Tuesday March 21, 2023
Uganda Premier League
SC Villa Vs BUL
Akibua memorial stadium
The Eastern Giants head to the Akibua stadium this Tuesday to take on SC Villa in a mouthwatering Uganda premier league clash.
BUL will be targeting a return to winning ways following a disappointing run of three matches without victory in the league ever since the second half of the season started.
It’s a top three clash as the Jogoos and the Eastern Giants meet, with two points separating the two sides.
A record of eight wins, five draws and four defeats from 17 matches has seen BUL collect 29 points, which is enough for the third position in the table, two points behind their hosts in second place.
The Eastern Giants won 1-0 in the reverse game earlier this term, and went on to beat them again with the same score in the round of 32 of the Uganda cup.
Richard Wandyaka and Ibrahim Nsimbe were on the score sheet for BUL at FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru.
But SC Villa are actually unbeaten in the league since early December, winning five of their last seven during a brilliant run of form.
Jackson Magera’s side are showing strong form at an important stage of the season, however, they will enter this match off the back of a 1-0 defeat at the hands of their visitors in Uganda Cup.
BUL will be unable to call upon the services of; Ronald Otti, Reagan Kalyowa and George Kasonko with the trio sidelined because of injuries. Striker Ibrahim Nsimbe will also miss the trip to Lira because of a suspension.
Coach Simeon Masaba is thinking the success in the immediate last game can bring the momentum heading into this game and that the team can arrest the current poor run in the league.
“The camp is okay. The morale is high and the previous win against Onduparaka motivates us, coming into this game with energy,” he said.
“We are going to do what we are supposed to do because we need to win.”
“We started the second round badly and we need to improve as soon as possible. Therefore, we are going to ‘fight’ with SC Villa to see that we win tomorrow’s game.”
Emmanuel Kalyowa has said the players have been prepared to do their job well.
“We are ready to face SC Villa,” the midfielder said.
“We have had very good preparations and the coaches have given us enough tactics.“
“We know the task may not be easy but it’s our job, we have to confront it with zeal to see that we get the three points.“
Head to Head
From the 27 matches across all competitions, this fixture has produced nine wins for BUL, nine for SC Villa and nine draws.
Last four meetings
April 24, 2022 (Uganda cup)
SC Villa 1-2 BUL FC (AET)
May 22, 2022
BUL 1-0 SC Villa
October 22, 2022
BUL FC 1-0 SC Villa
March 11, 2023 (UG Cup Replay)
BUL FC 1-0 SC Villa.
BUL have won two games, lost and drawn three matches apiece to have a count of nine points from a possible 24 in eight away league matches.
On the road this season, they have scored ten goals and conceded eight.
The Eastern Giants have also won once in their past six league matches, drawing three times.
But Simeon Masaba’s men have won nine times in this fixture with four victories coming away from home.
To add on that, the Eastern Giants are unbeaten in their last twelve meetings with the Jogoos.
45 goals have been scored in this fixture since 2011 and the Eastern Giants have a share of 22.
It’s close to five years since SC Villa last beat BUL in the league, and that was the 1-0 victory in November 2017.
After losing their first two matches at Akibua memorial stadium, SC Villa have won three on the bounce since shifting to Lira in November last year.
They have also kept three clean sheets along their seven match unbeaten run in the league, scoring in each of them.
The Jogoos have dropped only six points at home this campaign, tallying 18 points from a possible 24 in eight matches – the fifth best home record in the division.
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