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Vipers aspire to assume table leadership as tricky Villa visits

Former St. Mary's Kitende attacking midfielder Travis Mutyaba will face Vipers for the first time since crossing to Villa and he is likely to start in one of the offensive positions.

Danito NSUBUGA 

Vipers SC will hope to topple KCCA FC again at the table summit when they host nemesis SC Villa at Kitende.

Only a single point separate Vipers and the table leaders after 14 rounds of matches played this term.

The Venoms will however have it mind that their tomorrow’s visitors have always not been an easy nut to crack despite the recent struggles.

Villa are languishing in the bottom half of the log and have only won twice from their previous five meetings.

A 4-0 victory over the hapless Tooro United and a slim 1-0 win over 14th placed Busoga United.

Vipers’ recent form hasn’t been inspiring either, they managed to pick just a single point put of a possible 6.

Villa have managed 3 wins from their most recent six league visits to Kitende whereas they have left on the losing side twice. Only one time has ended in a stalemate.

Overall, Vipers have won 13 times in their last 26 meetings both in the cup and league, against Villa’s merger 4 times. Spoils have been shared on 9 occasions.

TEAM NEWS:

Vipers will continue missing the services of reigning MVP Bobosi Byaruhanga through injury, whereas the match comes too soon for Swift winger Ibrahim Orit.

SC Villa are likely to continue with Martin Senkooto in goal as first choice goalkeeper Meddie Kibirige is yet to fully recover from a broken finger.

Kenneth Semakula is still sidelined by injury whereas new recruits Bernard Agele, Shafiq Bakaki and Saddam Juma have not yet been cleared by the licensing committee.

Petros Koukouras will have to stick with the inexperienced partnership of Gavin Kizito and Gift Fred in the center of defense.

Joseph Kafumbe and Fred Agandu will take up the wing back positions whereas Amir Kakomo and Ali Bayo may start in central midfielder.

Former St. Mary’s Kitende attacking midfielder Travis Mutyaba will face Vipers for the first time since crossing to Villa and he is likely to start in one of the offensive positions.

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