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Leopards and Mathare in monster clash

Six matches have been lined up this weekend in the second week of the Kenyan Premier league with three matches set to be broadcast live by SuperSport the world of champions.

Tusker and Gor Mahia fixtures have been pushed to Wednesday next week as they are both involved in continental fixtures both at home and away.SuperSport.com's Collins Okinyo gives his weekly prediction and summary of all the weekend matches .

Saturday 18th February:

Ulinzi Stars vs Karuturi Sports(Afraha Stadium Nakuru.Live on SuperSport 9East)

Ulinzi Stars are still smarting from shock the 2-1 loss to KCB last week this is despite bringing in a new technical director Yusuf Chippo. Facing Karuturi Sports, who shared the spoils with Sofapaka, will be a daunting task but Ulinzi are known to effectively utilise their home ground advantage at Afraha.

Last year's top marksman Stephen Waruru is determined to get his name in the score sheet but it will definitely not be a walk in the park as Karuturi are equally a stronger team under Micheal Nam.

Our Prediction: Ulinzi 2 Karuturi 1

City Stars vs Rangers(Hope Centre,Kawangware)

City Stars under coach Gideon Ochieng might have lost to Tusker but the team which survived relegation last season by a whisker gave a good account of themselves .Ugandan import Dan Sserunkuma is the man City Stars will be depending for his impressive skills and Levy Muaka as they face a Rangers side that fought to draw with Oserian .

Rangers will have to put their house in order but coach Ezekiel Akwana is a man that can spring any surprise with his immensely talented squad.

Our Predictions: Rangers 1 City Stars 1

Sunday 19th February:

Sofapaka vs KCB(Live at SuperSport 9EAST-Nyayo Stadium)

Sofapaka started their league campaign with a draw against Karuturi in the first game for new coach Salim Ali whereas KCB were in a roller coaster stunning favourites Ulinzi Stars with a 2-1 win despite having a young vulnerable team.

The encounter between the two sides is expected to be explosive as KCB will want to continue from where they left and Sofapaka will be looking to get their first win in the league.

Our Prediction:Sofapaka 1 KCB 1

Thika United vs Chemelil Sugar(Thika)

Thika United are still trying to get to terms with the loss to Gor Mahia after a comedy of errors .The pressure will remain relentless as they face a Chemelil Sugar side that held favourites AFC Leopards in the latters backyard .

Thika United's coach John Kamau will be looking to redeem the loss whereas his counter part Edward Manoah will be looking to get possibly all the three points.

Our Prediction:Thika United 1 Chemelil Sugar 1

Oserian vs Sony Sugar(Oserian)

Oserian almost caused an upset when they faced Rangers despite being out in the cold for several years .But facing a rejuvenated and motivated side like Sony Sugar will be a huge test for the Naivasha based side as Sony Sugar were in a goal avalanche against Mathare United as coach Zedekiah "Zico"Otieno started the league on a winning note.

Sony's young player Enock Agwanda is the man to watch as well as veteran Dennis "Wise"Okoth who were all on the mark against Mathare.

Our Prediction:Oserian 1 Sony Sugar 2

Mathare United vs AFC Leopards(Live on SuperSport 9EAST Nyayo Stadium)

This will be definately be the match of the weekend as both sides will be fighting tooth and nail to get a win.Mathare United under coach Gabriel "Kingi"Njoroge are under immense pressure having conceded 3 goal at Sony starting their league campaign on a losing note.

On the other hand AFC Leopards had a lacklustre performance against Chemelil despite being the team with the most expensively assembled side after the pre-season buys.However it will be an interesting match both sides will be fighting out to be on top of the other.

Mathare United will be looking up to to Francis Ouma who scored the lone goal against Sony to give them the head start as Leopards will be banking on Oscar Kadenge and Victor Ochieng for the goals.

Our Prediction:AFC Leopards 2 Mathare 1


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