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URA FC eye third spot when they visit Lugogo

URA will move back into third with victory over Police. (URA FC Photo)

StarTimes Uganda Premier League

Police FC vs URA FC

StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo

Wednesday, 01-05-2019 @4pm

LUGOGO – URA FC will be hoping to retain third spot on the StarTimes Uganda Premier League table when they travel away to Police FC on Wednesday.

After Toor United’s 2-1 win away to SC Villa on Tuesday, the Tax Collectors fell into fourth, a point behind Wasswa Bbosa’s charges.

With only two games to play in the season, the Tax Collectors’ head coach Sam Simbwa knows how important finishing third may be especially in preparations for the net campaign.

“We know we cannot win the title but we can finish second or third.

“Our target is to win both of our remaining two games and we see where we finish at the end.

“A high finish on the table is good motivation for the players as they always target to finish better off the following season.

When asked about Tuesday’s opposition, Simbwa had this to say.

“Police are a very good side, one that you always want to watch play the game.

“They have one of the best coaches in the league and I am looking forward to take them on on Wednesday.

“Despite everything about them, our target is to take all three points off them.

URA FC will come up against one of the stand out performers in the League this season.

Despite sitting in 10th on the log, the Cops have scored the second most total of goals (41). Only KCCA FC (52), have scored more goals this season than Police.

The goals go in at the front end but the team’s downfall has been the inability to shut out opponents.

Going into Tuesday’s game, Abdallah Mubiru’s side have conceded a League third most 44 goals with only the bottom two of Paidha Black Angels (48) and Nyamityobora (49), letting in more.

If they can shut out URA FC at the back end, a victory over the Tax Collectors is very much with the reach of Police.

Team News

Police will welcome back the Hassan Kalega and Ashraf Mugume who were ineligible to play against parent side, Vipers in the last game. Wingers Johnson Odong and Ruben Kimera are doubtful for the tie as well as left back Arafat Galiwango.

URA duo of Ronald Kigongo and Allan Mugalu are both fitness doubts for the game due to injuries.

Match Facts

This will be the 18th top-flight meeting between the two sides since January 2011.

In the 17 meetings during that period URA have won 9 of those games, losing only twice and drawing the other 6.

Police has only defeated URA once in their last 7 home games against the Tax Collectors (D3 L3).

The reverse fixtures last season resulted into a 2-1 win for the Cops while their first meeting this campaign ended 0-0 at Namboole.

Going into Wednesday’s game, Police have lost only one of their last 5 games (W2 D2).

At home, the Cops have lost only two of their last 12 League games (W7 D3).

For URA, they go into the game having lost only one of their last 9 league games (W5 D3).

Away from home, the Tax Collators are still the only unbeaten side in the division, Winning 5 and drawing the other 8 of their 13 fixtures so far.

The other games on Wednesday

-Nyamityobora FC vs KCCA FC

-Paidha Black Angels FC vs Vipers SC

-Express FC vs Bright Stars FC

-Ndejje University FC vs Onduparaka FC

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