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Vipers SC vs BUL FC: Team News, Probable Lineups, Preview and Stats

Saturday, February 20
*Kyetume vs Bright Stars @1pm – FUFA Technical Centre
*Vipers SC vs BUL FC @4pm – St. Mary’s Stadium Kitende
*MYDA FC vs Express FC @4pm – St. George IV Memorial Stadium
*Wakiso Giants FC vs KCCA FC @4pm – Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium
*Busoga United vs SC Villa @4pm – FUFA Technical Centre


Team News

•Vipers will continue to be without goal keeper Denis Kiggundu who also missed the win against Kitende.
•Bashir Ssekagya started in goal last time out but Fabien Mutombora is expected to retain his starting role on Tuesday.
•Ceaser Manzoki who netted the winning goal against the Cops is expected to make the team despite limping off last Friday.
•Rashid Toha who has been carrying a minor injury will be subjected to a late fitness test to ascertain his status.
•Vipers continue to be without upto six players who are with both the national U20 and U17 including Bobosi Byaruhanga and Aziz Kayondo.
•BUL are also still without long term absentees in Ambrose Kirya and Vitalis Tabu.
•Davis Mutebi and Musa Warangalira are also still out due to respective injuries.
•Following the thumping by Express FC, the Jinja based side are expected to make several changes to the starting team.


Probable Lineups

Vipers SC – Fabien Mutombora (GK), Paul Willa, Disan Galiwango, Halid Lwaliwa, Bashir Asiku, Siraje Ssentamu, Karim Watambala, Ibrahim Orit, Paul Mucurezi, Yunus Ssentamu, Shaban Mohammad.

BUL FC lines up before the loss to Police at Lugogo. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)

BUL FC – Abdul Kimera (GK), Godfrey Akol, Walter Ochora, Ramathan Dudu, Agrey Madoi, Davis Kigozi, Robert Mukongotya, Ibrahim Mugulusi, Musa Esenu, Richard Wandyaka, Joseph Ssemujju.


Preview

Vipers SC start the day top of the table after a controversial victory at home to Police FC last week.

The Venoms are top points clear at the top and will be hoping to continue with their fine start to the season on Tuesday afternoon.

Vipers are top of the log going into match-day nine.

Fred Kajoba’s side are yet to lose a game this campaign and are one of just three sides to find themselves in that position. After winning five and drawing three of their eight games so far.

They have been slow starters in games and have found themselves behind at halftime in both of their last two games, something that the technical team must be looking into.

The victory against Police highlighted their defensive issues once again as they conceded twice, taking their tally to 10 goals, the joint 8th worst in the league this season.

However, they have been impressive at the other end, scoring a division high 22 goals already and Kajoba will be hoping that his attack is firing once again when they take on BUL.

For BUL, they are in dare need of points at the moment and will be out to try and stop the Venoms.

After overcoming KCCA FC on match-day six, BUL have gone on to lose both of their last two encounters as they went down 2-0 at Police and 4-0 to Express FC.

The results at home to the Red Eagles left them in 13th spot with just seven points from their opening eight games.

Sitting just three points away from the drop zone is not an ideal situation for them and even if it looks less probable, they will go to Kitende hoping to nick a result that can kick start their season.

With just two victories this campaign, BUL know they need to start winning games as soon as possible to avoid an unwanted situation that may see them fight for their status in the top flight come the end of the season.


The Stats

This will be the 19th meeting between the two sides since November 2011.

In the previous 18 match-ups, Vipers have enjoyed a good run against BUL, winning 11 and losing just twice with the other five all ending in draws.

The Venoms are currently enjoying an eight match unbeaten run against BUL, winning seven and drawing the other.

The Venoms have not lost any of the previous eight matches against BUL.

BUL’s last victory against Vipers came in April 2016 in a 1-0 away result.

Last season, Vipers defeated BUL home and away including a 2-1 victory at Kitende on October 22, 2019.

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