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URA face off with Express

It is action-packed in the Uganda Premier League (UPL) with eight fixtures lined upon Friday but it is URA-Express at Lugazi likely to capture much imagination.

URA go into this encounter on the back of back-to-back wins while Express travel after drawing one and losing the other in their last two matches.

But coach Wasswa Bbosa’s Red Eagles can draw encouragement from Alex Isabirye side’s leaking defence.

Having conceded 15 goals in 13 games – an outrageous ratio by URA standards, Isabirye knows they must tighten the back if they are to seriously challenge for the title they have won four times. And that has to start against Express.

“We have conceded too many goals but it is an area we have been working on and there were some positive signs even though we also conceded against Police,” said Isabirye of Tuesday’s 2-1 win.

URA are fourth on the log with 23 points from 13 games while Express dropped to sixth, two points behind the hosts, following Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to Bul.

The tax collectors tuned up for Friday’s encounter by beating Tanzanian defending champions Azam 1-0 at Lugogo on Wednesday evening.

The hosts will also bank on their attacking prowess having scored the most goals so far at 27. Striker Robert Ssentongo has netted nine of those and will be hoping to increase the tally.

Express are, meanwhile, the opposite offensively having scored 12 goals in 13 games. That they have lost influential attacking midfielder Simon Sserunkuma to Tanzanian club Simba hardly helps matters.

In Mityana, SC Villa will be hoping to return to winning ways following Tuesday’s 1-1 draw away to Vipers.

Defending champions KCC, fresh from a 4-0 humbling of Soana, face unpredictable Lweza at Wankulukuku while table leaders Vipers travel to Bul.

UPL, DECEMBER 19, 2014, 4.30PM

URA FC vs Express FC – Lugazi

BUL FC vs Vipers FC – Kakindu, Jinja

Soana FC vs Police FC – Kavumba RC

Lweza FC vs KCC FC – Wankulukuku

Entebbe FC vs Rwenshama FC – Nakivubo

Simba FC vs Kira Young FC – Bombo

SCVU vs Sadolin Paints – Namboole

SC Villa vs Bright Stars – Mityana

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