Hibernians will be crowned champions for the twelfth time in the history of the club should they beat St. Andrews in one of the BOV Premier League matches in programme at the National Stadium on Sunday.
Following a 1-1 draw with Hamrun Spartans, Balzan failed to leapfrog the Paolites and now lie one point behind the leaders. Therefore Hibernians need just one win from the last two matches to secure the title.
Last week, Hibs lost 0-2 to Birkirkara but on Sunday, they will be all out to register a third win over St. Andrews this season after beating them 1-0 and 2-1 in the previous rounds although the Saints collected precious points in draws with Valletta, Birkirkara and Floriana and a 3-1 win over Valletta last week.
St. Andrews could not count on the suspended Ziga Kastrevec.
Meanwhile in the second match, Gzira United take on Birkirkara.
Following Valletta’s second consecutive win, the Stripes would move third should they beat Gzira on Sunday. An eventual third place could still mean nothing unless the appeal for a UEFA licence is upheld. Birkirkara are unbeaten in nine matches and are coming from three impressive performances – a 3-1 win over Balzan, a 3-3 draw with Valletta and a 2-0 win over Hibernians. The Maroons, on the other hand, failed to win in their last four matches although they held Valletta and Floriana in draws.
Birkirkara could not count on the suspended Srdjan Dimitrov and Miguel Angel Alba. Louis Rene Zome is suspended for Gzira.
In the previous rounds, Birkirkara defeated Gzira 7-1 and 2-1.