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Vipers vs URA: Team News, Probable Lineups, Preview And Stats

Wednesday 12th May @4pm
*Vipers SC vs URA FC, Kitende (Live On Sanyuka TV)
*Police FC vs KCCA FC, Lugogo
*Kyetume vs Express FC, Nakisunga
*Kitara vs BUL FC, Masindi


Team news

•Dan Sserunkuma and Ahmed Amayo are expected to continue to be out for Vipers due to fitness issues.
•The duo of Shaban Muhammad and Bashir Asiku have been serving an internal suspension and it is not clear when they will be back.
•The Venoms are expected to continue with their rotation policy with Disan Galiwango and Ceaser Manzoki both in line for recalls to the starting team.
•URA have been boosted by the return to full fitness of striker Cromwel Rwothomio who has been out for a couple of weeks.
•Julius Mutyaba who got injured against BUL FC late last month is also expected to return on Wednesday.
•Jackson Nunda is a long-term absentee and yet to make his debut ever since joining from KCCA FC in the off-season.

Probable Line ups

Vipers SC – Fabien Mutombora (GK), Paul Willa, Halid Lwalilwa, Livingston Mulondo, Aziz Kayondo, Disan Galiwango, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Yunus Ssentamu, Karim Watambala, Ceaser Manzoki, Milton Karisaa

URA FC – Hannington Ssebwalunyo (GK), Ashraf Mandela, Brian Majwega, Hudu Mulikyi, Benjamin Nyakoojo, Patrick Mbowa, Brian Nkuubi, Joackim Ojera, Shafiq Kagimu, Cromwel Rwothomio, Steven Mukwala.

Preview – Title Decider?

There will be fire works at Kitende on Wednesday when the two leading teams in the Uganda Premier League collide.

URA who sit top of the pile with 50 points, will be the visitors away to second-placed Vipers SC who are just a point off top spot.

URA will go out in search of a victory that will see them move four points clear at the top and put one hand on a title that has eluded them since 2011.

The Tax Collectors have been top of the log and somehow maintained that status for the last couple of weeks.

After a run of two successive draws towards the end of April, Sam Simbwa’s side have responded in style, winning both of their past two games in convincing fashion.

They have defeated Mbarara City 2-0 and taken care of Onduparaka 3-1.

However, both those victories have come at home and this will be their first trip since the 0-0 draw at Bright Stars, a stalemate that ensured the Tax Collectors see their away form move to three winless games.

Despite the poor road form of late, URA must be full of confidence having won two of their past three matches at Kitende.

For Vipers, they start the day second on the pile and need only to win so as to climb back to the summit.

After succumbing to their third loss of the season at the hands of Express, late last month, the Venoms have bounced back in style, winning their last two games.

They humbled MYDA FC 4-0 in Tororo before scrapping past KCCA FC this past Sunday.

Vipers recent home form is a bit worrying as they have not won in two let alone score a goal.

The loss to Express came after a disappointing 0-0 draw against Wakiso Giants and with URA visiting, it is just understandable if some of the Vipers faithful are a little concerned.

The winner of this game will be the favourite to win the title but Express who are just four point off top spot, in third, will be hoping Vipers and URA share spoils and they (Express) beat up on Kyetume to move within two points of the summit.

Match stats

This will be the 22nd meeting between the two sides since February 2011.

In the past 21 meetings, URA has won seven, Vipers six with the other eight all ending in draws.

Last season, each of the two sides won their respective home games.

URA defeated Vipers 2-1 in the reverse meeting earlier this season.

URA head into the game having won two of their past three visits to Kitende, losing the other.

How to watch

This game will be live on Sanyuka TV


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