Preview: Day 18 Valletta vs Floriana Published on: 12-02-2011
Day 18 Valletta vs FlorianaHere we finally are.... the last match of round two...... with thirteen points ahead of second in command.... and who better to face..... City’s arch rivals Floriana in a match that could possibly see us extend our lead by more points before points are divided in two prior to the final sprint towards the finish line. Team manager Jesmond Zammit expressed these comments with Valletta FC.net.
'Floriana is the only team that we have not yet beaten this season. Tomorrow's match is of paramount importance to both teams. Valletta will be all out for another win, with a prime objective of maintaining the unbeaten streak but more so to give our beloved supporters a reason to drink and be happy tomorrow evening. Floriana, will meantime be facing this game trying hard not to leave Ta’Qali empty handed in order to keep the chase with the top teams in an attempt to ensure a place in Europe next June'.
'Floriana should welcome back Monalito Micallef and Tyronne Farrugia who were both suspended for their last match against Sliema. Thomas Paris will be a definite absentee tomorrow (sent off against Sliema W.) whilst injured Draganov and Nwoke remain doubtful starters for the time being. Goalkeeper Saidi, Brian Said, Christian Caruana and Ivan Woods will be the Greens to watch tomorrow. One thing will be for sure tomorrow..... All Floriana boys would love nothing better but to give the Lillywhites their first defeat this season. Definitely not an easy task at all for them and hopefully it will all remain.....wishful thinking. But it will have to bring out the very best from our boys to disappoint the Greens tomorrow'.
'On the other hand, Valletta will have all the players at their disposal tomorrow apart from midfielder Ryan Fenech who is still nursing a hamstring injury that he had picked up during the last match against Hamrun. Skipper Gilbert Agius should be totally recovered as should also be Jamie Pace. Our boys are totally determined to give their best tomorrow and put our not so lively show against Hamrun behind our backs. We shall obviously be facing an equally determined Floriana side, but I believe that our squad is of superior quality and the difference between both teams should make the difference at the end'.
'I would expect the Stadium to be as bright as ever tomorrow. Both teams are going through a very good spell and both sets of supporters are more or less very happy with their respective teams. Both sets of supporters will fill their sides to their utmost capability to encourage their teams. Both deserve to be happy at the end, but I sincerely hope that the best team will emerge as winners..... Not like what happened in the first round. That would seal a wonderful birthday to be celebrated with by City new friends. See you all tomorrow'.