2018–19 Maltese Premier League

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Maltese Premier League
Season 2018–19
Dates 17 August 2018 – 28 April 2019
Matches played 14
Goals scored 40 (2.86 per match)
Top goalscorer Kevaun Atkinson (3 goals)[1]
All statistics correct as of 25 August 2018.

The 2018–19 Maltese Premier League is the 104th season of top-flight league football in Malta. The season began on 17 August 2018 and will end in April 2019. Valletta are the defending champions, having won their 24th title the previous season.

Teams[edit]

Lija Athletic and Naxxar Lions were relegated after they finished thirteenth and fourteenth the previous season.[2] They are replaced by Qormi and Pietà Hotspurs, the 2017–18 Maltese First Division champions and runners-up respectively. Tarxien Rainbows retained Premiership status by defeating Żejtun Corinthians in a play-off decider.[3]

Team In league since City Training Stadium Capacity
Balzan 2011 Balzan Victor Tedesco Stadium 6,000
Birkirkara 1990 Birkirkara Ta' Qali National Stadium 17,797
Floriana 1986 Floriana Independence Arena 3,000
Gżira United 2016 Gżira Ta' Qali National Stadium 17,797
Ħamrun Spartans 2016 Ħamrun Victor Tedesco Stadium 6,000
Hibernians 1945 Paola Hibernians Ground 2,968
Mosta 2011 Mosta Charles Abela Memorial Stadium 600
Pietà Hotspurs 2018 Pietà
Qormi 2018 Qormi Thomaso Ground 500
Senglea Athletic 2017 Senglea Ta' Qali National Stadium 17,797
Tarxien Rainbows 2008 Tarxien Tony Cassar Sports Ground 1,000
Sliema Wanderers 1984 Sliema Tigne Sports Complex 1,000
St. Andrews 2015 St. Andrew's Luxol Stadium 800
Valletta 1944 Valletta Centenary Stadium 2,000

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Balzan Serbia Marko Micovic Joma Investors Mutual Limited
Birkirkara Malta Paul Zammit Adidas McDonald's
Floriana Belgium Luís Oliveira Joma Scotts Supermarket, Guess?
Gżira United Malta Darren Abdilla Joma Jeep
Ħamrun Spartans Italy Giovanni Tedesco Sportika SA
Hibernians Italy Stefano Sanderra Joma Bezzina
Mosta Malta Johann Scicluna Macron Dimbros, Nilmar
Pietà Hotspurs Malta Ramon Zammit Nike Famalco.net
Qormi Malta Brian Spiteri Macron
Senglea Athletic Italy Bruno Russo Macron Palumbo
Sliema Wanderers Malta John Buttigieg Adidas DIZZ, DSM Sports
St. Andrews Malta Michael Woods Macron
Tarxien Rainbows Malta Jose Borg Erreà Cassar Ship Repairs
Valletta Serbia Danilo Dončić Joma Iniala
  • Additionally, referee kits are made by Adidas, sponsored by TeamSports and FXDD, and Nike has a new match ball.

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
Ħamrun Spartans Malta Jacques Scerri Mutual consent 31 May 2018[4] Pre-season Italy Giovanni Tedesco 31 May 2018[4]
Hibernians Malta Mario Muscat
Malta Neil Zarb Cousin
End of caretaker 4 July 2018[5] Italy Stefano Sanderra 4 July 2018[5]
Senglea Athletic Malta Steve D'Amato End of contract 30 June 2018 Italy Bruno Russo 17 July 2018
Floriana Argentina Nicolas Hernan Chiesa Sacked 27 August 2018[6] 12th Belgium Luís Oliveira 29 August 2018[7]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Sliema Wanderers 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 6 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Hibernians 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2 6 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
3 Birkirkara 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2 6 Qualification for the Europa League preliminary round
4 Gżira United 2 1 1 0 4 1 +3 4
5 Ħamrun Spartans 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 4
6 Tarxien Rainbows 2 1 0 1 6 5 +1 3
7 Balzan 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1 3
8 St. Andrews 2 1 0 1 4 6 −2 3
9 Mosta 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3
10 Qormi 2 1 0 1 3 4 −1 3
11 Pietà Hotspurs 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2 0
12 Floriana 2 0 0 2 0 3 −3 0 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
13 Senglea Athletic 2 0 0 2 0 3 −3 0 Relegation to the Maltese First Division
14 Valletta 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 0
Updated to match(es) played on 25 August 2018. Source: Malta Football Association
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Play-off (only if deciding champion and UEFA competition places); 3) Head-to-head points; 4) Head-to-head goal difference; 5) Head-to-head goals scored; 6) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored.[8]

Results[edit]

Home \ Away BAL BIR FLO GŻI ĦAM HIB MOS PIE QOR SEN SLI STA TAR VAL
Balzan 4–2
Birkirkara 1–0
Floriana 0–1
Gżira United 0–0
Ħamrun Spartans 2–0
Hibernians 2–1
Mosta 1–3
Pietà Hotspurs 1–2
Qormi 1–0
Senglea Athletic 0–2
Sliema Wanderers 3–0
St. Andrews 1–5
Tarxien Rainbows 1–4
Valletta 1–2
Updated to match(es) played on 25 August 2018. Source: Malta Football Association
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Positions by round[edit]

The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches are not included to the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards.

Leader and 2019–20 UEFA Champions League first qualifying round
2019–20 UEFA Europa League first qualifying round
2019–20 UEFA Europa League preliminary round
Relegation play-offs
Relegation to First Division
Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526
Sliema Wanderers21
Hibernians62
Birkirkara53
Gżira United14
Ħamrun Spartans35
Tarxien Rainbows136
Balzan87
Mosta128
Qormi79
St. Andrews410
Pietà Hotspurs911
Floriana1112
Senglea Athletic1013
Valletta1414

Season statistics[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 26 August 2018[1]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Jamaica Kevaun Atkinson St. Andrews 3
2 Brazil Taylon Nicolas Correa Hibernians 2
Malta Ryan Fenech Sliema Wanderers
Brazil Ricardo da Silva Faria Tarxien Rainbows
Senegal Amadou Samb Gżira United

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "BOV Premier League Top Scorers". Malta Football Association. Retrieved 26 August 2018. 
  2. ^ "Live commentary: BOV Premier League relegation battle". Times of Malta. 20 April 2018. 
  3. ^ "Tarxien Rainbows iżommu posthom fil-kampjonat BOV Premier" (in Maltese). TVM. 27 April 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "Ħamrun appoint Tedesco as coach". Times of Malta. 31 May 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2018. 
  5. ^ a b "Stefano Sanderra named new Hibernians coach". Times of Malta. 4 July 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018. 
  6. ^ "Floriana sack coach Chiesa". Times of Malta. 27 August 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2018. 
  7. ^ "Floriana appoint Lulù Oliveira as coach". 29 August 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018. 
  8. ^ "Premier League 2017/2018 - Season rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 5 July 2017.