Title-chasing Hibernians face league rivals Valletta in the Maltese FA Trophy Quarter-Final this Sunday as the pair take a break from Maltese Premier League action.

The two sides last met at the start of the year in a controversial match which saw referee Philip Farrugia write the headlines after sending off Hibs left-back Isaac Ntow in the 54th minute.

Farrugia issued a total of nine yellow cards and one red altogether when the pair last met and was victim to a lot of criticism from Hibernians staff and supporters.

Hibernians face Valletta in the FA Trophy Quarter-Final on Sunday (Photo by Valletta FC Media)

Valletta have Maltese Premier League top scorer Mario Fontanella in their ranks. The Italian forward has scored 13 goals in the league this year as well as four in all cup competitions.

Hibs will be looking to Brazilian forward, Taylon for goals this Sunday following Jurgen Degabriele’s recent cruciate ligaments injury which has ruled him out for the rest of the season.

Taylon’s fellow countryman Marcelo Dias spoke exclusively to MalteseFootball.com ahead of the clash.

The 33-year-old has made 19 appearances in all competitions this season and believes his side have what it takes to go all the way and win the FA Trophy as well as the league title.

“It would be a great achievement to do the double, both for us as players and the supporters who also work very hard. We need to stay humble and play our game,” said Marcelo.

Marcelo Dias in action for Hibernians (Photo by Chrissie’s Photography)

The Brazilian who has won the FA Trophy twice continued by speaking about how Hibs will treat every game as a cup final as the season enters the final stretch: “As a team, we always try to do our best and work hard to achieve what we really want.

“It’s always good to win but you need to focus on each and every game like it is a final.”

Marcelo finished by explaining how the clash is a new game and the controversial previous meeting has been put to the back of their minds.

“I feel that it will be a nice game to play and for the supporters watch. It’s now a new game and we need to be focused,” said the 33-year-old.

“I hope that the referee will make the right decisions tomorrow and it will be a good game for both him and for all of us.”

Marcelo Dias (second from left) has won the FA Trophy twice with Hibernians. (Photo by Joe Borg)

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