Floriana will be aiming to regain the top spot as they take on Sirens in one of the three BOV Premier League matches in programme on Sunday. Hamrun Spartans face Santa Lucia and Birkirkara meet Sliema Wanderers.
As things stand, Floriana, Hibernians, Birkirkara, Gzira United and Hamrun Spartans are sure of playing among the top six while Balzan, Santa Lucia and Sliema Wanderers will be playing among the bottom six.
At the National Stadium, kick-off at 14:00, Santa Lucia face Hamrun Spartans.
Following Saturday’s games, Hamrun have been assured a place among the top six but a win would put them back in fourth place. The Spartans, however, are eager to return to winning ways as they failed to win in the last seven matches. losing twice and earning points in five draws, including the 0-0 draw with Hibernians last week. Santa Lucia are currently second from bottom on 19 points and their only objective is to collect precious points in the battle against relegation after claiming maximum points from back-to-back wins over Valletta and Birkirkara.
The Spartans will be without the suspended Claude Dielna and Isaac Ntow.
In the first round, Hamrun defeated Santa Lucia 3-0.
At the Tony Bezzina Stadium, kick-off at 14:00, Sirens take on Floriana.
The Greens target a fifth successive win to extend their positive run to eleven matches as their last defeat was the 1-2 defeat to Sirens in the first round. Lying two points behind the Paolites, only a win would hand them sole leadership. However, Sirens need three points to secure a top-six finish as they are currently sixth on 27 points, one ahead of Gudja United and two ahead of Valletta and Mosta with another match-day yet to play next week. The St. Paul’s Bay side failed to win in the last three matches, holding Birkirkara and Hamrun in draws and losing 1-2 to Balzan.
Oualid El Hasni and Ryan Camenzuli are ruled out for the Stripes through suspension.
At the National Stadium, kick-off at 18:00, Sliema Wanderers face Birkirkara.
Lying at the bottom of the table, Sliema could only aim at earning precious points from this clash with Birkirkara who are currently third in the table, securing a top-six finish. The Blues lost three out of their last four matches while the Stripes suffered a shock 2-3 defeat to Santa Lucia after beating Hibernians 3-2 in the previous game. A win is a must for Andre Paus’ side in order to keep the pace with Floriana and Hibernians.
Cain Attard serves a one-match ban for Birkirkara.
In the first round, Birkirkara defeated Sliema 2-0.