Valletta can stretch the lead at the end of first round

Thursday, November 10, 2011, 10:20

by Joshua Cacciattolo

Match Day eleven starts today as Mqabba and Hamrun Spartans cross swords in a vital clash for both clubs at the Victor Tedesco Stadium.

Clive Mizzi’s side are currently joint-seventh on eleven points, three ahead of Hamrun Spartans who are currently second from the bottom.

Mqabba earned a 1-1 draw against bottom side Mosta last week to end a two consecutive loss run. Defender Pierre Grima is suspended after he collected his fourth yellow card last week. However striker Bojan Mamic returns after he missed the last two matches. Hamrun Spartans are coming from a disappointing 5-3 defeat by Marsaxlokk and also have defender Steve Bonnici ruled out and goalkeeper Omar Borg facing a late fitness test after he missed the last two encounters.

On Friday inconsistent Birkirkara take on Balzan Youths at the Victor Tedesco stadium. Birkirkara coach Paul Zammit has no selection problems but needs to bolster the squad’s morale after the unexpected 3-2 loss against Tarxien Rainbows. Balzan Youths coach Ivan Zammit is without defender Clifton Ciantar as he is suspended for two matches but welcomes back former Valletta defenders Yessous Camilleri and Francica. The Youths lost 2-0 against Valletta last Friday.

In the second match on Friday Floriana take on bottom side Mosta at the Victor Tedesco Stadium. The Greens are hot favourites and welcome back goalkeeper Manuel Bartolo after he missed the last gasp 1-1 draw against Hibernians. Defender Tyronne Farrugia and midfielder Christian Caruana is definitely ruled out from this encounter. Mosta coach Oliver Spiteri must cope without midfielder Kurt Magro but welcomes back Italian defender Federico Tisbi after he missed the 1-1 draw against Mqabba last Friday. An interesting curiosity is that this is the first game between the clubs since Mosta’s technical director Jeffrey Farrugia “Vinc” left the Greens on a very bad note.

Match Day eleven continues on Saturday as Sliema Wanderers take on the rejuvenated Tarxien Rainbows at the Hibernians Stadium. Sliema Wanderers are on a negative run and are yet to win in the last five outings. Coach Danilo Doncic has goalkeeper Henry Bonello, Ryan Grech and striker Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza back in his squad while the Rainbows are on high after beating Birkirkara last week and coach Patrick Curmi has all the squad at his disposal.

In the second match second match Hibernians take on the inform Qormi in their home soil. Hibernians are without the league’s top scorer Edison Dos Santos as he picked up his fourth yellow card but welcome back defender Adrian Pulis. Qormi mentor Stephen Azzopardi is without influential captain Joseph Farrugia as he succumbed to an injury in last week’s 3-3 draw against his boyhood club Sliema Wanderers.

Day eleven ends on Sunday as league leaders Valletta take on inconsistent Marsaxlokk at the Victor Tedesco Stadium. Valletta have no selection problems as defender Ian Azzopardi is back in the fray after he watched his teamates from the substitutes bench in the 2-0 win against ten men Balzan Youths last week. Marsaxlokk will hope to have another performance like last week’s when the south siders beat Hamrun 5-3. Malcolm Licari is set to lead his teamates from the bench.

Thursday: 10-11-11

19:30 Mqabba vs Hamrun S. Victor Tedesco Std.

Friday: 11-11-11

18:00 Birkirkara vs Balzan Victor Tedesco Std.

20:15 Mosta vs Floriana Victor Tedesco Std.

Saturday: 12-11-11

14:00 Sliema vs Tarxien Hibernians Std.

16:15 Hibernians vs Qormi Hibernians Std.

Sunday: 13-11-11

15:00 Marsaxlokk vs Valletta Victor Tedesco Std.

1 Comment

  1. Maria vella says:

    Ghandek zball sihbi
    tarabai mhux sospiz


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