The finish line is now in sight for Uganda Premier League teams – and every game takes on added importance at either end of the table.

And past history suggests that the fixture list, as much as form and fitness, could play a decisive role in deciding who ends the season with a flourish.

Based on the average league position of their remaining opponents, SC Villa have the easiest run-in to the end of the season, while Vipers SC have the toughest – they play sides in the top eight, and must be at their best to dislodge these sides while KCC FC.

Vipers SC

The 2010 league champions kick start their title run in with an away tie against 3rd placed KCC FC on Friday before hosting 6th placed Police FC at Buikwe a week later on Labour Day.

On May 8th, they have a difficult trip to Namboole where they play rejuvenated SC Victoria University; the only side outside the top eight amongst its remaining fixtures.

On May 15th, the hosts 8th placed Express before tough a tough trip to Nakivubo to face rivals SC Villa and end the campaign with an unpredictable home tie against Bul. FC.

However, besides KCC FC and SC Villa who are vying for the championship, the rest of Vipers’ opponents are safe from relegation and are not title chasers thus may be content with what they have already achieved which may play in Vipers’ favour.

Vipers Six Remaining Fixtures:

April 24: KCC FC (a)

May 1: Police FC (h)

May 8: SC Victoria University (a)

May 15: Express FC (h)

May 22: SC Villa (a)

May 29: Bul. FC (h)

SC VILLA:

Of SC Villa’s seven remaining fixtures, only two sides are in the top eight that’s Vipers SC and Bright Stars who are first and seventh respectively.

The record league champions start with 12th placed Soana on Friday at Kavumba Recreation Ground before hosting bottom placed Entebbe FC on May 1 and then visit bogey side Simba at Bombo on May 5. The army side are 11th on the log.

On May 15th, the Jogoos renew acquaintances with SC Victoria University with game likely to be spiced up by Villa’s recent controversial Uganda Cup victory.

In between those fixtures, Ibrahim Kirya’s side also play another relegation threatened side in Kira Young and then take on title rivals Vipers in their second last game on May 22 at Nakivubo before ending the campaign with an away trip to Mwerwere where they play Bright Stars on May 29.

SC Villa’s Seven Remaining Fixtures:

April 24: Soana (a)

May 1: Entebbe (h)

May 5: Simba (a)

May 8: Kira Young (a)

May 15: SC Victoria University (h)

May 22: Vipers (h)

May 29: Bright Stars (a)

KCC FC

Unlike Vipers and SC Villa, KCC FC’s say in the title run in isn’t in their own hands but must keep winning their games and hope the rivals drop points.

The back to back champions have tough fixtures starting with Vipers SC at home on Friday 24, then another home tie with rivals Express FC four days later before a daunting trip to Kakindu to play Bul. FC on May 8.

Four days later, the Kasasiro Boys host URA FC at Lugogo before a trip to Kavumba to face Soana on May 22 and then conclude the campaign with a home game against Lweza on May 29.

KCC FC Six Remaining Fixtures:

April 24: Vipers (h)

April 28: Express FC (h)

May 8: Bul. FC (a)

May 12: URA FC (h)

May 22: Soana (a)

May 29: Lweza (h)

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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