Balzan hope to extend unbeaten record

bov-premier-leagueFollowing a fine comeback for a 2-2 draw with Valletta, Balzan will be hoping to extend their unbeaten record with a win on Thursday as they take on Hibernians in one of the four BOV Premier LEague matches in programme at the Hibernians Stadium and Victor Tedesco Stadium.

Tarxien Rainbows take on Hamrun Spartans, Gzira United face Pembroke Athleta while Birkirkara meet Mosta in the other matches.
Tarxien Rainbows vs Hamrun Spartans, kick-off 18:00 at Hibernians Stadium
The Rainbows registered their first win as they beat Floriana 1-0 following a draw with Gzira and two defeats to Birkirkara and St. Andrews. Hamrun, on the other hand, defeated Hibernians and St. Andrews, drew with Gzira and suffered their only defeat to Birkirkara.

Tarxien will be unable to field their best formation due to the absnece of the injured Ayrton Azzopardi and the suspended Sergio Fernandez Prendes and Rogelio Avila.

Hibernians vs Balzan, kick-off 20:00 at Hibernians Stadium
Balzan could take sole leadership should they beat Hibernians. Oliver Spiteri’s side is the only one with an unbeaten record following wins over Mosta, Pembroke and Floriana and a 2-2 draw with Valletta. Hibernians, on the other hand, hope to make it four wins in a row after defeating Sliema, Mosta and Pembroke following an initial upset to Hamrun.

Anderson Francisco de Barros is ruled out injured for Balzan. Hibernians, on the other hand, could not count on Rui da Gracia Gomes and Diosdado Mbele.

Gzira United vs Pembroke Athleta, kick-off 18:00 at Victor Tedesco Stadium
Gzira United hope to return to winning ways after they suffered their first defeat, losing 1-2 to Mosta after collecting five points from the previous three matches in two draws with Tarxien and Hamrun and a win over Sliema. Pembroke, on the other hand, are still chasing their first points after losing to Floriana, Balzan, Valletta and Hibernians.

Brazilian duo Robert Pinho de Souza and Joceano da Silva Santos are ruled out through suspension while Souleymane Diamoutene and Dyson Falzon are ruled out injured with the presence of Liliu also in doubt. Pembroke, on the other hand, should be in full strength.

Birkirkara vs Mosta, kick-off 20:15 at Victor Tedesco Stadium
Following a 1-2 defeat to Sliema, Birkirkara will be all out to return to winning ways as they take on Mosta after obtaining maximum points from the first three matches. The Blues, on the other hand, registered their first win during the weekend as they defeated Gzira 2-1 after losing the first three matches to Balzan, Valletta and Hibernians.

Njongo Priso is ruled out for Mosta as he serves a one-match ban.