Leaders Hibernians take on Valletta in one of the three matches in programme on Saturday while Floriana hope to close in on the leaders with a win over Mosta. Balzan and Gzira United seek precious points from the other match as they seek a top-six finish.
At the Tony Bezzina Stadium, kick-off at 14:00, Floriana take on Mosta.
Lying four points behind Hibernians, Floriana will be aiming to narrow the gap with the leaders with a win over Mosta, hoping that Hibernians drop points in their clash with Valletta. The Greens are unbeaten in seven matches, dropping their only points in two draws and defeated Ghajnsielem 1-0 in the Izibet FA Trophy on Tuesday. Mosta, on the other hand, are third from bottom on 18 points, six ahead of Santa Lucia and eight ahead of Sliema. The Blues earned maximum points from their last two matches, defeating Balzan 3-2 and Santa Lucia 1-0 and went on to register a 5-0 win over Luqa St. Andrew’s in the FA Trophy.
In the first round, Mosta and Floriana shared the spoils in a 1-1.
At the National Stadium, kick-off at 16:00, Valletta face leaders Hibernians.
After earning just six points from the last four matches, Hibernians cannot afford any result other than a win in order to stay four points clear of Floriana. In their last league outing they defeated Sliema 1-0 and then eliminated Nadur Youngsters from the Izibet FA Trophy, beating them 2-0. On the other hand, lying in seventh place, the Citizens are desperate for points. They lost five out of the last seven matches, earning just two points in draws and losing 1-2 to Sirens in their last game. In the FA Trophy, they defeated Marsaskala 5-0.
Hibernians count not count on Joseph Zerafa while for Valletta, Ryan Camilleri and Eslit Sala are ruled out through suspension.
In the first round, Valletta held Hibernians in a 1-1 draw.
At the Tony Bezzina Stadium, kick-off at 18:00, Balzan meet Gzira United.
Four points separate the two teams with Gzira lying in sixth place on 24 points and Balzan sharing the eighth place with Gudja on 20. Balzan lost four out of the last five matches, earning a point in a draw with Hamrun and losing 1-2 to Floriana in their last outing. In the Izibet FA Trophy, they defeated Pieta’ Hotspurs 4-1. Gzira, on the other hand, are on a high following an impressive 4-1 win over Hamrun Spartans last week. That was only the second win in six matches for Darren Abdilla’s side.
Balzan’s Paul Fenech and Gzira’s Steve Pisani are ruled out as they serve a one-match ban.
In the first round, Balzan defeated Gzira 2-1.