Azam Uganda Premier League
Vipers SC vs. Police FC
St. Marys Stadium, Kitende
Friday, 04-05-2018 @04:00pm
Azam Uganda Premier League log leaders Vipers will be aiming to stretch their lead when they host Police FC on Friday afternoon.
The Venoms came from behind to defeat Proline 3-1 at Lugogo on Tuesday hence maintaining their two point advantage on second placed SC Villa.
With Villa away to UPDF on Saturday, Vipers know that victory over Abdallah Mubiru’s Police FC will see them hold a healthy five point advantage for at least 24 hours.
“Despite all the problems at the club, Police FC remains a very good side,” said Vipers assistant coach Edward Golola ahead of the game.
“But we have to put out a statement going into the final bend and also maintain our momentum.
Vipers’s left back Dan Birikwalira picked an injury in the last training thus ruled out of this tie so Yayo Lutimba is expected to start. Frank Tumwesigye and Ashraf Mugume did not make the match day squad as well.
James Alitho will serve his final match due to suspension and will only return against Kirinya Jinja but captain Nicholas Wadada,Milton Karisa and Brian Nkuubi all return from suspension having missed the 1-3 victory over Proline.
For Police FC, they will miss the services of left back Aggrey Madoi who can’t face his parent side as well as long term absentee Basani Saafi.
The Cops won their first game in the last four, 1-0 against Soana on Tuesday and will hope that the result can spur them onto a healthy run.
“Sadly, we are not where we would have wanted to be at this time in the season, said Police coach Abdallah Mubiru.
“But that’s no excuse, the boys go into each game determined for a result and it won’t be different come Friday.
“We are team that loves to compete and i am confident we will give a good account of ourselves.
Head to Head.
This fixture has not see an away win in any of the last five meetings.
This is the third time that the two meet this season with Vipers winning the Cup game and Police triumphing in the league first round.
Police will be looking to complete a first ever league double over Vipers since 2011. But the Cops have won only one of their last seven games away to the Venoms.
Vipers are unbeaten in their last 17 games in all competitions (W15 D2).
They have also not tasted defeat in any of their last 13 league games (W11 D2). The last time the Venoms failed to get anything out of a league game was in the 2-1 home loss against URA on 28-11-2017.
At home, they have lost only one of their last 20 league games (W15 D4). The 2-1 against URA.
Vipers have scored 23 goals at home this season. Only KCCA (30) has scored more than the Venoms.
The 1-0 win over Soana in their last game was the first victory registered by Police in their last four games (D0 L3).
The Cops have drawn a joint least number of games (5) this season along with Express and Proline.
police has lost all of its last six games away from home whilst conceding 14 goals and scoring only two.
Other league game today:
Maroons vs Bright Stars @Luzira Prisons Ground, 04:30pm