Preview: Day 12 Valletta vs Qormi Published on: 17-12-2010

Preview Day 12 Valletta vs Qormi

Valletta received these comments from team manager Jesmond Zammit ‘Here comes our second match of the second round and the last match for 2010.  This game gives me mixed feelings. Personally I still believe that Qormi were one of the two or three teams who offered most resistance to Valletta in the first round. They literally killed our style of play and managed to keep us at bay from threatening their posts for more than 75 minutes. Tomorrow will have to be a different story............ at least that is what I hope.  Valletta will as usual adopt an aggressive initial approach to the game to try and open the score in the first 20 minutes. That would hopefully make our job easier as Qormi's main objective would be to retain an intact goal’

My personal forecast is that we shall be seeing an extremely defensive Qormi side tomorrow . Qormi will probably have five of their regular players missing, namely, Korean midfielder Kang Hojung ( sent off against Vittoriosa ), Captain Joseph Farrugia ( getting married this evening ) together with the injured Vandelanoite and Abubaker Bello Osage who are not expected to make it in time for tomorrow's match. They will however recover ex Valletta Jonathan Bondin, who was absent through suspension against Vittoriosa’

‘On the other hand, we should have all the players at our disposal, with the exception of International defender Kenneth Scicluna, who has been missing from the start but is expected to be back soon after the break come late January. Valletta may opt to leave out of the starting line up Brazilian duo, defender  Ramon dos Santos ( he may continue to rest his groin injury to ensure a definite total comeback  in January) and offensive midfielder Denni dos Santos ( who is still recovering from a grade 1 concussion which he has picked up in the first half against Hibernians last Monday). Both players are training with the squad, but final decisions will be taken tomorrow morning. Apart from this, there will not be much other changes from the team that beat Hibernians 2 – 0’

‘What I have said before other previous matches will apply again for tomorrow's match. The boys are ready for yet another challenge at the end of which we want to reach the 30 mark at the very top of the table. That will probably see us seven clear points, if not more, on the second in command. That will be a fantastic way of celebrating XMAS and the New Year. Tomorrow, the boys will make sure that a positive result will be sealed with a super show that they will dedicate to our friend and VERY TOP SUPPORTER........... VICTOR MACKAY......who has left us this week and will be supporting us from heaven. Our job is to win as many points as possible in order to consolidate and possibly increase our lead at the top of the table by the end of the second round. Once bitten, twice shy...........true?????  Valletta will not repeat the same mistake twice in succession................ definitely not’

Jesmond Zammit ended his comments ‘A very big word of appreciation goes to our beloved, well behaved supporters who will be too glad to cheer us on tomorrow. Please keeps the same pace going........ No more and no less. Our hard working supporters' club are continuously organising fund raising activities in order to pump cash to the Committee. It would be a pity to throw all this work in the drain by exposing the Club to hefty fines as a result of insulting hymns and what not.

See you tomorrow and on behalf of the technical staff and the players I would like to wish you all the very best for the festive season.