The Malta FA Trophy takes centre stage this weekend with the eight matches from the fourth round of the competition. Ten Premier League clubs along with First Division sides Lija Athletic, Zebbug Rangers and Zejtun Corinthians; Fgura United and Melita from Division 2 and Gozitan side Xewkija Tigers will battle for a place in the quarter-finals, scheduled for February 23 and 24
In the first match at the Centenary Stadium on Saturday, kick-off at 14:00, Hibernians take on neighbours Fgura United. The Paolites, currently joint-leaders in the BOV Premier League, eliminated Qormi, beating them 5-1. Fgura, on the other hand, beat Ghaxaq 4-1 after extra-time and San Gwann 1-0. They are currently leaders in the BOV Second Division, winning their last four matches.
In the second match, kick-off at 16:15, Tarxien Rainbows face First Division side Zebbug Rangers. The Rainbows are currently eighth in the BOV Premier League. They defeated Vittoriosa Stars 3-0 in the third round. The Rangers, on the other hand, beat Marsaxlokk 1-0 and Birzebbuga St. Peter’s 5-0. Zebbug are fourth from bottom in the BOV First Division. They claimed just three points from the last seven league matches, losing four games.
In the first match at the Hibernians Stadium, kick-off at 14:00, Pietà Hotspurs take on First Division side Zejtun Corinthians. Pietà lie joint-second from bottom in the BOV Premier League after losing their last five matches, going seven matches without a win. In the previous round, they eliminated Mdina Knights 4-1. Zejtun, on the other hand, beat Naxxar Lions 2-1 and Pembroke Athleta 2-0. The Corinthians are currently fifth in the BOV First Division as they bounced back from a disappointing run thanks to four wins in the last four matches.
The other match at the Hibernians Stadium, kick-off at 16:00, is one of two direct clashes from the BOV Premier League – Mosta vs Sliema Wanderers. Sliema are currently seventh on 26 points and Mosta eleventh on twelve. In the previous round, Mosta defeated Senglea Athletic 3-2 after extra-time while Sliema beat St. Andrews 2-0. Mosta won just one game out of the last twelve matches, losing 0-3 to Senglea Athletic in their last outing. Sliema, on the other hand, lost two out of the last four matches, sharing the spoils in a draw with Floriana last week.
Fixtures for Sunday 27 January
|14:00||Centenary Stadium||Gzira United vs Melita|
|16:15||Centenary Stadium||Lija Athletic vs Valletta|
|14:00||National Stadium||Balzan vs Xewkija Tigers|
|16:00||National Stadium||Birkirkara vs Hamrun Spartans|