The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) proved to be a tough stage for the newbies in the opening games but some have upped their antenna and are slowly mixing it with the big boys. Nzoia Sugar who had a sterling start has find the going tough of late with Kariobangi Sharks winning their last two games.
Zoo Kericho is the only team yet to pick a point but all eyes will be on the tie between Gor Mahia and Tusker FC in what proves to be a tricky week to teams up the table.
Chemelil FC v Bandari FC
Home games will be of a massive importance for coach Abdalla Juma if they are to keep the leading pack on toes. Prior to the Bandari game, Juma admitted they had o tighten their defence and hope his strikers can get the goals if they are to topple the Dockers and with Bandari scoring at will in recent games, one understands why he has to keep his visitors at bay.
Verdict: Chemelil FC 3-1 Bandari FC
Muhoroni Youth v Sony Sugar
Muhoroni Youth is still to score from open play with their only goal of the season coming on their opening day against Kariobangi Sharks via a penalty spot. The team has lost all their away matches with their other point coming against Mathare United at home. A test against a Sony Sugar side that gave Gor Mahia a run for their money last week won't be an easy test but with the impressive home record they have exhibited in the previous seasons, this is a game they should see through
Verdict: Muhoroni Youth 1-0 Sony Sugar FC
Nakumatt FC v Western Stima
Nakumatt and Western Stima have started the league in a slow fashion and both teams will be out to use this fixture as a springboard heading into their next games. Nakumatt lost their last game against newbies Kariobangi Sharks, a game many thought they should have seen through. Stima on the other hand are yet to win a game after their week two win over Gor Mahia and Henry Omino will be heading into this match hoping it can reignite their campaign.
Verdict: Nakumatt FC 1-1 Western Stima
Sofapaka FC v Kakamega Homeboyz
Without any doubts, Sofapaka is on an upward trajectory and with coach of Sam Ssimbwa caliber, they seem not to be relenting soon. They are only two points below league leaders Gor Mahia and comes against a Homeboyz side who surrendered a 1-0 lead last week to end with a 2-1 loss at the hands of Nzoia Sugar. Mururi, the Homeboyz coach has insisted that they need proper midfielders to mount a challenge and with Sofapaka having been one of the teams to have been scoring regularly, it might be a long afternoon for Mururi and his boys.
Verdict: Sofapaka 2-1 Homeboyz
Nzoia Sugar FC v Zoo Kericho
Nzoia Sugar will be back at their Sudi backyard but will hope to banish the ghosts of their last encounter there where they lost to fellow newbies Kariobangi Sharks. They come against a Zoo side who are the only team yet to pick a point this season in another battle of the newbies. Nzoia are the only team from the second division mixing it with the big boys and are currently placed eighth on the log. A win here should see them in the top five.
Verdict: Nzoia Sugar FC 2-0 Zoo Kericho
Posta Rangers v Kariobangi Sharks
Rangers have conceded the least goals in the division this season; their opponents getting past keeper Patrick Matasi only once. They are yet to lose a game this season and comes into this tie on a back of a two game winning streak. Sharks aren't doing badly either and with two wins against Nakumatt FC and Zoo Kericho in their last two games, they will be arriving in this tie with confidence. However the Rangers experience should carry the day.
Verdict: Posta Rangers 1-0 Kariobangi Sharks
Gor Mahia v Tusker FC
Game of the week. Gor Mahia still have the feeling that Tusker didn't deserve the 2016 title and this is a perfect opportunity to send them further down the table. Tusker under George Nsimbe has had not the perfect of starts this season and a tie against Gor Mahia should have been the last of opposition at this time of the year. A Gor Mahia win is a likely scenario.
Verdict: Gor Mahia 2-0 Tusker FC
Thika United v AFC Leopards
Thia United have won two games and lost three but the good thing is all their wins have come at home where they floored Tusker FC and Zoo Kericho. If they are to better their last season's performances, home games will count for James Nandwa. AFC Leopards will be welcoming back striker Paul Kiongera and a number of players who missed the Muhoroni tie but must be aware of this Thika United side who tends to give their all against the 'big teams'
Verdict: Thika United 1-1 AFC Leopards
Ulinzi Stars v Mathare United
Mathare United will have to do without the services of head coach Francis Kimanzi for a period of a month. Going by by the way imanzi has approached away games before, this is another tie where his defence will have to be the tightest. They have won only one match, their opening day clash against Thika United and a loss here will throw them further down the table. Ulinzi Stars have a strong squad and the return of Stephen Waruru has given them a new dimension in attack. Ulinzi isnt a team that scores many goals too and this might be just another draw.
Verdict: Ulinzi Stars 0-0 Mathare United