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SC Villa eyes victory over struggling Police FC

SC Villa defeated Mbarara City on match-day two. (PHOTO/Don Mugabi)

Uganda Premier League

SC Villa vs Police FC

Mandela National Stadium, Namboole

Tuesday, 10-09-2019 @4:30pm

SC Villa will be out to register three more points when they take on Police FC in the Uganda Premier League on Tuesday afternoon at the Mandela National Stadium.

The Jogoos are optimistic they currently have six points after Proline FC failed to turn up on Saturday in the two sides’ proposed fixture.

With the Jogoos making it to the stadium and having an inspection done by the day’s officials, they are sure they added three more points to those they had earlier collected in the season.

Villa saw their season get off to a losing start as they lost 1-0 away to Kyetume but made amends in the next game, defeating Mbarara City 3-1.

Head coach Edward Kaziba is optimistic the momentum gathered can be used as a key factor in the game against Police on Tuesday.

“We have prepared very well and ready to face Police, noted Kaziba ahead of the game.

“We lost our first game to Kyetume but corrected our mistake and went on to defeat Mbarara City.

“We want to use that momentum and good preparation to defeat Police and climb further up the table.

SC Villa will only be without academy graduate Benson Muhindo who suffered a knock during training. The Jogoos will be hoping Bashir Mutanda who top-scored for them last season finally gets off the mark this campaign.

Police on the other hand have been struggling since the start of the season.

Two losses in their first two games were followed by a 0-0 draw at home to Mbarara City last weekend.

The Cops are currently bottom of the standings with -2 points having failed to honour their opening fixture away to Onduparaka FC.

Going into the game on Tuesday, head coach Abdallah Mubiru is expected to take charge of proceedings once again following his return to the country after leading the Uganda Cranes to a 1-1 draw with Kenya in an international friendly on Sunday.

Striker Hood Kaweesa could make his second debut for the club after re-joining the side on a two-year deal last week. Kaweesa will be expected to provide the much-needed firepower upfront if Police are to grind out a victory.

Match Facts 

This will be the 20th meeting between the two sides since November 2010.

In the previous 19 matches, Villa has won 6, Police 4 with the other 9 all ending in draws.

Police have not defeated SC Villa away from home since doing so in a 2-1 victory back in October 2013. In the five fixtures since then, the Cops have managed four draws and a single loss.

Last season, the two sides drew both of their meetings including a 1-1 stalemate in the reverse fixture.

SC Villa heads into the game having lost only two of their previous 8 league games (W4 D2).

At home, they have won three of their last five, drawing once and losing the other.

For Police FC, they are currently winless in all of their last 7 league games (D2 L5).

Away from home, the Cops have not won any of their last 8 fixtures, losing 6 and drawing just twice.

Other fixtures on Tuesday

-Mbarara City FC vs Express FC @4pm

-Tooro United vs Maroons FC @4:30pm

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