The BOV Premier League resumes this weekend following the international break which saw the Malta national team suffer heavy defeats to Croatia and Slovakia and the Under-21 side lose to Spain and bounce back with a fine win in Northern Ireland.
In the first match at the Tony Bezzina Stadium, kick-off at 14:00, Mosta take on Gzira United.
The two teams share the eighth place on nine points. The Blues hope to extend their positive streak as they defeated Balzan, drew with Santa Lucia and Floriana and beat Sliema in their last four outings. The Maroons, on the other hand, will be aiming to return to winning ways after suffering back-to-back 1-2 defeats to Balzan and Floriana.
Tyrone Farrugia is ruled out for Mosta as he serves a three-match ban. Gzira’s Luke Tabone is also suspended but the Maroons could have Croatian goalkeeper Darijan Zarkov could make his debut after joining the club earlier this week.
At the National Stadium, kick-off at 16:00, Sliema Wanderers face Valletta.
The Wanderers remain at the bottom of the table with four points from eight matches as they continue to chase their first win. They are also the team which scored the least number of goals. Valletta, on the other hand, share third place with rivals Floriana, collecting seven points from the last three matches as they defeated Sirens, drew with leaders Hibernians and beat Santa Lucia.
At the Tony Bezzina Stadium, kick-off at 18:00, Gudja United cross swords with Floriana.
After beating Sliema and Valletta in September, Gudja suffered three defeats in October, losing to Birkirkara, Hamrun and Balzan and are now third from bottom on seven points. Floriana, on the other hand, defeated Balzan and following a 1-1 draw with Mosta, beat Gzira in their last outing.
Gudja could not count on the suspended Hubert Vella.