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SC Villa, Vipers renew old rivalry at Namboole

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Reigning champions SC Vipers and SC Villa Jogoo face off in one of the league’s biggest rivalries in ther Uganda Premier League on Wednesday at Namboole Stadium.

Espinoza Martinez’s men are set to pound more misery on Moses Basena’s SC Villa who are yet to win a game this season.

The 16 league champions are still winless this season, having two draws and one defeat. Moses Basena’s men have also spent 180 minutes without scoring a goal. Villa has scored two and conceded three goals in the previous league fixtures. They are 13th on the 16-log table.

Villa played to a goalless draw with Bright Stars in their last game at Mwerwere whereas Vipers SC edged Nyamityobora FC by a Sserunkuma sole goal at St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.

The Venoms have won all their three opening league games, scoring four only conceding once so far this season and a win against SC Villa will take them back to the top of the table replacing KCCA.

The last meeting between the two teams last season in Masaka ended 0-1 in favour of Vipers who completed a double over the Jogoos.

Villa have won only one of their last eight home games against Vipers (D4 L3), their worst record against a Premier League team in that period.

Vipers have not lost in any of their last nine league games (W6 D3). The last time they lost an away league game was the 3-1 defeat to KCCA in November 2017.

Vipers have won three of the four games against SC Villa and drawn the other. They did not concede a single goal in those four.

The Jogoos have not won in any of their last nine games in all competitions, drawing five and losing four.

Winning seventeen and drawing three, the Venoms have not lost in any of their last 20 league games.The game will be played at 4pm.

Team News

Derrick Ochan returned to full training and may be available for selection.

Abraham Ndugwa,Halid Lwalilwa and Rahmat Ssenfuka who were unused substitutes in the previous game, will feature have trained well.

Dan Sserunkuma is expected to lead the striking line for the Venoms.

Aggrey Madoi will not play as he still carries an injury. Yayo Lutimba will keep his place in the left back.

Villa will miss the duo of Edgar Luzige and Yusuf Mukisa through injury while Pius Wangi and Asharaf Mandela are yet to be cleared and are ineligible to face their former side.

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