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Express vs UPDF: Team News, Probable Lineups, Preview And Stats

Saturday, May 15
*SC Villa vs Vipers SC, Bombo @3pm
*BUL FC vs Solitilo Bright Stars, Bugembe @4pm
*Wakiso Giants FC vs Kitara FC, Wakissha @4pm
*Express FC vs UPDF FC, Wankulukuku @4pm
*URA FC vs Police FC, Ndejje @4pm
*Mbarara City FC vs Onduparaka FC, Kakyeka @4pm


Team News

•Express FC welcome back left-back Arthur Kiggundu after a while out with a knee injury.
•Abel Etrude who has also been out for a while is now fit but not expected to feature on Saturday.
•Muzamir Mutyaba missed the win at Kyetume last time out with a fever and he will be subjected to a late fitness test to ascertain is he will feature.
•George Ssenkaba is a long-term absentee and continues to be out.
•UPDF continue to be without the injured Simon Mbazira and Ibrahim Wamannah.
•Goalkeeper Douglas Kisembo is yet to attain full-fitness after a while out so he will sit this one out too.
•Dickens Okir and Seif Batte are major doubts for the game on Saturday
•Sam Kintu and James Begesa missed the game against MYDA FC at the start of the week but return for this one.

Probable Lineups

Express FC – (GK) – Mathais Muwanga (GK), Denis Mubuya, Enock Walusimbi, Isa Lumu, Murushid Juuko, Mahad Yaya, Daniel Shabena, Charles Musiige, Eric Kambale, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Martin Kizza.

UPDF FC – Waswa Yusuf (GK), Vuni Joseph, James Begesa, Bernard Muwanga, Ssekitoreko Denis, Sam Kintu, Charles Ssebutinde, ZZinda Hussein, Kalumba Brian, Eseru Robert, Kitata Alex.

Preview

Express look to have returned to their best and will be hoping they can win all three points on Saturday to maintain their title charge.

The Red Eagles have won all of their last four league games, defeating Vipers SC, Onduparaka, Police and Kyetume FC.

Express FC have won all their past four league games. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)

They also took care of league leaders URA FC in the cup to reach the last 8.

The run of results has seen Wasswa Bbosa’s side move to within two points of the summit and they are very much eyeing a first league crown since 2012.

Despite the good run of form, Express head coach Wasswa Bbosa is not taking UPDF for granted.

“We are facing a side which started the league well and topped the table for sometime and beat us in the first round. Despite dropping a little now, as a team in the league, their target may be to stay up so they don’t have a lot of pressure now as they have in the past but for us, their is no room of error. We have seven remaining games and those are seven finals. We shall try to win every game.” Bbosa noted ahead of the game.

The Red Eagles have been close to formidable at home this season as they are the only side yet to lose a contest in their own backyard, winning seven and drawing the other four of the 11 games at Wankulukuku.

Much of that good run has been down to the front four of Martin Kizza, Godfrey Lwesibawa Charles Musiige and Eric Kambale who have caused issues for every visitor and they will be the ones banked on to take care of a UPDF.

The Army side started the league strongly and were top of the pile by match-day seven.

However, their form has dropped south and currently sit in 7th.

Although they look to be safe for now, they are not mathematically safe from the drop as they sit 13 points away from the relegation zone with 21 points to play for.

They have won only two of their past nine games, drawing three and losing the other four.

They head into Saturday’s game on the back of a three-match winless run (D2 L1).

Kefa Kisala’s side must be low on confidence after letting a lead slip in the 1-1 draw at home to MYDA FC in their last game.

Against title chasing Express, it will be tough to try and take something from the game but with the personnel they have in their ranks, UPDF is a side that can not easily be taken for granted.

Match Stats

This will be the fourth meeting between the two sides since September 2018.

All the previous three meetings have produced home victories with UPDF FC winning twice and Express once.

The Army side defeated Express 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season and it was Express’s first defeat of the campaign.

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