Uganda Premier League
Police FC vs SC Villa
StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo
Police FC will be hoping to return to winning ways when they take on SC Villa in the Uganda Premier League at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo on Monday.
The Cops had a decent start to the second round, winning their opening three games including a 6-1 victory over Express FC.
However, they have now gone two matches minus a win as they lost to Admin FC in the cup before going down 2-1 at Proline in the league last week.
Despite victories in three of their opening four second round games, Police may soon find themselves embroiled in the relegation scrap.
Abdallah Mubiru’s side currently sits in 12th spot just a point above the relegation zone.
Speaking ahead of Monday’s game, Mubiru says he is not bothered by relegation threats and that his side will continue to play and try to win games.
“Our concern has never been relegation and that will not start on Monday, noted Mubiru.
“We play to win each game and we will continue to do that throughout the season and then see where we are at the end.
“We take on Villa next and we will target all three points like we always do.”
“Villa is a good team and they have been performing well but we will try all we can to defeat them.”
Police will have to do without top scorer Ben Ocen who is believed to have completed a move to the Indian Premier League last week.
Ocen was also absent in the loss to Proline last week.
In his absence, the scoring burden now falls to striker Derrick Kakooza who has scored four goals since the turn of the year.
For Villa, they are having a unbelievably good season so far and continue to impress on all fronts.
They were expected to struggle after doing likewise last campaign and not bolstering their squad in the off season, but have done the complete opposite.
They sit third on the table and although they are not expected to challenge for the title, they are favourites to finish where they currently are.
The 1-0 victory over Express last week was their 9th of the season and another win on Monday will see them get to within six points of second placed KCCA FC.
This will be the 20th meeting between Police and Villa since November 2010.
In the past 19 match-ups, Villa has won six, Police three with the other 10 all ending in draws.
Police heads into the game having lost only one of their last seven league games (W5 D1).
At home, the Cops are currently on a four game unbeaten run (W3 D1).
For Villa, they head into Monday’s encounter having lost only three of their last 18 league games (W9 D6).
Away from home, the Jogoos have lost just two of their last nine games (W5 D2).