Malta Football Association
Upbeat Gżira United in tough clash with Balzan
Oct 19, 2017
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BOV Premier League
Photo: Domenic Aquilina/MFA
Photo: Domenic Aquilina/MFA

  • Photo: Domenic Aquilina/MFA
  • Photo: Domenic Aquilina/MFA
  • Photo: Domenic Aquilina/MFA
  • Photo: Jonathan Bugeja
  • Photo: Jonathan Bugeja

Two potential title candidates will be involved in a direct clash this weekend as leaders Gżira United meet Balzan on Friday at the Victor Tedesco Stadium (20.15).

Gżira United have taken the BOV Premier League by storm this season. They trounced Ħamrun Spartans 4-0 last Sunday to extend their unbeaten run and retain top spot in the standings with 19 points from seven games.


Samba Tounkara is out for Gżira as he will serve the second of a three-match suspension.


Coach Darren Abdilla welcomes back Moises Avila Peres after the Spaniard was suspended for the game against the Spartans.


After a stuttering start, Balzan seem to be finding their feet, taking eight points from their last four matches.
Balzan, fifth on 12 points, have no suspended players.


Another attractive fixture this weekend is that between Sliema Wanderers and Hibernians. The match, at the Centenary Stadium on Sunday, brings the curtain down on matchday 8 of the 2017-18 BOV Premier League.


Hibernians kept the pace at the top after edging Senglea Athletic 1-0 last weekend. The champions are third on 14 points, five behind Gżira and two adrift of Valletta.


Sliema Wanderers also come into this match on a high after their 3-0 victory over Birkirkara last Sunday lifted them on the 11-point mark.



These are difficult times for Birkirkara who have suffered four defeats in their opening seven matches and failed to score in four matches.


Coach Paul Zammit, who took over from Peter Pullicino in the first week of September, knows that Birkirkara can’t afford to lose again when they meet Lija Athletic who are still looking for their first win this season and lie bottom of the table with just one point.


Last weekend, Birkirkara’s difficulties were ruthlessly exposed by Sliema Wanderers who won 3-0 while Lija Athletic suffered a 4-2 defeat against Valletta.



Senglea Athletic are boosted by the return of Antonio Terraciano and Augusto Rene Caceres when they face Ħamrun Spartans on Saturdaya at the Centenary Stadium.


Both teams need a win to get back on track.


Senglea lost their last encounter against Hibernians while the Spartans were soundly beaten by Gżira United last weekend.


Pedro Enrique is out for the Spartans as he has yet to see out his four-match ban.


Only two points seperate the two teams with Ħamrun seventh on 10 points while Senglea have eight.


In other matches, Floriana still unbeaten this season, take on Mosta who edged St Andrews 1-0 last weekend.


Valletta, second on 16 points, play Tarxien Rainbows who will be without defender Andrè Scicluna, suspended, while Naxxar Lions face St Andrews in a clash between two struggling sides.


Ousseynou Ndaye is suspended for the Lions who went down 2-1 to Tarxien last weekend.

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