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Sliema, Ħamrun in clash of resurgent teams
Oct 27, 2017
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Photos: Joe Borg/MFA
Photos: Joe Borg/MFA

  • Photos: Joe Borg/MFA
  • Photos: Joe Borg/MFA
  • Photos: Joe Borg/MFA
  • Photos: Joe Borg/MFA

The end of October features matchday 9 of this season’s BOV Premier League. The enticing clash between Sliema Wanderers and Ħamrun Spartans on Monday wraps up this weekend’s programme.
  


Both teams are on a high after winning their last league match.

 

The Spartans came from a goal down to beat Senglea Athletic 3-1 while Sliema Wanderers edged champions Hibernians 1-0 to join the Paolites and Floriana on 14 points.

 

A balanced and competitive championship has created a tight situation in the upper half of the standings with Ħamrun Spartans are just one point behind the third-placed trio on 13 points.

 

Ħamrun are boosted by the return of Pedro Enrique who has completed a four-match ban.

 

After outclassing Tarxien Rainbows to join Gżira United on top on 19 points, Valletta face St Andrews on Saturday.

 

The Citizens will be looking to maintain their title charge after winning three games in a row.

 

Not the same can be said of St Andrews who are languishing in the bottom part of the standings after losing their last two games.

 

During the week, Marko Glumac stepped down as St Andrews coach only a few weeks after being announced as Danilo Doncic’s successor.

 

CURTAIN-RAISER


This weekend’s seven-match programme kicks off on Friday evening with Gżira United looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season when they meet Senglea Athletic at the Centenary Stadium.

 

Last Friday, the Maroons saw their unbeaten run come to an end as they lost 2-1 to Balzan.

 

Coach Darren Abdilla must cope without defender Souleymane Diamoutene who received a one-match ban after seeing red last week while Samba Tounkara will serve the third of a three-match suspension.

 

After a promising start, Senglea have struggled lately, gaining only one point from their last four matches.

 

Argentine winger Ivan Edgardo Paz is out for Senglea as he starts a three-match ban after being dismissed for violent conduct in the defeat to Ħamrun.

 

HIBS LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK


In other matches Hibernians will be going all out to get back back to winning ways when they meet bottom side Lija Athletic on Saturday. 

 

The Paolites missed the chance to narrow the gap on the pacesetters after they came unstuck against Sliema.
Lija, who squandered a host of scoring chances in their 2-0 defeat to Birkirkara, will be without goalkeeper Luke Bonnici and Daniel Scerri, both suspended.

 

Floriana, who meet Naxxar Lions on Saturday, are still unbeaten this season but their 2-2 draw against Mosta last weekend was their fifth draw from their opening eight games.

 

No doubt, the Greens need to be more clinical and embark on a winning run if they are to challenge for the title.

 

Coach Giovanni Tedesco can’t rely Henrique Ricciardi Oyama who is suspended after his red card in the 2-2 draw against Mosta.

 

On Friday, Floriana captain Steve Pisani was suspended for one match for four games.

 

Birkirkara will be seeking to make it two successive wins when they take on Tarxien on Saturday. The latter will be eyeing an improved display after their 6-0 defeat to Valletta.

 

On Monday, Balzan, who have three wins from their last four matches, meet Mosta who are having a very positive season.
Mosta will be without Ivan Maric, suspended.

 

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