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Express FC vs Busoga United FC: Team News, Probable Lineups, Preview and Stats

Friday, March 05
*MYDA FC vs Kitara FC @4pm – King George IV Memorial Stadium (Live on Sanyuka TV)
*Express FC vs Busoga United FC @4pm – Betway Mutessa II Stadium
*URA FC vs Kyetume FC @4pm – Arena of Visions
*KCCA FC vs UPDF FC @4pm – MTN Omondi Stadium


Team News

•Express will start life minus top scorer George Ssenkaba who is out injured for several months with a torn Achilles tendon.
•Frank Kalanda is expected to lead the line in absence of Ssenkaba as the team maintains its 4:3:3 shape.
•Godfrey Lwesibawa returns after serving his pre-match suspension and is expected to retain his starting slot with Ibrahim Kayiwa dropping to the bench.
•Martin Kizza is understood to have secured his licence and will feature on Friday.
•Arthur Kiggundu is a fitness doubt for the game and will have to undergo a late fitness test.
•Busoga captain George Kasonko is expected to once again start after returning against KCCA on Tuesday.
•Sharif Kimbowa is once again expected to miss out while fellow striker Shaka Ssozi has recovered from Malaria.
•Musa Magumba has personal issues and is a major doubt for the game.


Probable Lineups

Express FC – Mathais Muwanga (GK), Enock Walusimbi, Arthur Kiggundu, Isa Lumu, Murushid Juuko, Abel Etrude, Mahad Yaya, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Charles Musiige, Eric Kambale, Frank Kalanda.

Busoga United FC – Omedwa Rogers (GK), Jeromy Kirya, Franco Magero, Isaac Wagoina, Onen Franco, George Kalyowa, Douglas Muganga, George Kasonko, Paul Ssekulima, Anthony Mayanja, Abubakar Otwao.

Preview – In-form Eagles eyeing summit

Express FC have been in good form since the campaign started and continue impressing with each passing day.

They currently sit second on the table, just two points behind leaders Vipers SC and they (Express) know that a victory will see them climb top of the log for at least 24 hours, with the Venoms not in action until Saturday.

Express will climb top of the log with victory on Friday. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)

One of just two sides yet to lose a contest this campaign, the Red Eagles seem to be growing in strength with each passing day.

Tuesday’s game sees them return to Wankulukuku after impressing on their last three travels.

Those away games have seen them impress immensely as they went on to win all of them while scoring nine goals in the process and conceding just once.

The Red Eagles thrashed BUL FC 4-0, saw a brace each from Ssenkaba and Lwesibawa that lifted them past MYDA 4-1 and also overcame Kitara FC 1-0.

Sandwiched between the MYDA and Kitara wins was a convincing 3-0 victory at home to Wakiso Giants FC.

Having won all of their past four games, Bbosa’s side must be full of confidence going into the game on Friday and will be out to make it five victories on the trot.

For Busoga, they are desperate for points as they sit third from bottom with just five points this campaign.

The Students understand that they need to start winning so as to avoid a relegation battles come the last few weeks of the season.

Currently, they are with out a single victory since the league started and sit five points away from safety and are coming off successive losses in their past two games.

Abby Kikomeko’s side have lost three and drawn two of their opening five games on the road and heading to Wankulukuku with such form must be worrying for them.

The Stats

This will be the 9th meeting between the two sides since they first met in October 2016.

In the previous eight match-ups, Busoga holds the upper hand with four victories as compared to Express’s two.

Busoga will feel confident going into the game having lost only once in four visits to Wankulukuku with that loss coming in April 2019.

Last season, Busoga beat Express home and away including a 2-1 victory at Wankulukuku in October 2019.

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