StarTimes Uganda Premier League
SC Villa vs Express FC
Bombo Barracks Stadium, Bombo
Wednesday, 29-01-2020 @4pm
Bombo – SC Villa will host Express FC at Bombo Uganda Premier League on Wednesday afternoon.
The sworn enemies have all seen other sides take over as the best in the country lately, with them (Villa and Express) struggling at the wrong end of the table on several occasions.
Ideally, this fixture should pit two sides eyeing the league title but it is once again not the case.
Express find themselves languishing in 12th position and looking over their shoulders as they sit just five points off the relegation zone.
The scenario is one which SC Villa found themselves in and had to secure their top tier status with just two match days to the end of the campaign.
For the Jogoos, they should head into Friday’s game high in spirits after a hard fought 1-0 victory over Vipers SC in their last league fixture last.
Edward charges have performed fairly well this season and currently occupy fourth on the standings.
This being a rivals’ clash, form may be put into the shelves as pride and desire takes the front seat.
Despite the rivalry, Express FC head coach George Ssemwogerere thinks it is just any other game.
“It is a normal game not as big as many would say, noted Ssemwogerere.
“We play for three points, the same number we get if we defeat another team.
“We want to win the game and be in a more comfortable position.”
Express have a few injury concerns going into the game. They will be without Joshua Ssetambule and Joshua Adea.
Hamdan Nsubuga and goalkeeper Mathais Muwanga are also doubts as they have been nursing knocks in the last few days.
However, the Red Eagles will welcome back captain Disan Ggaliwango and top scorer Frank Kalanda who were both suspended in the 3-0 victory over Proline FC last time out.
This will be the 20th meeting between the two sides since January 2011.
In the previous 19 clashes, Villa has won 9 times while Express have triumphed on 5 occasions. The other 6 have ended in draws.
Last season, Villa took four points off Express including a 2-0 win at Namboole in the reverse fixture.
The last time Express defeated Villa away from home was in April 2014 when the Red Eagles overcame the Jogoos 2-0 at Namboole.
The first meeting between these two sides saw Villa defeat Express FC at Wankulukuku 1-0 courtesy of an Ambrose Kirya second half goal.
Going into the game, Villa have won only one of their last 4 league fixtures (D0 L3).
However, at home, Villa have lost only one of their last 9 games (W4 D4).
For Express, they head into Wednesday’s fixture having won only one of their last 4 league games (D1 L2). The victory was the 3-0 win over Proline FC in their last league outing.
Away from home, the Red Eagles are winless in their last 3 fixtures (D1 L2).
The other League games to be played on Wednesday @4:30pm
-BUL FC vs Wakiso Giants FC
-Bright Stars FC vs Maroons FC