Birkirkara seek first points in difficult Balzan test

After suffering back-to-back defeats, Birkirkara will be hoping to opening their account on Saturday as they take on Balzan in one of the four BOV Premier League matches in programme at the National Stadium and the Centenary Stadium.

Sliema Wanderers also seek their first points as they take on Gzira United who are chasing their first win. Sirens hope to continue to impress in the clash with Hibernians while Senglea Athletic face Mosta.

Sirens vs Hibernians, kick-off 18:00 Centenary Stadium

Following a 1-1 draw with Senglea Athletic and a fine 4-3 win over Mosta, newly-promoted Sirens hope to earn more precious points from the clash with Hibernians. The Paolites disappointed in a 1-1 draw with Gudja United in their first outing but bounced back with a 4-1 win over neighbours Tarxien Rainbows.

Senglea Athletic vs Mosta, kick-off 20:15 Centenary Stadium

After beating Birkirkara in their last game, following a draw with Sirens, Senglea Athletic hope to maintain their positive run as they take on a Mosta side, eager to return to winning ways after losing to Sirens in their last game following a comfortable 4-0 win over Tarxien Rainbows.

Gzira United vs Sliema Wanderers, kick-off 18:00 National Stadium

After two goalless draws with Hamrun Spartans and Santa Lucia, Gzira United will be aiming to score their first goals and register their first win in the derby against Sliema Wanderers. The Wanderers are still chasing their first points following a 1-2 defeat to Balzan and a 1-3 defeat to Valletta.

Birkirkara vs Balzan, kick-off 20:00 National Stadium

After losing to Floriana and Senglea Athletic – two defeats which led to the resignation of coach John Buttigieg and the appointment of Andre Paus as their new coach, Birkirkara will be hoping to claim their first points as they take on Balzan. The latter defeated Sliema Wanderers 2-1 in their first outing but lost narrowly to Floriana in the second game.

Two players are set to make their debut after joining their respective clubs on the final transfer deadline – Ryan Fenech for Birkirkara and Luke Montebello for Balzan. Birkirkara, however, could not count on the suspended Jeferson Ferreira.