The Valletta-Floriana game is the top clash of the weekend.
Floriana are occupying the top placing after several years lurking behind their neighbours and arch-rivals. And having started the season on a top note with important wins against Birkirkara and Balzan, they now seek the scalp of the champions, Valletta.
The Citizens started the season on a negative note against newcomers Santa Lucia who won the encounter 3-2, but then followed that up with an excellent 3-1 win against Sliema which showed that they were well on the road to recovery.
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Valletta coach Darren Abdilla, who will also be experiencing his first derby since being given the job, wants his players to step up their momentum against Floriana.
“This is a massive match for our club, particularly for our fans,” Abdilla said.
“We experienced a contrasting start to the season but now it’s time that we take the momentum generated from our victory against Sliema Wanderers and step up our level of performances.
On their part, the Greens are playing with great confidence and will be expected to go all out to register a third consecutive victory which will certainly be a big boost in their efforts to remain at the top.
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Posted by Floriana FC on Saturday, 14 September 2019
Vincenzo Potenza, in his first derby as Floriana coach since replacing Guido Ugolotti at the club’s helm at the end of last season, has a clear idea on how important this match is for the whole Greens environment.
“I’m fully aware on how much this derby is felt by everyone involved at Floriana,” the former Senglea Athletic coach told the Times of Malta yesterday.
“But we’re still preparing for the match against Valletta like any other match. We are bracing ourselves for a very difficult match against the best team in Malta for the last two seasons but we are Floriana and there will be no fear from us.”