Gor Mahia will be coming up against Bandari FC in week Five of KPL action
KPL Week 5 Predictions
By Zachary Oguda | Fri 02 Mar, 2018 19:38
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Five out of Nine in week Three was followed by a right prediction of Six out of Nine matches played in week Four in what is turning out to be an unpredictable and tough Kenyan Premier League (KPL).

In week Five, with Gor Mahia having a CAF assignment in midweek, they will have to rotate their squad heading into the game against Bandari but that doesn't mean they will be out for a loss more so with Mathare United breathing on their neck. But what are the other games in store. 

On Saturday 2 March

Chemelil Sugar FC v Zoo Kericho

home matches for Chemelil are going to count and teams gracing their Complex backyard are all aware of this. After some solid start, the Patrick Odhiambo coached side  faltered las week against Rangers and are keen to cover the lost ground against a Zoo side who are yet to pick any point away from home. They however must be aware that Zoo, in their debut season last year picked four points from the sugarmillers with the reverse fixture ending in a 1-1 stalemate. Records apart, their unity this season should see them pick entire points at home. 

Verdict: Chemelil Sugar FC 2-1 Zoo Kericho

Sofapaka FC v Posta Rangers FC

In their respective bid to save face, Rangers and Sofapaka would not want to lose this game as many see them as among teams that has been billed as 'title contenders'. Rangers main undoing has been in the lack of goals with the team having only shipped one goal but Sammy Omolo will be hoping he can get one over Sam Simbwa whom he allegedly boxed last season after the Ugandan celebrated a late goal when both sides met last year at the same Kenyatta Stadium-Machakos Grounds. A close call this will be. 

Verdict: Sofapaka 1-1 Posta Rangers

Vihiga United v Nakumatt FC

Vihiga United despite playing well this season has found the going tough but a atie against Nakumatt FC who are still blowing hot and cold should be fancied by the Edward Manoah coached side. The bad news is the last time the shoppers visited the Western part for the country they went back to Nairobi with the entire three points but Vihiga should have watched them and should be ready to collect their first three points of the season.

Veridict: Vihiga United 1-0 Nakumatt FC

Nzoia Sugar FC v K. K Homeboyz

For some reasons, Nzoia Sugar are yet to pick a point this season (the only team in the division not to do so) despite playing some beautiful game as exhibited in their last week slim loss at the hands of Tusker FC. Bernard Mwalala just as anyone knows well that time is running out and will have to hit the ground running. Coming against a Homeboyz side who too have a coaching crisis might be a music to the ear but it can be too a disaster as players who will be tasked with representing the team could be doing all they can to save their positions in the team but coming into a game when your mentality isn't right might be costly.

Verdict: Nzoia Sugar FC 1-1 K.K Homeboyz

Gor Mahia v Bandari FC

Many have said Gor Mahia will struggle to topple Bandari more so with their one eye cast in their midweek assignment against Tunisia's Esperance but the game against Tusker, which they could have won easily were their strikers be ruthless, pointed out to the type of squad depth they posses. They are expected to field fresh players in their bid to keep others fresh ahead of their midweek tie but the players paraded should be able to breach the Bandari defence for the first time this season

Verdict: Gor Mahia 2-1 Bandari FC

Thika United v Mathare United 

Mathare United are in a good run and it is no secret that they are going into this game as clear favorites; miracles in football do happen though. Yet to pick a win and coming into this game on a back of a loss at the hands of Zoo Kericho, its evident that the Nicholas Muyoti coached charges are riding low on confidence. They should give a good challenge though just as they did against the slum boys in the first game of the 2017 season but lost eventually. 

Verdict: Thika United 1-2 Mathare United 

Sony Sugar FC v AFC Leopards

AFC leopards problems are not ending soon. Straight from being eliminated from the CAF Confederations Cup, the team rallied to record a win against Ulinzi Stars but will be heading to Awendo without coach Matano who has been asked by the club bosses to step aside. No one knows which team will show up against Sony but they have the layers to do the work; the only problem being if the players are in the right state of mind to offer a challenge in an intimidating ground like Awendo.

Verdict: Sony Sugar 1-0 AFC Leopards

Wazito FC v Kariobangi Sharks FC

Many had predicted Wazito to struggle with the demands of KPL in their debut campaign but toppling Sony, holding Homeboyz and losing narrowly to Bandari away from home tells a story of a team who are in business. Sharks despite playing some attractive football have not recorded the results they had hoped for and are now on a three game winless streak but the Toyoyo pitch should give them the much needed platform to play their attractive pass football. Wazito record on the ground though is an impressive one and this promises to be a tightly contested tie.

Verdict: Wazito FC 1-1 Kariobangi Sharks FC

Ulinzi Stars v Tusker FC

Another tough duel this week will be staged at the Nakuru's Afraha Stadium. Both teams have not had the start to they had hoped for but Tusker slow progress points to a slow but steady growth and will be looking to build on their midweek goalless draw against Gor Mahia. A win here will go a long way but Ulinzi Stars too are out to repair their shaky start to the season more so after losing two of their last three games. 

Verdict: Ulinzi Stars 1-1 Tusker FC

Zachary Oguda

Twitter: @zaxoguda

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