The Malta Independent 20 October 2019, Sunday

BOV Premier League: Floriana and Hamrun expected to remain firmly on top

Henry Brincat Saturday, 5 October 2019, 12:00 Last update: about 15 days ago

Current joint league leaders Floriana and Hamrun Spartans are expected to remain firmly on top of the standings whatever the other results of this 6th round which started on Thursday with the Valletta-Gzira clash.

The two clubs seem to have an easy game on the card tomorrow with Floriana facing bottom club Tarxien Rainbows and Hamrun taking on Mosta FC.

These will be the last two matches on the programme with the other four being played today.

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Among today’s matches, the top clash should be the Hibernians-Birkirkara game. The others are Santa Lucia-Senglea, Sliema W.-Sirens and Balzan-Gudja.

Hibernians will certainly be looking forward to register a third consecutive win in the knowledge that the Spartans and the Greens are firm favourites to win tomorrow’s encounters which look to be easy on paper.

The Paolites were made to fight hard to beat Mosta last weekend and endured some anxious moments before they took command with two goals, though conceding a late goal which did not help Mosta’s cause.

However, they will be facing a Birkirkara team which is expected to go all out to register their first win. In these last 25 years or so, I never remember the Stripes having such a disastrous start to a league season.

In fact, they have only collected three points from three draws after two straight losses in their opening two games.

They are now desperate to get that first win and will certainly be hoping to beat the Paolites to improve their lowly position in the standings.

Floriana will have Matias Garcia back in the side after suspension, but will have Caceres out through suspension this time after he was sent off in their last match against Gudja.

Despite playing with 10 men for about 70 minutes, the Greens kept their cool to keep Gudja at bay.

They will now be facing bottom club Tarxien who still have to win their first point/s of the season after five matches. The Greens are obviously firm favourites to win maximum points.

Even Hamrun must be considered firm favourites to beat Mosta, though the Blues might offer stiff resistance.

However, the Spartans are now playing with more confidence and I only expect them to continue improving as the season goes on and on.

Joint third placed Sirens face Sliema in a match which should be balanced.

Sliema have more experience and are full of enthusiasm after their first win of the season last weekend. They beat Tarxien 2-1.

But Sirens also did well to beat Santa Lucia 3-1, thus recovering wonderfully after their disastrous 4-0 defeat at the hands of Hamrun Spartans.

The other two matches should also be balanced.

Santa Lucia have the opportunity to recover after being defeated by Sirens. They now face Senglea who will also be hoping to return to winning form after their defeat at the hands of Hamrun.

Balzan are also hoping to recover as they face winless Gudja in today’s first match at the National Stadium.

Balzan suffered a second defeat on Sunday as they went down 2-0 to Gzira, while Gudja failed to lower Floriana’s colours despite playing for about 70 minutes with a man more on the field of play.

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