StarTimes Uganda Premier League
SC Villa vs Vipers SC
Mandela National Stadium, Namboole
NAMBOOLE – 16 time record league champions SC Villa will be hoping to register their first victory of the season when they host Vipers SC at Namboole on Wednesday afternoon.
Moses Basena’s side start the day in 13th position on the log with two points from their first three games. The Jogoos will be desperate for points after losing to Onduparaka and drawing away to both Bright Stars and Kirinya in those fixtures.
For Vipers who won the league title last season, they will be targeting top spot with a win over Villa.
The Venoms are the only side still enjoying a 100% winning start to the season and sit only a point behind KCCA FC who defeated Bright Stars on Tuesday to move to 10 points.
Vipers should be confident going into the clash as they have taken care of Ndejje, Maroons and Nyamityobora in their first three games.
Villa will miss the services of Edgar Luzige and Yusuf Mukisa through injury while Pius Wangi and Asharaf Mandela are yet to be cleared and are ineligible to face their former side.
For the visitors, Left back Aggrey Madoi is the only injured player so head coach, Javier Martinez has a resonable pool to pick from going into the game.
What they are saying:
Moses Basena, SC Villa head coach.
“I believe this game will be a motivating contest to my side as last season Villa lost home and away to Vipers.
“We want to improve on those results and everyone is motivated to put up a performance to lift the team.
Tadeo Lwanga, Vipers SC Captain.
“Obviously we know it’s a big game and we are very prepared for it.
“Tomorrow’s (Wednesday) challenge is to win the game against a really wounded side that hasn’t got a win since the League started but we are ready for the challenge.
This will be the fifth meeting between the two sides in just over a year. They meet6 twice in the league and in as many games in the Uganda Cup.
However, Vipers won three of the four games and drawn the other. In the four games, the Venoms did not concede a single goal.
This is their 19th meeting since 2011 with Vipers winning nine and losing only two games in that period.
Villa have won only one of their last eight home games against Vipers (D4 L3), their worst record against a Premier League team in that period.
The Jogoos go into the game without victory in any of their last nine games in all competitions (D5 L4).
They have also not won any of their last three home games in all competitions (D1 L2).
For Vipers, they are in scintillating form as they have not lost any of their last 20 league games (W17 D3).
Away from home, the Venoms have not succumbed to defeat in any of their last nine league games (W6 D3). The last time they lost a league game on the road was in the 3-1 defeat to KCCA in November 2017.