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SPL round 27 preview: Relegation battle focus of the weekend

SPL round 27 preview: Relegation battle focus of the weekend

SportPesa Premier League action resumes after breaking to give way for the local tournaments now six matches on the cards following the postponement of the Sofapaka v AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia v Western Stime encounters over security matters.

Battle for relegation will take center stage after 15 times Champion Gor mahia were crown champion,with KCB and Nairobi City Stars fighting for their lives in top flight football So to will Nakuru All Stars try to go down fight as the face an away trip to Mathare United.
FRIDAY

Tusker v Muhoroni Youth (Nyayo Stadium, 2pm)

Muhoroni faces an tricky test in the bid to have they best finish of the season as the look for a possible top three league positions finish was certainly nowhere in coach Francis Kimanzi’s worst case scenarios.

While Muhoroni are unbeaten in 12 consecutive league matches, the brewers have failed to win in their last six league encounters.
Tusker is currently two places off the podium positions with four tough assignments against Muhoroni, Sony Sugar, AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia still remaining, making that prospect very much possible.

Jesse Were remains atop of the Golden Boot standings and is sure to trouble the Muhoroni defence on Friday.

The two sides drew 2-2 in the first leg encounter on April 11 in Kisumu.
Tusker FC vs Muhoroni Youth FC

Mathare United v Nakuru All Stars (Nyayo Stadium, 4.15pm)

Peter Okidi’s charges will look to build on their 5-2 win over KCB in their last outing despite staying out of competitive action for the past two weeks having opted out of the GOtv Shield. Nakuru AllStars once again find themselves locked in the bottom of the log and simply have to win their remaining matches if they are to have any chance of survival. The 2008 champions will be looking to end their five match winless run with victory over the basement club as the league nears conclusion.
Mathare have few injuries concerns with skipper Vincent Okello among the casualties that also include Roy Syamba, Ismail Dunga and David Mwangi though the soft spoken tactician has downplayed the prospect of their absence impacting the team shape negatively come match day. Certainly a must win match for Nakuru All Stars, who must collect maximum points in their four remaining matches and hope other results go their way, to stand a chance of avoiding relegation.

Meetings between the two teams have been close affairs. The two clubs drew 0-0 in their first leg fixture while last season Mathare took four points from All Stars in a 0-0 and 1-0 result.

SATURDAY

Bandari v City Stars (Mombasa County Stadium, 3pm)

City Stars will have to produce an incredible performance and pray for the other matches to go they way if they have a realistic chance of play in the top fight next season and a win this match the three points could see them go above KCB to 14th place and move out of the dreaded relegation zone.

Bandari have responded from their bad first half of the season in some incredible fashion and commendable style and now sit sixth on the log.
Bandari coach Twahir Muhiddin welcomes defender Abdulatif Omar and Masoud Juma from long injury spells while City Stars coach Gabriel Njoroge will have to do without Ronny Kanguzi who is suspended for this match after accumulating five yellow cards.

Chemelil Sugar v Ulinzi Stars (Moi Stadium, 3pm)

Both team were knocked out of the cup competition last outing, With Ulinzi Stars suffering in the hand of Sony sugar in the Top Eight Knockout tournament last weekend,While Chemil were held Sofapaka to a 2-2 draw in their Top Eight Knockout quarter-finals only to lose out on penalty shoot-outs. Coach Robert Matano will be want an immediate response to bounce back as they try to consolidate their second position on the league table.

A win for the soldiers will see them needing only one more point to mathematically secure the league’s runner up position assuming the chasing pack also get their desired results.

Chemelil looked likely to go down to the lower league following a horrible start to the season, however, since Mike Mururi was shown the door,The team has become more competitive and if this continues they will move more step further away from the drop zone.

The two sides drew 0-0 in their first leg fixture.

SUNDAY

Thika United v Sony Sugar (Thika County Stadium, 3pm)

Sony has had in incredible second half of the season and they are a wary to any team that faces them at this moment who have lost just once to league champions Gor Mahia in their last eight matches.

Ever green Marwa Chamberi and Andrew Ssekayombya have been impressive for the sugar millers and will fancy themselves even at Thika’s county stadium. And Sony will be seeking revenge for their 1-0 loss to Thika at Awendo in their reverse fixture.

Thika has also improve under Irungu, collecting five points from three matches and in the process scored six goals. In fact, Irungu’s men have scored two goals each in all their past three matches and they will be looking to maintain that strike rate.
KCB v Ushuru (City Stadium, 3pm)

KCB are one point away from the relegation zone, and a loss in this match could see them slump into the feared drop zone.

It will have occurred to the bankers that this is the second season in a row they are desperately fighting to avoid relegation. They have managed only five wins in 26 games and will have their work cut out against an assured Ushuru side.

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