Hibernians have been battling for supremacy in a very competitive Maltese Premier League with the likes of Balzan, Birkirkara and Valletta over the last few years, although it was the Peacocks who got their hands on the trophy for the 12th time in their history in the 2016/2017 season, finishing seven points clear to secure not only the trophy but their return to European football.
Despite playing in Europe several times since the 1960s, Hibs haven’t actually managed to progress in a European tie since 2002 when they overcame Irish outfit Shelbourne. They will feel however, with the home advantage in the first leg, that a win this match on Tuesday night at odds of 11/10 with Sky Bet will put them in a very strong position to qualify for the next round.
FCI Tallinn have had to wait some time to make their Champions League debut after finally securing their first ever title in Estonia’s Meistrilliga last year. The club were formed only 15 years ago and have risen to the top of the tree in Estonia, although they’ll be hoping for more success in this year’s Champions League than they enjoyed in the Europa League last term.
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