Tricky test for the Champions in this week’s biggest clash

Thursday, September 23, 2010, 15:16

by Joshua Cacciatolo.

Premier League champions Birkirkara take on second placed Hibernians on Friday night at the National Stadium at 19.30. The Stripes welcome back trio Patrick Borg, Shawn Bajada and Paul Fenech in this important moment after last Saturday’s loss against Floriana. Hibernians have no selection problems and they are aiming high especially after 2-2 draw against championship favourites Valletta.

Floriana's striker Michael Mecerod in action against Birkirkara  - Photo by Joe Borg

Floriana's striker Michael Mecerod in action against Birkirkara - Photo by Joe Borg

After losing their last outings, Tarxien Rainbows and Vittoriosa Stars will be aiming for there first win of the season. Last season’s surprise package Tarxien will have to start collecting important points if they still want to repeat last year’s achievement. The Stars will be looking to kick-start their season after an impressive pre-season and welcome back Carlos Emanuel Compagnoli after serving a one game suspension, while Tarxien are still waiting for the internional clearance of Daniel Mariano Bueno.

Valletta will seek to return to winning ways on Saturday as they take on Qormi FC. After being held in a 2-2 draw against Hibernians, the Citzens cannot afford to drop any more important points. Currently they have 4 points from two games with Qormi looking for another good performance after their first win against Vittoriosa.

On Sunday the Greens take on southsiders Marsaxlokk with the former fresh from there much deserved victory against Birkirkara, thus starting as favourites in this clash. It is interesting to note that Peter Curmi’s squad has yet to score and concede a goal this season and both squads have no selection problems.

In the second game on Sunday leaders Hamrun Spartans will be looking to maintaining their impressive start to the season against Sliema Wanderers. Mark Marlow welcomes back John Mintoff, but has lost Clayton Failla for two month and still has Alex Muscat, Steve Bezzina and Rodrick Bajada on their growing injury list. Steve D’Amato does not have any injury related problems to deal with  and will be motivating his men to maintain their good run.

Playing this weekend:

Friday 25th National Stadium 19.30 Birkirkara FC Hiberians FC
Saturday 26th National Stadium 17.00 Tarxien Rainbows Vittoriosa Stars
Saturday 26th National Stadium 19.00 Valletta FC Qormi FC
Sunday 27th National Stadium 17.00 Floriana FC Marsaxlokk FC
Sunday 27th National Stadium 19.00 Hamrun Spartans Sliema Wanderers

Latest Standings

Played Points
Hamrun Spartans 6
Valletta FC 4
Hiberians FC 4
Floriana FC 3
Birkirkara  FC 3
Qormi FC 3
Marsaxlokk FC 2
Sliema Wanderers 1
Tarxien Rainbowa 1
Vittoriosa Stars 0


  1. James says:

    Sliema – Hamrun se tintwera’ fuq l-istazzjon Malta Stars?


  2. observer says:

    This is the penalty sliema pay when they got rid of Azzopardi and Bezzina got injured ..Now Failla is out too and was forced to play the last game with no left backs available….? What’s happening in the sliema clan?


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