Bright Stars Vs Express: Team News, Probable Lineups, Preview and Stats

Tuesday, April 20
*Vipers vs Wakiso Giants, St. Mary’s Stadium @4pm
*BUL FC vs UPDF FC, Kyabazinga Stadium @4pm
*Kyetume FC vs Busoga United, FUFA Technical @4pm – Live On Sanyuka TV
*Bright Stars FC vs Express FC, Kavumba Recreation Grounds @4pm
*Police FC vs Kitara FC, Omondi Stadium @4pm
*Onduparaka FC vs MYDA FC, Green Light Stadium @4pm

Team News

•Bright Stars will continue to be without goalkeeper Benson Wangima who also missed the last game through injury.
•Hamis Gabite and Jamir Kisitu are also out of the contest with injury.
•Ronald Sempala, Buule Kiwanuka and Sam Sekitto are all long-term absentees.
•Defender Andrew Kiwanuka is suspended for this one after accumulation of three yellow Cards.
•Express will welcome back Murushid Juuko who missed the last two games due to suspension.
•Captain Enock Walusimbi is suspended for accumulation of yellow cards.
•Mahad Yaya is out injured by Ibrahim Kayiwa will face a late fitness test after overcoming a knock.
•Abel Etrude is slowly recovering but it remains to be seen if he will be able to feature on Monday.
•Athur Kiggundu and George Ssenkaba are long-term absentees.

Probable Lineups

Bright Stars – Tamale Simon (GK), Buule Warren, Suleiman Ssebbunza, Andy Kyambadde, Derrick Kigundu, Marvin Joseph, Samuel Ssekamatte, Akandwanaho Joseph, Joseph Janjali, Ssemayenge Simon.

Express FC – Mathias Muwanga (GK), Denis Mubuya, Sadiq Ssekyembe, Murushid Juuko, Isa Lumu, Mahad Yaya Kakooza, Daniel Shabena,Geoffrey Lwesibawa, Charles Musiige, Martin Kizza, Eric Kambale

Preview – Express Seek To Bounce Back To Winning Ways

Express have seen their chase for a first league title since 2012 lose steam in the last two games.

The Red Eagles have collected just two out of a possible six points and currently sit five (points) adrift of joint leaders Vipers SC and URA FC.

After a 0-0 draw at SC Villa, Wasswa Bbosa’s side were held 1-1 by ten-man Mbarara City last weekend, a game that highlighted their offensive issues lately.

Ever since George Ssenkaba got injured, the Red Eagles have struggled for goals, scoring just six goals in seven games and managing more then one goal on one occasion.

The quadruple of Martin Kizza, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Charles Musiige and Eric Kambale need to start putting away the chances they create or else Express risks falling further away from the title race.

For Bright Stars, they are currently on a good run after winning all their last three games.

They have also been scoring goals of late, netting nine in their last three games including in a 3-0 win at MYDA last time out.

That brilliant form has seen them surge up the standings into 8th with 26 points.

With their ability to score goals, the Stars will definitely ask questions of an Express side that has been struggling of late.

Match Stats

This will be the 17th meeting between the two sides since November 2013.

In the past 16 meetings, Express has won five, Bright Stars three with the other eight all ending in draws.

Express have not lost away to Bright Stars in their past two match-ups, both ending in 1-1 draws.

The Red Eagles won 2-1 at Wankulukuku in the two sides’ first meeting this season.

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