Miguel Alba’s first-half strike was all it took for Valletta to pick up three points against Tarxien Rainbows and move five points clear of Hibernians yesterday.

However, with the season heading to a close, Hibs still have a game in hand over the current leaders playing Senglea Athletics tomorrow evening.

Valletta are currently on 57 points with their final game of the season coming against Hamrun on Friday.

Valletta beat Tarxien Rainbows 1-0 to go five points clear at the top of the Maltese Premier League. (Photo by Valletta FC)

If Hibs were to win tomorrow night then they will close the gap between second and first to just two points meaning defeat for Valletta on Friday would open up the top spot for Hibernians.

With Mario Fontanella currently leading the top scorers charts with 16 goals, and Hibs’ Taylon just two goals behind, both teams will be relying on their leading frontmen as the title race comes to a close this week.

Hibs are set to face fifth-place Balzan in their last game of the season, the pair last met in December when their encounter ended in a 2-2 draw.

Hibernians’ last Maltese Premier League title came during the 2016/17 season following a 3-1 win over St Andrews.

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