Villa’s Isaac Muleme (R) takes on Express defender Isaac Okello in the first round (Photo Obsever)

Isaac Muleme insists former champions SC Villa know the importance of their Tuesday game against Express FC as their last two fixtures against each other have carried similar weight.

The mouthwatering tie takes centre stage live on Azam TV at Mutesa II stadium, Wankulukuku on Tuesday, kickoff @ 4pm.

The Jogoos are mathematically in the race while their arch rivals Express third on the log with 48 points can also win the league with victories in all three remaining fixtures including beating KCCA and pray that Mike Mutebi’s side as well as second placed Vipers falter their remaining games.

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“The message to my fellow players is no different than last week against Saints and KCCA. The game involves the same difficulties, the same importance as the last. We know the importance. We play for the whole season in this match,” Villa and Cranes left back Muleme on Monday told EagleOnline.

“We’re in good shape. This weekend has been long but we’re prepared for this vital game. Ideally we’ll manage the anxiety and the nerves but it is very difficult. Games against Express like last season didn’t go well on the pitch because of fans interference but we hope to make the most of tomorrow’s fixture.

“I’m hoping for the best atmosphere [at Wankulukuku Stadium] in years.

“I’m not thinking about a draw. We’ve prepared to win this game and that’s our idea. I don’t think about the next game, this is our game.”

The league meetings since 2011-12 campaign

2011/12: SC Villa 0-2 Express, Express 0-0 SC Villa

2012/13: Express 0-1 SC Villa, SC Villa 2-2 Express

2013/14: SC Villa 0-1 Express, Express 1-0 SC Villa

2014/15: SC Villa 3-0 Express, Express 0-3 SC Villa (Games aborted and Villa awarded points)

2015/16: SC Villa 3-2 Express, Express?-? SC Villa