Leaders clash against Champions in this weekend’s biggest game

Friday, October 15, 2010, 10:31

by Joshua Cacciattolo

The BOV Premier League returns after a two weeks break due to international commitments with current leaders and championship favorites Valletta take on current champions Birkirkara tonight at 7:30pm at the National Stadium. This game is being screened live on Malta Stars.

BOV Premier League leaders Valletta - Photo by Joe Borg

BOV Premier League leaders Valletta - Photo by Joe Borg

Paul Zammit has all the squad at his disposal after Nikola Vucanac served his three match ban and welcomes back skipper Michael Galea after he missed the Stripes’ last gasp 2-1 victory against Hibernians. The Stripes also added more depth to their team after the signing of Scottish goalkeeper Michael Fraser.

Leaders Valletta recovered hard-working Roderick Briffa who will be playing against his former club, but are still without their experienced captain Gilbert Agius and defender Kenneth Scicluna.

On Saturday Vittoriosa, still without a win this season, meet Sliema Wanderers. Winston Muscat’s squad is still searching for their first points and they have no selection problems. Mark Malow welcomes back John Mintoff after he missed the Wanderers’ 3-1 victory against Hamrun due to suspension. The Blues in the mean time have released Alinho who joined Martin Gregory’s Melita

In Saturday’s second match, also live on Malta Stars, last season surprise duo clash, as Tarxien Rainbows take on Qormi at 17:00. After their 1-0 win against Vittoriosa thanks to a Ricardo Costa late strike, Tarxien can make use of Daniel Mariano Bueno’s services this season after he received the international clearance. The Black and Yellows were unlucky in the loss against current leaders Valletta and have no selection problems, thus looking for their second victory in the Premier League.

On Sunday old rivals meet at the National Stadium with Hamrun Spartans and Floriana going head to head at 15:00. Hamrun start as slight favourites against Todor Raykov side, with Steve D’Amato having no selection problems and will seek to bounce back after their first lost of the season. The Greens welcome back Bulgarian right-midfielder Kiril Dzhorov after he served a one match ban for his remarks towards Birkirkara Supporters.

Southsiders Marsaxlokk take on rivals Hiberians in what promises to be a balanced match with Patrick Curmi’s squad having yet to lose a game and yet to score from an open play. Marsaxlokk will miss ex-Hibs Peter Pullicino after he was sent off in the 1-0 win against Floriana, a game that was sealed thanks to Julio Alcorse’s 81st minute penalty. Meanwhile Mark Miller has no selection problems and be looking to bounce back from last gasp defeat against Birkirkara.

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