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Vipers looks to further dent Express’s hopes of survival

A win for Vipers would propel them ever so close to the league title but will also put Express’s survival hopes into further jeopardy

Azam Uganda Premier League

Vipers SC vs Express FC

St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende

Tuesday, 22-05-2018.

Title chasing Vipers will host Express FC in a match that holds significant implications for both clubs at different ends of the table.

The Venoms are seating on top of the league with 59 points, two ahead of second placed KCCA FC who take on Bul FC on the same day.

For Express, they start the day second from bottom, one point away from safety.

With both sides having massive targets to aim for, none would do without three points in an encounter that defines their season.

Former Express striker Dan Sserunkuma who crossed to Vipers in January will be the man looked at in a game that may see his beloved Red Eagles relegated at the end of the season

“We will relish the challenge and we know it’s a big one, said Sserunkuma.

“It’s like a final because we want the title and we are facing a team fighting relegation.

“We’re in very good spirits and not under pressure like people think.

“It’s not the same match as all the others but my focus is all on Vipers SC as we try to win a first league title in three years.

Sserunkuma has scored six goals apiece for both Express and Vipers this season

Sserunkuma quit the Wankulukuku side after scoring 6 goals and has managed as many in the league for Vipers with two games to complete the season.

The Venoms have no injury concerns and the coaches will be spoilt for choice to decide who will make the match day squad.

Match Stats:

Head to Head.

Vipers defeated Express 2-1 in the first leg, the Venoms first victory over the Red Eagles in the last three games.

None of the two sides has managed more than two goals against the other in all the previous 15 meetings.

Express has won only one of their last six away games to Vipers, losing four and drawing one of the other five.

The reverse fixture last season saw Express win 1-0 away to the Venoms on 23-09-2016.

Vipers FC.

Vipers have gone 16 matches in all competitions minus tasting defeat (W13 D3). The last time that Migual Da Costa’s charges lost a game was on 28th of November when URA beat them 2-1 at Kitende.

Since that loss in November, the Venoms have won all of their last eight games at home, scoring at least two goals in each match.

Against the bottom three, the Venoms have won all five of their games and a win will see them win all of their fixtures against such teams for the first time at this stage in their history.

Express FC:

Express go into the game having not tasted victory in any of their last four league outings, drawing three and losing one.

The last time they won a league game was on 17th of April, when they defeated UPDF 2-0 at Wankulukuku.

The Red Eagles have won only one of their 13 away fixtures this season (D3 L10).

Against the top three, Express has only managed one point out of a possible 15 and the point was in their last match against SC Villa (0-0).

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