Make or break for BirkirkaraFriday, February 3, 2012, 15:29
by Joshua Cacciattolo
With just four match days remaning for the end of the first phase, much of the remaining matches are vital for all the teams.
In today’s first encounter new look Sliema Wanderers take on Patrick Curmi’s side Tarxien Rainbows. Sliema coach Danilo Doncic is expected to include new signings, Trevor Cilia and Andrew Decesare from Birkirkara and Mosta midfielder Nikola Bogdanovic. Bulgarian Daniel Mitev and Ryan Grech are ruled out, but captain Mark Scerri and Ryan Fenech are expected to return
Tarxien welcome back Brazilian Ricardo Costa and youngster Karl Pulo, but Steve Sadowski is suspended.
In today’s second encounter second place Hibernians could put more pressure on leaders Valletta as they play against mini crises team Qormi.
Qormi need a win to bolster their sixth place aspiration and are expected to give the debut to Ivory Coast defender Vincent Kouadio but are without striker Jorginho and defender Kenneth Scicluna.
Hibernians coach Mark Miller has no selection problems.
Match day 19 continues tomorrow as third place Floriana take on Mosta at the National Stadium.
It will be a tricky match for the Greens as the Blues continue bolster the squad with the acquisition of winger Terence Vella from Birkirkara. Steve D’Amato welcomes back striker Gilbert Martin but Dyson Falzon is ruled out for the next six weeks.
Floriana coach Michael Woods is without defender Eric Akoto and striker Onome Sodje but he could give a debut to left back Alessio Restuccia.
In tomorrow’s second match Valletta take on bottom place Marsaxlokk
Valletta coach is set to hand a debut to Burkino Faso defender Saidou Mady Panadetigiuri but captain Gilbert Agius and Argentinean Nahuel Jimenz are doubtful.
Marsaxlokk coach Anton Cremona formerly a Valletta assistant coach under Paul Zammit’s guidance is without defender Sacha Borg. During the midweek the southsiders sign Serbian midfielder Ivan Kurtesic from Vittoriosa.
On Sunday Hamrun Spartans take on Mqabba in a six pointer clash.
Hamrun Spartans welcome back Gianluca Calabretta while Mqabba are bosted with David Fenech’s signing and also could count on foreigners Bojan Mamic and Thiago Mazzitelli who are fully recovered.
Match day 19 ends on Sunday as Birkirkara take on in form Balzan Youths at the Hibernians Stadium.
Birkirkara are badly in need of points as striker jean Piere Mifsud Triganza is in line for the debut and also welcome back Joseph Zerafa from suspension, Balzan are without former Valletta players Rennie Forace and Jamie Pace. Victory for either club will take a significant move towards securing championship pool place.