Wednesday May 10, 2023
Uganda Premier League
BUL FC VS ARUA HILL
FUFA Technical Centre
After eight days of preparations, the Eastern Giants return to action and will hope to return to winning ways following a run of three back to back draws.
Simeon Masaba’s men look to seek a strong finish to the season, with just four games to go, which starts this Wednesday at Arua Hill.
They can be found in position seven on the table with a count of 33 points, four behind their visitors who sit in fourth, and they come into this one after a 0-0 draw at Wakiso Giants, and they are searching for their first win in eleven league matches.
Arua Hill make the trip to FUFA technical centre without victory in any of the three previous meetings between the two teams – with the last fixture coming in December where a goal from Ibrahim Nsimbe was enough to see out a 1-0 win for BUL at Barifa grounds.
But their most recent league outing was a big win, thrashing Express 4-1 in Arua.
BUL will have to work around the absence of midfielder Emmanuel Kalyowa for this clash due to Malaria, and to this day is the only injured player with the rest of the squad available for selection and ready to compete.
Coach Simeon Masaba said;
“We have prepared our team well and we are ready to play and see that we can get good results against Arua Hill.”
“Some positives were picked from our previous match against Wakiso Giants where we kept a clean sheet. We didn’t score but did not concede either.”
“So we are going to capitalize on that to see that we defend very well and as well score.”
Midfielder Ibrahim Mugulusi said;
“No win for us in the second round so far but we are looking to getting one since we are playing at home.”
“The confidence is high, the goal scoring challenge has been rectified and very soon we shall score in the coming matches. Therefore, fans should come and give us the support.”
Head to Head
P3 W2 D1 L0
The sides have met three times, and BUL have won two and drawn one game.
Last three encounters
December 28, 2021
BUL FC 4-0 Arua Hill
February 16, 2022
Arua Hill 2-2 BUL FC
December 06, 2023
Arua Hill 0-1 BUL FC
It’s 22 points for BUL from a possible 36, as a result of six wins and four draws in twelve home matches.
Since the start of the season, they have lost two games only at home – against URA FC (0-1) and Express (1-2) in March and April respectively.
The games have seen the Eastern Giants score 19 goals at FUFA technical centre with nine leaked.
Still out of the 12 home matches, Masaba’s men have kept five clean sheets
They have scored in almost all but two home matches – against URA (0-1) and Gaddafi FC (0-0).
BUL’s last league victory was however in mid-December against Maroons, and it is now 139 days without a win.
In their past ten matches, they have fetched six draws and four losses but they are unbeaten in their immediate last three games.
They have scored seven goals of the nine involved in their previous three contests with the Arua side.
Arua Hill have registered six losses in their 12 trips this season, winning three only with the other three also ending in draws.
But the Leopards have lost once in their latest six matches where they have recorded three triumphs and two stalemates.
In their last five, goals on their side have failed to come in one only – when they lost 1-0 to Vipers in April.
They have also had a return of six goals in their last two outings – against Onduparaka (2-2) and 4-0 against Express.
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