Tuesday, May 16
•UPDF vs SC Villa, Bombo Barracks Ground
•Arua Hill vs Busoga United, Barifa Ground
•Blacks Power vs Gadaffi FC, Akibua Memorial stadium
•KCCA vs BUL, MTN Phillip Omondi Stadium
•Maroons vs Onduparaka, Luzira prisons ground
•Wakiso Giants vs Bright Stars, Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium
•Vipers vs Express, St Mary’s Stadium-Kitende
– Okello Donato is back from injury for UPDF having missed the previous game.
– The rest of the squad is fit and ready for selection.
– SC Villa will be without Midfielders Travis Mutyaba and Ivan Sserubiri.
– Goalkeeper Martin Elungat is still recovering from injury while Defender Masembe Edward is doubtful.
– However, they are boosted with the return of David Owori who missed the previous two games.
*UPDF – Derrick Were (GK), Steven Othieno, Oyirwoth Daglas, Samson Kasozi, Bernard Muwanga, Adriko Rogers, Ibrahim Wammanah, Yiga Frank, Ivan Ahimbisibwe, Mugisha Rogers, Nsimbe Badru Jibril
*Villa – Meddie Kibirige (GK), Tabu Oryem, Hassan Musana, Gift Fred, Keneth Ssemakula, David Owori, Hamza Mulambuzi, Umar Lutalo, Bbaale Charles, Seif Batte, Ivan Bogere.
Preview: Must Win For Title Chasing SC Villa
SC Villa will not afford to slip when they visit relegation-threatened UPDF at the Bombo Barracks Ground in a crucial Uganda Premier League tie.
The Record champions are level on 46 points with leaders Vipers and second-placed KCCA with only goal differences between them.
Against UPDF they will fancy their chances as they seek to keep pace with both Vipers and KCCA.
Anything less than a win will hinder their chances of winning the league and will hope for favour from BUL and Express who will be playing KCCA and Vipers respectively.
And given that they are short on goal difference in comparison to Vipers and KCCA, the Jogoos will want to score more.
Villa will hope to complete a double over UPDF for the first time since 2016/2017 season.
Coming into this game, SC Villa fell to a 1-0 away defeat against Maroons in Luzira.
For UPDF, just like Villa, it’s also a game of high importance as they hope to shrug off relegation woes.
With 26 points, the Army side are six points above the drop zone.
In their previous game, they played a one all draw with URA at Mehta stadium, Ivan Ahimbisibwe cancelling out Viane Ssekajuko opener.
The Army side will hope to revenge their 2-0 defeat in the reverse fixture.
UPDF are 12th on the log with 26 points after 25 matches. 6W, 8D, 11L
They have scored 23 goals and conceeded 34 times.
In their last five games, the Army side have managed just one win, two draws and defeats each.
Villa sits 3rd in the standing with 46 points in 25 matches. 15W, 3D, 7L
They have managed 24 goals and allowed 19 against them.
The Jogoos have won two of their last five matches with three defeats.
Head to Head
UPDF ?-? Villa
Villa 2-0 UPDF
UPDF 0-0 Villa
Villa 0-0 UPDF
UPDF 2-1 Villa
Villa 0-1 UPDF
UPDF 1-0 Villa
Villa 2-0 UPDF
UPDF 0-2 Villa
Villa 2-1 UPDF
Villa 0-2 UPDF
UPDF 0-0 Villa