Hibs try to confirm, Tough test for Balzan

The FXDD Premier Division has reached  a decisive stage as four teams will cross swords in the play-offs to be played this week. In the first leg to be  played tonight champions Hibernians face the revelation San Gwann while Balzan play against Luxol.

Hibernians who are the only team without defeat,  start as favourites in the first leg clash against San Gwann (kick-off – 19.45 hrs).

However they cannot underestimate San Gwann, who were promoted to Premier Division status last year, having a great campaign and placing fourth in the standings.

They hope  that their striker Shawn Vella will be in top form to pose great threat to the Hibs’ rearguard.

On the other hand, Hibernians will try to achieve the objective of winning the  second consecutive league in a row.

Both teams have faced each other twice in the league. In the first match, the Paolites narrowly beat San Gwann 5-4.

However in the second match, Hibernians secured an 8-2 advantage over their opponents.

In the second match, Balzan face a tough test when they take on third-place Luxol St Andrews (kick-off -21.30 hrs). The former are determined to clinch the double after having already won the FXDD Knock-Out competition.

Luxol, who have some former Balzan players in their squad, will try to surprise all odds and show they would be a hard nut to crack.

In their two encounters this season, both teams shared the spoils in a 5-5 draw but in the second match, Balzan saw off Luxol 5-3.

In these double headers, the team with the best aggregate result will qualify for the finals. If at the end of the second leg, the match ends in a  draw, extra-time will be played following which penalties will decide the winner of the contest.