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Gżira United, Ħamrun Spartans aim to maintain unbeaten start
Sep 21, 2018
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Valletta v Qormi – (Friday – National Stadium, 7pm)


Buoyed by their emphatic 3-0 win over Birkirkara, champions Valletta will be bidding to make it two wins in a row when they meet Qormi. The latter are coming from a 2-2 draw against Pietà Hotspurs.
  


Valletta coach Danilo Doncic is expected to field the same formation that produced such a strong performance against Birkirkara.

 

The three-pronged attacked of Matteo Piciollo, Bojan Kaljevic and Mario Fontanella looked menacing throughout Sunday’s game.

 

This is a difficult test for Qormi who have nonetheless had a positive start on their return to the top flight, collecting four points from their first three games.

 

Pietà Hotspurs v Senglea Athletic – (Friday – Victor Tedesco Stadium, 6pm)


This promises to be one of the most balanced games of matchday four where the result can go either way.

 

Senglea Athletic, still looking to earn their first points and score their first goal this season, have appointed a new coach, Italian Enzo Potenza.

 

They also moved to strengthen their squad with the signings of Argentine duo Matias Garcia and Augusto Caseres and Italian players Fabrizio Brambati and Salvatore Amabile.

 

Belgian Nour Eddine Lachrach returns from suspension.

 

Pietà Hotspurs, who have picked up one point after drawing with Qormi in their last game (2-2), will also be determined to chalk up their first victory of the season.

 

Goalkeeper Nicky Vella played a binder against Qormi, also saving a penalty from Mario Andres Arrieta.

 

Balzan v Mosta – (Friday – Victor Tedesco Stadium, 8pm)

 

This game pitches two teams who are coming from back-to-back wins after both lost their first game of the season.

 

Balzan cruised to a comfortable 5-0 win over Senglea Athletic last weekend while Mosta beat Tarxien Rainbows 3-1.
Uruguayan Ricardo Correa is still missing for Balzan as he will serve the last of a three-match ban.

 

Mosta, under the guidance of coach Enrico Piccioni, are expected to be at full strength.

 

St Andrews v Sliema Wanderers – (Saturday – Victor Tedesco Stadium, 6pm)

 

St Andrews and Sliema Wanderers will be looking to bounce back after losing their last game – the Saints went down 1-0 to Ħamrun Spartans while the Wanderers suffered their first defeat at the hands of Gżira United (2-0).

 

Jamaican defender Amoy Brown is suspended for the Saints after being sent off for two bookings against the Spartans.
 

The Wanderers had nothing going for them in their loss to Gżira as they conceded an own-goal, had a penalty saved and midfielder Ryan Fenech was sent off at half-time for use of abusive language.

 

Fenech has been suspended for three games.

 

Tarxien Rainbows vs Ħamrun Spartans – (Saturday – Victor Tedesco Stadium – 8.15pm)

 

Tarxien Rainbows will play Ħamrun Spartans who are the only team who have not conceded in their opening three games.

 

The Spartans aim to extend their positive start as they are still unbeaten and sharing top spot with Gżira United on seven points.

 

Coach Giovanni Tedesco is not expected to make drastic changes to his team.

 

The Rainbows hope that Michele Paolucci will maintain his fine form after the Italian striker was named BOV player of the month for August.

 

Gżira United vs Hibernians – (Sunday – National Stadium, 6pm)

 

An attractive fixture as Gżira United meet Hibernians for the 24th time in top division. Hibernians top the head-to-head record, winning 17 games, Gżira have won 4 and the other two ended in a draw.

 

The Maroons’ morale is sky-high as they are coming from a 2-0 win over Sliema Wanderers with goalkeeper, Justin Haber keeping a clean sheet and also distinguishing himself by saving a penalty from Matias Muchardi.

 

Hibernians will be looking to pick themselves up after their 2-0 defeat against Floriana.

 

Stefano Sanderra has utilised the smallest number of players till now with a total of 14 – eight Maltese and six foreigners… Timothy Tabone Desira, Bjorn Kristensen and Nicolas Taylon were always used as substitutes.

 

Floriana vs Birkirkara – (Sunday – National Stadium, 8pm)

 

Matchday four ends with the clash between Floriana and Birkirkara, with the latter going all out to make up for their 3-0 defeat against Valletta. 

 

Nothing but a win will satisfy both sides with Floriana looking for their second win to keep the pace with the top teams while Birkirkara also have little margin for error.

 

The Stripes welcome back Cain Attard from suspension.

 

Floriana haven’t won against Birkirkara in their last three meetings.

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