Preview: Day 21 Valletta vs Birkirkara Published on: 05-03-2011

Preview: Day 21 Valletta vs Birkirkara

'In the opinion of most, this is the game which could seal the season. A win against Birkirkara tomorrow will put an end to all their hopes of maintaining the title. And in the opinion of the majority of the the City fans, it is only Birkirkara who can possibly challenge Valletta for the Championship this season. Tomorrow most of  the City fans will be at Ta’ Qali knowing that a win will bring this prestigious trophy so close to Republic Street this season. Most of the loyal supporters have gone through sleepless nights this week. The past two years have brought along so many sorrowful and dull memories that they cannot believe that this year the Championship can actually be so close ..... If only their idols can bring home the blessed three points tomorrow' team manager Jesmond Zammit.

'Birkirkara , will have all their players at their disposal.  International midfielder Shaun Bajada (back from suspension ) will join forces with Paul  Fenech  and Michael Galea (if Rowen Muscat does not make it in time)in the heart of their midfield , whilst Trevor Cilia is expected to be back for this important match , and can actually form part of the stripes’ attack together with Emiliano Lattes and Babatunde .  Vukanac, Borg, Agius and Zerafa will in all probability form heir rearguard with Fraser between the goalposts. Birkirkara will give this match all that they are worth knowing that this is their last chance for remaining Malta Champions.  Our boys have vouched that it will be over their dead body this time around.  But it will have to take the very best of our boys for Valletta to win this match.  Birkirkara are a very strong team with a very compact midfield and an agile attack'.

'On the other side,  Valletta will have to do without the services of Ryan Fenech who has received a fourth yellow card whilst celebrating the equaliser against Marsaxlokk. Jamie Pace and captain Gilbert Agius are back at the Coach’s full availability.  Valletta’s wide range when it comes to the selection of the first eleven continues to make us firm favourites for this match and also for the League. But having the best team on paper does not resolve the outcome of games. The proof is in the pudding and Valletta will have to show their real value on the pitch at Ta’ Qali tomorrow. The boys have worked so hard throughout the entire season and have shown tremendous character this week. They deserve to be happy tomorrow. They deserve to be crowned Champions in May...... but if and only if we can be superior to Birkirkara tomorrow'