Nzoia United players celebrate scoring against champions Tusker FC
KPL Week Two Predictions
By Zachary Oguda | Fri 17 Mar, 2017 16:19
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Finally the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and it is another perfect opportunity for those who would like to add a few coins I'm their coffers to know how best to go about this.

After an entertaining opening of the 2017 season that came with some shockers, week Two promises to be an intriguing one more so with the conformation that Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka will be am on the the top flight participants.

So whats in store for our octopus ahead of week too ties? 

Posta Rangers vs Bandari FC

Both teams come into the encounter after identical 1-0 win in the opening day of the season. For Nkata to outwit his new compatriot at Posta in Sammy Omolo, he will hope to carry his impressive away form he had at Tusker last season this year and and hope that his strikers can find a way past the Rangers defence with Omolo expected to roll out a team that is well grinder defensively.

Verdict: Albeit being played in Thika, this is a home game for Rangers and a tie they will be all out to win. Nkata should expect a tough battle but with the likes of Agwanda at his disposal, this is a game that should end in a draw. Rangers 1-1 Bandari FC 

Nzoia Sugar FC v Mathare United

An opening day win against one of the best sides in the league has got Nzoia purring and considering this game will be at a ground where they lost only one game the entire last season, this is a tie they will fancy.

Verdict: Going by Mathare United’s first game of the season, they look vulnerable at the back and this is an area that Nzoia might exploit. Expect goals in this game but I fancy the KPL newbies to continue with their impressive debut. Nzoia Sugar FC 2-1 Mathare United

Chemelil Sugar FC v Kakamega Homeboyz

Under the tutelage of Coach Francis Baraza, Chemelil ensured teams had it rough at their complex and should coach Adalla Juma who has insisted that his main aim in his first season with the millers was to better the last season’s performances then he will have to make his matches count.

Verdict: Homeboyz comes into this game with the second best goal scorer in the league last season in Wycliffe Ochomno and he sees this as an opportunity to remind the people of the Muhoroni Sugar belt that they were wrong to let him go after representing Muhoroni Youth in 2016. They have not played any serious game of late with coach Mike Mururi seeming wrapping his plans ahead of the game but this is the home side’s game to lose. Chemelil FC 1-0 Kakamega Homeboyz

Gor Mahia vs Zoo Kericho

Some games can be a formality in the KPL and this is that type of game. One has to look at the type of players that both team’s possess and come out with a proper answer as to who will carry the day.

Verdict: Kisumu is the second home to Gor Mahia so expect the 12th man to be behind them. Kisumu too isn’t that far away from Zoo’s home and they should carry fans of their own to cheer them on; a clash of the 12th men this will be but the game has one winner written all over it. Gor Mahia 2-0 Zoo Kericho

Thika United vs Tusker FC

Both teams lost their opening games but Tusker comes to this game boosted with the arrival of some of its established players who had missed the first games due to injury. For Nandwa to outperform himself this season, he will need to start picking points early and at home, he has a few choices in deciding whether to go for the win or not.

Verdict: Thika United 1-3 Tusker FC

Nakumatt FC v AFC Leopards

It is a say among the KPL fans that Nakumatt has been a dumping site for AFC Leopards this coming after the shoppers took a number of the players the Leopard dropped in the January window and this might be a dangerous outing for the Stewart Hall side.

Verdict: The problem/advantage with players facing their former sides is that they will be out to prove a point and this is a game that might be tough for the Leopard but if you look at the coaches in the dugouts, Hall should find a way past his counterpart in the opposite dugout. Nakumatt FC 1-2 AFC Leopards

Muhoroni Youth vs Kariobangi Sharks

If you thought the Nakumatt-AFC Leopards game was going to be a cracker then you need to travel to Muhoroni this week to see the home side take on newbies Kariobangi Sharks in their first game of the season. Muhoroni feels their predicament in the top flight was politically instigated by the Football Kenya Federation lead by Mr Nick Mwendwa who is the owner of Sharks; the home side saying they had no option but to win the game.

Verdict: All said and done, it boils down to the most prepared team in the showpiece and that might belong to Sharks who are coming to this game on a back of a game against Gor Mahia. Muhoroni head coachMr James Omondi says he will be going for the win but this is another tie that might end in a draw. Verdict Muhoroni youth 1-1 Kariobangi Sharks

Sony Sugar v Sofapaka FC

Sony Sugar lost at home against Chemelil FC in the first game of the season but faces a Sofapaka side who have promised that they wont have the same predicaments that befell them last season.

Verdict: Apart from Muhoroni, Sofapaka is the other team that were locked out of the KPL only to be reinstated by the Sports Tribunal. They seem motivated and have made some interesting signings ahead of the new season. Can they topple Sony Sugar? Why not. Against a team that is still trying to blend, this is a game that they should not come out empty handed but a draw would be a fair result. Sopakaka FC FC 0-0 Sony Sugar FC

 

Zachary Oguda

Twitter: @zaxoguda

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