It will be more than just three points to fight for in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League on Tuesday, 12th April as URA FC welcomes title rivals Vipers SC at the Arena of Visions in Ndejje University, Bombo.

It is set to be a thrilling encounter that will bring out the best of both teams, and the end result will also have so much impact on this season’s title chase.

It’s not exactly that URA is in very direct tight competition with Vipers, given that nine-point gap and one place between the two sides, but since both teams are mathematically still in the title equation, that leaves so much to fight for, including the title, and bragging rights as well.

The Tax Collectors are third on the 16-team table with 43 points, nine behind table leaders Vipers SC who are also their Tuesday opponents.

With six and eight games left to play for URA and Vipers respectively, so much can change before the end of the season, and this fixture, therefore, means a lot to particularly the Tax Collectors who will reduce the gap off the top from nine to six points if they can go on to claim all the three against the Venoms in Bombo.

At the moment, URA has managed ten wins, ten draws and three losses. Meanwhile, Vipers have had a good season so far, losing just twice, winning 16 out of 22, and having drawn the other four to sit top of the table with 52 points.

However, it seems as though URA know exactly how to collect points from Vipers. The tax collectors have only lost once to the venoms in the last seven encounters. The loss dates way back to 2019 as Dan Sserunkuma’s sole strike ensured a narrow 1-0 victory for Vipers at Kitende.

Since then, URA has gone on to win thrice, draw once, and lost none against the same Kitende opponents. 

In the last four games, the two sides have met, Vipers has managed just a point of the total potential 12, while the tax collectors have accumulated 10, having won 3-1 and 2-1 at the Arena of Visions, before drawing 1-1 and most previously winning 2-0 at Kitende.

The Tax Collectors have been in almost perfect form at home, where they’ve won four of their last five games there, with the only upset being that barren draw against Arua Hills in March.

Joackiam Ojera and Cromwel Rwothomio each scored a goal in either half to help URA win 2-0 against Vipers in their first meeting this season at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende. Tuesday will tell whether they can replicate the same performance.

The URA camp is good to go, and no worrying injuries have been reported so far, except a concern about Patrick Mbowa who until proven okay is still doubtful. Meanwhile, Saidi Kyeyune and Hudu Mulikyi who sat out of URA’s last game (with BUL FC) because of suspension are both back and available for selection.

April 12, 2022