Preview Day 01 - Valletta vs Sliema W Published on: 18-08-2018

Defending champions Valletta, who open their campaign against Sliema Wanderers, look well-placed to challenge for the title. The Citizens have an aura about them and they are widely considered among the leading contenders.
They have not been busy in the transfer market, retaining more or less the same squad as last season. They have made two new signings – Romanian winger, Gavrila Bogdan Catalin, and Italian striker Mario Fontanella, formerly of Floriana, who has a natural intuition for goal.
Sliema Wanderers will be going all out to make up for their disappointing campaign last season when their lack of depth was exposed.
To overcome these frailties, the Wanderers have reinforced their squad by adding seven players to their ranks – Jean Paul Farrugia (FC Chiasso), Ayrton Azzopardi (Tarxien Rainbows), Ryan Fenech (Balzan), Claudio Pani (Valletta), Brazilian Guilherme Souza da Silva, Younes Marzouk (FC Lugano) and goalkeeper Jake Galea (─Žamrun Spartans).
This will be the 98th encounter between these two aristocrats of Maltese football at the National Stadium where the record favours the Citizens with 46 wins against the 31 of the Wanderers.

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