Gzira eager to bounce back after FA Trophy upset

After suffering a shock exit to Senglea Athletic in the FA Trophy, Gzira United will be all out to return to winning ways as they take on Mosta in one of the four BOV Premier League matches in programme on Saturday.

Leaders Floriana take on Santa Lucia, Gudja United face Senglea Athletic and Sliema Wanderers meet Birkirkara in the other three matches.

Gzira United vs Mosta, kick-off 14:00 Centenary Stadium

After losing surprisingly to Senglea Athletic in the FA Trophy third round last week, Gzira will be all out to bounce back with a win over Mosta in order to maintain the pressure on leaders Floriana. The Maroons, who are currently second – three points behind the Greens, won six out of the last seven league matches, losing only to Sirens.

Mosta, on the other hand, are joint-eighth on 13 points but lost the last three league matches although they registered a most comfortable 7-0 win over Rabat Ajax in the FA Trophy.

Gudja United vs Senglea Athletic, kick-off 16:15 Centenary Stadium

After claiming seven points from the last three matches, Gudja United, who also managed to eliminated Lija Athletic in the FA Trophy, will be aiming for another positive result as they take on Senglea Athletic. On the other hand, boosted by the win over Gzira in the FA Trophy, Senglea will be aiming to return to winning ways after losing three out of the last four league matches. They won just one out of the last eight league matches. One point separates the two teams with Senglea tenth on twelve points, one ahead of Gudja and Sliema.

Elvis Sakyi and Sean Cipriott are ruled out through suspension for Senglea while Rundell Winchester serves a one-match ban for Gudja.

Floriana vs Santa Lucia, kick-off 14:00 Hibernians Stadium

After dropping four points in two draws, Floriana will be aiming for a win as they take on Santa Lucia. The Greens lead the way in the BOV Premier League with 25 points after remaining unbeaten in eleven matches and last week, they eliminated Melita from the FA Trophy, beating them 6-1.

Santa Lucia disappointed in recent Premier League outings after earning just two points from the last seven matches but bounced back in style in the FA Trophy with a 2-0 win over Sliema Wanderers. They are currently second from bottom in the BOV Premier League table with ten points.

Sliema Wanderers vs Birkirkara, kick-off 16:00 Hibernians Stadium

After a poor start to their Premier League campaign, Sliema and Birkirkara hope to continue their recovery with maximum points from this clash. After a most disappointing start, Birkirkara are now joint-eighth on thirteen points and Sliema joint-eleventh. Both sides registered back-to-back wins in their last league outings. However while Birkirkara registered a narrow win over Nadur Youngsters in the FA Trophy, Sliema lost 0-2 to Santa Lucia.

The Wanderers will be without the suspended Kurt Shaw, Mark Scerri and Edmond Agius.