StarTimes Uganda Premier League
KCCA FC vs Express FC
StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo
Saturday, 20-04-2019 @4pm
LUGOGO – KCCA FC will win the 2018/19 StarTimes Uganda League title unless something dramatic happens in their last four games.
After Vipers SC lost 2-1 at home to URA FC on Friday, the Kasasiro remained six points clear at the top of the standings, with a game in hand as they play their Match-Day 27 fixture on Saturday.
The Venoms result in Kitende means that KCCA now require only four points from a possible 12 so as to seal third League crown in four years.
On Saturday afternoon, they take on Express FC at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo as the two sides renew their rivalry.
Unlike in the 90s when matches between the two were title deciders, KCCA go into the game as overwhelming favorites after Express have fallen far behind Mike Mutebi’s side in both ambitions and league placing.
As KCCA fight for yet another League crown, the Red Eagles are still mathematically not safe from relegation and a string of bad results may see them dragged in the relegation battle at the season’s close.
Going into the game, KCCA FC head coach Mike Mutebi stressed that his side’s focus is on trying to win all their remaining games.
“Our target as KCCA is to win all our remaining games so that we are sure of winning the League this season, said Mutebi ahead of the Express game.
“We do not want to look at how our rivals (Vipers) are performing because our focus is on how we perform in our games.
“What gives me confidence going into the last four games is that my players are operating at least 50%.
KCCA FC will be without three first-team players on Saturday. Mike Mutyaba, Julius Poloto and Muwadda Mawejje are all out nursing injuries and are not expected to return until the season closes.
For Express, they will be without striker Tony Odur who is injured. Lawrance Kigonya who missed the last game is expected to return to the starting lineup.
This will be the 20th meeting between KCCA and Express since May 2012.
In the previous 19 meetings, KCCA have won 8 games, Express 4 while the other 7 have ended in draws.
Express have defeated KCCA only once in the last 9 meetings with that victory coming in the first game this season where the Red Eagles triumphed 3-2 at Wankulukuku.
Last season, KCCA did the double over Express including a 1-0 win in the reverse fixture at Lugogo.
This fixture always tends to produce a winner with only one draw seen in their last 7 match-ups.
In their last games, KCCA FC defeated Paidha 2-1 at Lugogo while Express drew 1-1 at home to SC Villa.
KCCA go into the game having lost only one of their last 15 League games (W9 D5). The only loss in that period came at the hands of URA (2-1) on February 26th.
At home, the Kasasiros have lost only one of their last 31 League games (W24 D6).
For Express, they head into Saturday’s fixture having won only one of their last 5 League games (D2 L2). The win was the 2-0 win over Paidha Black Angels at the start of this month.
Away from home, the Red Eagles have triumphed in only two of their last 10 games (D2 L6). The two victories in that period came against Ndejje University and Nyamityobora, two of the three sides currently occupying the relegation zone.
The other games on Saturday:
-Nyamityobora FC vs Maroons FC
-Onduparaka FC vs Bul FC
-Tooro United vs Mbarara City FC
-Vipers SC 1-2 URA FC
-Bright Stars FC 1-1 Police FC