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Startimes UPL: Vipers continue to eye summit as they host Onduparaka

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Vipers will look to get back to winning ways as the face bottom side Onduparaka in the Startimes Uganda Premier League on Wednesday at the St Mary’s Stadium.

With a loss in the last game at the back of their heads, the Venoms sit 4th on the log with 20 points in ten games and will hope to win this to go top.

With an advantage of home support, Vipers will need get all their forwards scoring in continued absence of their top scorer this season, Yunus Sentamu something that will boost their performance in the game.

Head coach Robertinho talked to Vipers Media ahead of the game and said that his team had to dust themselves off;

Credit to them, they made it tough and difficult. We’ve just got to dust ourselves off and stay confident, it’s halfway so we’ve still got a chance to bounce back,”

We can take confidence from the way we dominated possession, especially in the second half. The chances will come. It’s not over, far from it.”

On the otherside, Onduparaka will be boosted with the appointment of a new coach in tactician Steven Bogere.

With this looking to a hard task for both the players and coach, the Caterpillars will lift themselves up in order to impress the new gaffer.

They Arua side are winless this season and sit bottom of the table with two points in 10 games.

Last game.

Vipers lost their last game away 1-0 to Gaddafi courtesy on a Alex Kitata strike just like  Onduparaka who lost 2-0 at home courtesy of goals from old boy Shaban Muhammad and Allan Okello.

What would a win do?

A win for Vipers will take them top of the log, level on points with BUL but more goal difference.

For Onduparaka, win will help them close on gap between them and 14th placed Busoga.

Team News:

Vipers continue to be without Yunus Sentamu who is still out nursing a groin injury and Murushid Juuko who sustained a significant sprain to his right ankle ligament during the game away at Gaddafi FC.

Long-term absentees Paul Mucureezi and Livingstone Mulondo will stay sidelined with their respective injury setbacks.

Probable Line-ups

Vipers SC

Alfred Mudekereza (GK), Ashraf Mandela, Issa Mubiru, Bashir Asiku, Hillary Mukundane, Siraje Sentamu, Bright Anukani, Ibrahim Orit, Cromwell Rwothomio, Karim Watambala, Milton Karisa.

Onduparaka FC

Mathias Muwanga (GK), Gasper Adriko, Rashid Okocha, Bernard Ndifuna, Dennis Ojara, Davis Mayanja, Boniface Musema, Emmanuel Okech, Gadafi Gadinho, Amos Muwonge, Dominic Abonga

Head to head.

2021/22

Onduparaka 0-2 Vipers
Vipers 1-0 Onduparaka

2020/21

Onduparaka 1-3 Vipers

2019/20

Vipers 1-0 Onduparaka
Onduparaka 0-0 Vipers

2018/19

Onduparaka 0-0 Vipers
Vipers 3-0 Onduparaka

2017/18

Vipers 2-0 Onduparaka
Onduparaka 0-0 Vipers

2016/17

Vipers 4-1 Onduparaka
Onduparaka 1-0 Vipers

In the other games of the day, Blacks Power will play wounded SC Villa in a mini Aki Bua derby as Gaddafi go on to visit Maroons in Luzira.

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