Floriana hope to extend positive run

Floriana will be hoping to extend their positive run in the BOV Premier League to ten matches as they take on Hamrun Spartans in one of the two matches in programme at the Victor Tedesco Stadium on Saturday.

The Greens won five out of the last nine matches, with the other four ending in draws and are coming from a goalless draw with rivals Valletta. A win would enable them to move in third place although Valletta would have a game in hand – against Hibernians on Sunday.

The Spartans lost their last two matches to St. Andrews and Tarxien Rainbows but now aim for a fresh start following the appointment of Jacques Scerri as their new coach.

Manolito Micallef could make his first appearance for the Spartans after moving on loan from Pembroke in exchange for Daren Falzon. Luis Miguel Vergara Rodrigues and Sergio Raphael dos Anjos Raphael will be back from suspension. Floriana, on the other hand, could not count on the suspended Steve Pisani while the presence of Enrico Pepe, Antonio Monticelli and Jurgen Pisani is in doubt.

In the first round, the two teams shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw.

Meanwhile in the first match, St. Andrews will be aiming for three precious points as they take on Mosta.

The Saints claimed five points from the last five matches and a win on Saturday would enable them to climb up in a more comfortable position. Mosta, on the other hand, lost five out of the last six matches and chase their first win since the appointement of new coach Zsolt Hornyak.

For St. Andrews, Ante Bakmaz and Enmy Manuel Pena Beltre are ruled out through suspension. Njongo Priso serves the second game of his four-match ban.

Mosta beat St. Andrews 1-0 in the first round.