champions Hibernians will be aiming for the three points on Sunday as they take on St. Andrews in one of the two matches in programme at the National Stadium.

Ironically the only two points Hibs dropped in their last seven matches was in a 2-2 draw with St. Andrews last month and therefore Branko Nisevic’s side will be seeking revenge.

Although they still lie at the bottom of the table, St. Andrews are a transformed side since mid-January as after losing the first nineteen games, they won one, drew two and lost one since then.

Eloy Edu Nkene returns for St. Andrews after missing the last matches due to family mourning but Michael Johnson is suspended. Hibs will be lacking the suspended Jackson Lima and the injured Rui da Gracia Gomes but they welcome back Marcelo Dias.

In the first round, Hibs won 3-0.

Meanwhile in the second match, Birkirkara hope to continue where they had left in the clash with Mosta as they take on Pembroke Athleta.

The Stripes bounced back from three disappointing results with a 6-3 win over Mosta and a win over Pembroke would ensure they keep the pace with the three top teams. However after losing three out of the last four matches, Pembroke will be all out to get a positive result from this game in order to stay clear of the bottom three teams.

Birkirkara’s Ryan Camenzuli and Pembroke’s Paltemio Barbetti are ruled out through suspension. Mauricio Mazzetti and Joseph Zerafa are still recovering from injuries for Birkirkara. Pembroke, on the other hand, welcome back Kyle O’Brien.

Birkirkara defeated Pembroke 4-1 and 3-0 in the first two rounds.