Saturday January 08,2022
Uganda Premier League
St. Mary’s stadium – Kitende.
Kick off: 3PM
After a frustrating outing against Wakiso Giants last Tuesday, BUL football club will aim to defy history at St. Mary’s stadium on Saturday afternoon.
BUL will seek to avoid a successive loss this season against another wounded side – Vipers SC who they have won only twice in 20 meetings.
The action will unfold from the horrid St. Mary’s stadium where the Eastern Giants have never won from but Alex Isabirye’s men have shown their ability to be competitive this campaign, picking up seven victories, four draws and three losses in their 14 games played so far to sit 4th on the table with 25 points.
In their last fixture they lost 4-3 to the purple sharks, but they have picked up three victories in their last six matches and also thrashed Arua Hill SC 4-0 ten days ago.
For the venoms, Roberto Oliveira will also be hoping his side can bounce back from a disappointing trip to Arua Hill SC last time out.
But putting the 1-0 defeat to the Leopards aside, the hosts have also been full of life in the Uganda premier league this season, proving to be real title challengers, sitting in second place, just two points behind leaders KCCA FC.
They have won nine, drawn and lost two games separately to collect 29 points from their 13 games.
Meanwhile victory for BUL FC will see the points gap from the top reduced to three in case results don’t go KCCA’s way in their face off with URA.
Saturday’s clash will be the 21 match between the Eastern Giants and Vipers SC since 2011.
What they said
Coach Kasule Richard
We are expecting a tough battle with Vipers tomorrow but we have prepared very well, we lost points against Wakiso Giants but now its time to recover the lost points. Our team is ok we have no injuries, we have only one suspended player that is Douglas Muganga but still we have his replacement and we are good to go.
Last time out
January 04, 2022
Wakiso Giants 4-3 BUL FC
The Eastern Giants were edged in a seven goal thriller that saw three penalties at Kabaka Kyabagu stadium. Ibrahim Kazindula struck a brace while Ibrahim Nsimbe also scored.
Moses Aliro found the net twice, Tom Masiko as well as Ivan Bogere scored for the home side.
Kazindula threw us in the lead in the 17th minute with a scotching free kick but Aliro equalised for the hosts nineteen minutes later. Bogere scored a penalty to give the purple sharks a 2-1 lead into the break.
But BUL levelled the game through Nsimbe four minutes off the hour and regained the lead on the 75th minute after Kazindula beat Emmanuel Emukule from the spot.
Aliro restored parity for the hosts and then Masiko won it for them later on from 12 yards.
Head to head
20 games have been played between the two teams since 2011, with BUL FC winning two and Vipers SC 13. Five games have ended in a draw.
Our last encounter with Vipers SC came in the Uganda cup final, with our depleted side losing to them 8-1 at Fufa Technical Center in September last year.
Livingstone Mulondo put Vipers in front as early as the third minute. Yunus Sentamu doubled their lead in the 26th minute before Ceaser Manzoki made it three with just 36 minutes off the clock.
Manzoki swept home two minutes later as the scoreboard read 4-0 for Roberto Oliveira’s men at halftime.
Sentamu scored after the recess before he completed his hat trick on the 54th minute. Milton Karisa also joined the scoring party for Vipers’ 7th goal and then Sentamu struck their 8th with 23 minutes left to play.
Substitute Hamis Tibita scored for us the consolation goal in the 73rd minute as we lost our first ever Uganda cup final.
Last four encounters
October 22, 2019
Vipers SC 2-1 BUL FC
February 09, 2020
BUL FC 2-3 Vipers SC
February 23, 2021
Vipers SC 1-0 BUL FC
September 26, 2021
(Uganda cup final)
Vipers SC 8-1 BUL FC
BUL FC have lost just once in our last six games, winning three times and drawing twice.
Isabirye’s men have gathered 11 points on the road as a result of three victories, two draws and losses alike from our seven trips.
The seven trips have seen a return of 14 goals, while 12 were conceded.
This fixture has produced a total of 44 goals and BUL FC has contributed 12 since 2011.
It’s six years since the Eastern Giants last won away to Vipers SC. Yunus Sibira’s last gasp header was the decider in our 1-0 win at Buikwe play ground in April 2016.
The first meeting between these sides ended in a two all draw at Kakindu stadium in November 2011, and it is the only time the match involving these two teams ended all square with at least a goal scored.
Five stalemates have been registered between the two teams, but four were goalless.
Vipers SC have recorded thirteen victories from this tie with eight coming at home.
Oliveira’s men have lost and drawn one each in their last seven games.
They have collected 13 points from a possible 18 after winning four, drawing and losing one respectively from their six home games this term.
The venoms have also scored 16 goals and conceded only 6 across those games.
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