Saturday, February 27
*Onduparaka FC vs Vipers SC FC @1pm – Green Light Stadium (Live on Sanyuka TV)
*Bright Stars FC vs Police FC @4pm – Kavumba Recreation Grounds
*Mbarara City FC vs Kyetume FC @4pm – Kakyeka Stadium
*SC Villa vs UPDF FC @4pm – Bombo Military Barracks Stadium
*KCCA FC vs Kitara FC @4pm – Omondi Stadium
*URA FC vs Busoga United FC @4pm – Arena of Visions
•Onduparaka are boosted by the return to full fitness of Gabriel Matata who came off the bench against Police FC.
•Kabon Living who recovered from injury in time for the Police game is expected to start once again on Saturday.
•Yakubu Ramathan be out with an ankle injury.
•Emma Okech, Hamza Geriga and Tonny Kyamera are all fit to feature, if selected.
•Vipers SC custodian Denis Kiggundu is a fitness doubt for Saturday’s game after missing the last two with injury.
•Ceaser Manzoki is fully fit and is expected to take part at some stage.
•Rashid Toha who missed the game against BUL due to injury has travelled to face his former team alongside Shaban Muhammad who also captained Onduparaka FC at some point.
•Vipers continue to be without up to six players who are with both the national U20 and U17 including midfielder Bobosi Byaruhanga and defender Aziz Kayondo.
Onduparaka FC – Michael Kagiri (GK), Alex Adriko, Augustine Akoch, Hakim Magombe, Najib Tusaba, Denis Andama, Ajobe Mahdi, Living Kabone, Okocha Rashid, Okech Emmanuel, Gabriel Matata.
Vipers SC – Fabien Mutombora (GK), Paul Willa, Disan Galiwango, Halid Lwaliwa, Rashid Toha, Siraje Ssentamu, David Bagoole, Ibrahim Orit, Paul Mucurezi, Yunus Ssentamu, Shaban Mohammad.
Preview – Venoms out to reclaim top spot
Vipers will head into Saturday’s game hoping to return to the top of the Uganda Premier League standings.
After Express’s victory over Wakiso Giants FC on Friday, Fred Kajoba’s side will start the day in second place, just a single point adrift of the Red Eagles and a draw or victory will take them back to the summit.
Since the league resumed this month, the Venoms have been in excellent form, winning three and drawing the other of their four games.
The only concern is that the draw came in their last away game to Kyetume FC, one that required them to come from behind twice.
However, they are coming off two successive victories against Police FC and BUL FC and that should give them enough confidence ahead of the game.
With a favourites tag weighing heavily on their tag, Vipers know that they need to take care of Onduparaka.
Of late, they have been grinding out results, scoring in the last 15 minutes of the games against Police and BUL and they will want to start better against a side that is also eyeing all three points.
Onduparaka, come into this one on the back of a disappointing 3-1 loss away to Police FC earlier in the week.
That defeat was only their second of the campaign and it put a halt on a six match unbeaten run.
The Caterpillars are usually hard to beat in Arua and having beaten Kyetume 3-1 the last time they were at home, they will fancy their chances against Vipers.
The win against the Slaughters was their first at the Green Light Stadium this campaign, having drawn all of the opening three fixtures there.
Starting the day in 7th, Onduparaka can climb as high as 4th with victory but it will be a tough task as they come up against a Vipers side that is yet to taste defeat this season.
This will be the 9th league meeting between the two sides since they first met in November 2016.
In the first eight match ups, Vipers have won four, Onduparaka one with the other three all ending in draws.
Onduparaka’s sole victory against Vipers came in the very first meeting in 2016 when the Caterpillars ran out 1-0 victors.
Vipers are currently on a seven game unbeaten run against Onduparaka (W4 D3).
This fixture has never produced an away victory with all the five wins belonging to home teams.
All of the last three games between the two sides, in Arua, have ended in a scoreless draw.
Last season, Vipers took four points off Onduparaka courtesy of a 1-0 win at Kitende and 0-0 draw at the Green Light Stadium.
This fixture has seen both teams score on only one occasion, in the 4-1 Vipers victory on 07/05/2017.
The last three games between these two sides have produced just a single goal.
How To Watch
The game will be live on Sanyuka TV starting at 1pm