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Hibs target eighth win in a row, Gżira face Mosta
Dec 7, 2018
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Birkirkara vs Qormi (Friday – National Stadium, 7pm)

 

Birkirkara, currently in the seventh place, face Qormi who are sharing bottom spot with Senglea Athletic on four points.
 


The Stripes start as favourties to win this encounter but they are unlikely to underestimate Qormi who will be looking to produce an upset and end a dismal run of eight successive defeats.

 

Birkirkara have won four and lost four of their last eight games. They will be strengthened by the return of Kurt Zammit, who missed the Mosta win due to suspension.

 

St Andrews vs Floriana (Saturday – Centenary Stadium, 2pm)

 

This encounter brings together two teams who are coming from identical 1-0 defeats – St Andrews lost narrowly to champions Valletta while Floriana went down to Gżira United.

 

Just one point separates the two teams with the Saints, in ninth place, just above the struggling Greens.

 

St Andrews welcome back Jamaican striker Amoy Brown who missed the Valletta defeat due to suspension.

 

Floriana, under the guidance of Italian coach Guido Ugolotti, are expected to field the same formation that started the Gżira match.

 

Tarxien Rainbows vs Valletta (Saturday – Centenary Stadium, 4.15pm)

 

Champions Valletta are widely fancied to extend their positive run but they will be bracing themselves for a stern challenge from Tarxien Rainbows who are eighth.

 

The Lilywhites need a win to keep up with front-runners Gżira United and Hibernians as the end of the first round draws closer.

 

Defender Joseph Zerafa returns from suspension for Valletta after being sent off in the 0-0 draw against Gżira United.

 

The Rainbows, who are coming from a 3-0 win over Pietà Hotspurs, will have coach José Borg watching the game from the stands as he is serving a touchline ban.

 

Ħamrun Spartans vs Pietà Hotspurs (Saturday – Hibernians Stadium, 2pm)

 

Ħamrun Spartans face neighbours Pietà Hotspurs in what promises to be an open encounter.

 

The Spartans are coming from a 2-2 draw against Balzan while Pietà failed to find the net in a 3-0 defeat against Tarxien Rainbows.

 

The two teams are expected to field their best formation. Defender Antoinio de Queiroz Macedo returns from suspension for the Hotspurs.

 

Sliema Wanderers vs Balzan (Saturday – Hibernians Stadium, 4pm)

 

This fixture is regarded as the highlight of the weekend with fourth-placed Sliema Wanderers facing Balzan, who are three points behind them.

 

Only a win will satisfy Balzan in their quest to stay in the hunt for a top-four finish.

 

Sliema Wanderers are eyeing their third consecutive win. The Blues are boosted by the return of Mark Scerri.

 

Gżira United vs Mosta (Sunday – National Stadium, 2pm)

 

Gżira United, the only unbeaten team this season, lock horns with Mosta who are coming from six consecutive defeats.

 

Mosta are now under the charge of coach Mark Miller who has replaced Italian Enrico Piccioni. This will be Miller’s second game at the helm of Mosta after starting his reign with a 3-0 defeat against Birkirkara.

 

Alessio De Cerchio returns from suspension for Mosta.

 

The Maroons will be without the injured Amadou Samb and Haruna Zambuk Garba who is suspended. Juan Carlos Corbalan is also suspended for Gżira after being shown his fourth yellow card in the 1-0 victory over Floriana.

 

Hibernians vs Senglea Athletic (Sunday – National Stadium, 4pm)

 

Matchday 12 ends with the game between front-runners Hibernians and Senglea Athletic who are last. 

 

While the Paolites are coming from seven wins in a row, Senglea lost six of their last seven games.

 

An interesting fact is that if Hibernians emerge as winners on Sunday, they will eclipse Valletta’s best sequence of seven consecutive wins this season.

 

The two teams have one player suspended – Nemanja Radojevic, of Hibernians, and Imanol Senglea’s Gonzalez Benac who both picked up the fourth yellow card in their teams’ last outings.

 

Ferdinando Salvati and Tcanturia Romani return for Senglea while Bjorn Kristensen is back in the equation for the Paolites.
 

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