Despite the CAF assignments that will be involving AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia, the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) has lined up a series of games to take place over the weekend in what will be in week two of action in the 2018 season.
Both the league giants will however hold their week two clashes in the midweek and as so, they are included in the prediction roster too with our octopus, for the second week running dissecting the results that are expected in different fields across the nation.
Bandari FC vs Chemelil Sugar FC
Both teams won on their first games of the season and would be keen to build on that momentum heading into week two. Considering Chemelil FC have not lost a game against Bandari in the past five encounters, this promises to be a close call but Mbaraki is not any –place you go and pick points. In recent seasons, Bandari has always started the season on an upward trajectory but going by the record with Chemelil having won the reverse fixture, a draw-Bandari should carry the day.
Verdict: Bandari FC 2-1 Chemelil Sugar FC
Kakamega Homeboyz vs Sofapaka
Kakamega Homeboyz are in business; real business and you only just have to look at their squad to see how serious they are this season. Going to Thika United in week one and collecting maximum points only points out to a team who will be out this season to at least spoil the tile party for the so called big teams and big teams doesn’t come any bigger than Sofapaka in this KPL era. A statement of intent should be sent to the rest of KPL teams this week at the Mumias Complex.
Verdict: Kakamega Homeboyz 1-0 Sofapaka FC
Nakumatt vs Thika United
After losing their opening games of the season and have struggled to find a proper footing last season, this is a game that both teams will be looking to win in order to give them a launching pad heading into the season. Nakumatt could be excused for losing last week against Gor Mahia considering the opponent on show but one wonders if they are ready for the season after making late signings in the just wrapped January window. They have the caliber of payers though to offer a challenge.
Verdict: Nakumatt FC 1-1 Thika United FC
Kariobangi Sharks vs Vihiga United
Sharks impressive outing at the Kenyatta Stadium Machakos was second to none and having had a 2018 opening day win to savor against a team that tends to play the same way as their week one opponents Nzoia Sugar FC, this is a tie they enter as clear favorites. Mike Isabwa after having a cold season at Sharks last season might want to prove a point or two to his former employers but he just can’t do it alone.
Verdict: Kariobangi Sharks 2-0 Vihiga United
Mathare United vs Nzoia Sugar FC
In what was their major undoing in the 2017 season, Mathare United had tasked youngsters to shoulder their league burden but they have since rectified that by roping in a few experience this season and experience doesn’t come any better than Clifford Alwanga who chipped in with a brace in their opening day win over Vihiga United. This added to the fact that Nzoia are yet to score a goal against them in their last three meetings, this is a tie they will fancy
Verdict: Mathare United 2-1 Nzoia Sugar FC
Sony Sugar FC vs Ulinzi Stars
Many had thought that Ulinzi were not prepared for the season after a silent preseason preps but you just had to watch hem against Ulinzi to know that they will be giving a good show. They might not be at their 100% best but the mixture of youths and veterans is something that might go a long way. In Timothy Odhiambo, they have a goalkeeper who will be back to his former stomping ground but must be wary of a Sony side who are still reeling from losing to a newbie on their first game. Awendo is no joke for teams, but Ulinzi should pick something from their trip.
Verdict: Sony Sugar FC 1-1 Ulinzi Stars
Tusker FC vs Posta Rangers
Danson Kago who scored in his debut against Rangers refused to be dragged in the debate where it is claimed that he had been overhead saying he will give his all in this tie after leaving Tusker for Rangers in January this year. Kago will be joined by Misiko and coach Pamzo who had stints with Tusker previously and as usual there is nothing that motivates any player than meeting their former employers. As things stand, Tusker might still miss some of their players through injuries and after going down to Chemelil on the opening day, they enter this game low in confidence. It will be a close call and an early goal by Rangers might do the trick.
Verdict: Tusker FC 0-1 Posta Rangers FC
Zoo Kericho v Gor Mahia
The Kericho Stadium can be an intimidating ground for any team in the division; but that doesn’t mean they can just stroll against well-organized teams like Gor Mahia. In the KPL, winning a game entails more than just playing sexy football and as exhibited in their game against Ulinzi Stars where they shipped four goals despite dominating play, Zoo has no option but to take the chances that will come their way against the Dylan Kerr because they will be few. Miracles do happen in football, but against Gor, Zoo will have to shelve the miracle narrative for just another day.
Verdict: Zoo Kericho 0-3 Gor Mahia
AFC Leopards v Wazito FC
Another rescheduled week two match see AFC Leopards take on league newbies Wazito FC at the Kenyatta Stadium Machakos on WEDNESDAY 15 February and after their opening day draw, a win here will ensure they are not left far much behind this early in the season. As shown in week one, their foreign legion gave a good show but should be aware of a Wazito team who have a few players who have been against Leopards before. But going by the results between these sides in the last time they met, coach Robert Matano should be already planning for week three of league action.
Verdict: AFC Leopards 2-0 Wazito FC