Malta Football Association
Joint-leaders Gżira United in tricky clash with Floriana
Nov 23, 2018
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BOV Premier League

The 2018-19 BOV Premier League returns following the national team’s commitments in the UEFA Nations League.

Balzan vs Ħamrun Spartans (Friday – National Stadium, 7pm)

Matchday 11 kicks off with the clash between Balzan and Ħamrun Spartans who are sharing fifth place in the standings on 18 points.


Balzan will be looking to make it two wins in a row following their 3-1 victory over Tarxien Rainbows before the international break.


They will be up against an upbeat Ħamrun Spartans who are coming from three consecutive wins which propelled them up the standings.


Njongo Priso, Karl Micallef and Sebastian Nayar return for the Spartans.


Balzan will be without defender Michael Johnson, suspended, but welcome back Milos Lepovic.


Senglea Athletic vs Sliema Wanderers (Saturday – Centenary Stadium, 2pm)

Sliema Wanderers, in third place, face Senglea Athletic who are languishing in the bottom part of the standings.


The Wanderers start as favourites to pick up the three points while Senglea will be looking to upset their more-quoted opponents.


French player Kilian Amehi and Frank Temile return from suspension for the Blues.


Senglea are boosted by the return of Argentinian Braian Alexis Volpini but will miss Italian player Ferdinando Salvati, suspended.


Valletta vs St Andrews (Saturday – Centenary Stadium, 4.15pm)


Valletta saw their seven-game winning streak halted by leaders Gżira United as the top clash before the international break ended goalless.


The champions will be going all out to get back to winning ways but St Andrews are proving a hard nut to crack.


St Andrews dropped two points in their last encounter following a 3-3 draw against Pietà Hotspurs.


Joseph Zerafa is out for Valletta after being sent off for two yellow cards in the last game against Gżira.


St Andrews will be without Amoy Brown who collected his fourth yellow card in the game against the Hotspurs.


Mosta vs Birkirkara (Saturday – Hibernians Stadium, 2pm)

A must-win game for Birkirkara and Mosta who are both coming from a defeat.


Birkirkara’s negative patch has seen the slip to seventh place with 15 points from 10 games while Mosta are third from bottom on seven points.


Danilo Chapoval returns for the Stripes but Kurt Zammit is suspended after being shown his fourth yellow card in the 2-1 defeat to Hibernians.


Mosta will be led for the first time by new coach Mark Miller who has succeeded Italian Enrico Piccioni.


Floriana v Gżira United (Saturday – Hibernians Stadium, 4pm)

This is possibly the stand-out fixture of matchday 11.


A delicate and difficult encounter for both teams with Gżira United eyeing the three points to stay top while Floriana need the points to improve their lowly position in the standings.


Floriana have appointed their third coach this season, Italian Guido Ugolotti who takes over from Belgian Luis Oliveira.


The Greens started the season under the charge of Nicolas Chiesa.


For their part, the Maroons are the only unbeaten team in the top flight this season. They are currently sharing first place with Hibernians on 24 points.


Coach Darren Abdilla must cope without Amadou Samb for a long period of the time after the Senegalese striker suffered a serious injury in the 0-0 draw against Valletta.


Pietà Hotspurs vs Tarxien Rainbows (Sunday – National Stadium, 2pm)


This is a direct encounter between two teams lying the lower rungs of the table.


The Hotspurs are coming from a 3-3 draw against St Andrews while the Rainbows suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Balzan.


Both teams have a player suspended – Antonio Orlando Machedo for Pietà Hotspurs and Anderson De Barros for Tarxien Rainbows.


While Paul Chimezie returns from suspension for the Hotspurs, Daniel Zerafa and Moldovan Radu Rogac are back for the Rainbows.


Qormi vs Hibernians (Sunday – National Stadium, 4pm)

Matchday 11 closes with the game between Qormi and Hibernians.


The two teams are at opposite ends of the standings with Hibs leading the pace and Qormi sharing bottom place with Senglea Athletic.


The Paolites, who beat Birkirkara 2-1 in their last outing, will be upbeat about making it seven wins in a row.


While Qormi are expected to field their best formation, Hibernians will be without Bjorn midfielder Bjorn Kristensen, suspended.


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