Club football is enjoying a break this week with the Premier League and other major competitions across Europe giving way to qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. We are in full swing preparing for next summer’s football festival, which will see the qualifying groups from Europe, Asia and Africa take shape. There are plenty of games to look forward to on Thursday and that’s good news for armchair fans.
In this article, our team of football writers give a sneak peek at a World Cup qualifier from Africa as Kenya takes on Uganda. This match may not be the most notable match of the week, but it jumped off the page with our team as one to watch. Kenya enjoys home advantage and many respected pundits have picked them to win the draw, but the stats do not promote much confidence in the locals.
The mutual statistics show that Kenya has never defeated Uganda in eight previous attempts. Uganda has won one victory and the other seven matches have ended in a draw. That’s an amazing statistic. Will we see a different level finish and the points shared by these teams? Read on as we preview the match shown on live television and live streaming services, then make our predictions on what the outcome could look like.
Run of draws with two goals
Kenya and Uganda are so evenly matched that one team has struggled lately to gain any advantage over the other. This is evidenced by the fact that each of the last two matches has resulted in a 1-1 draw, with Kenya playing host each time. The first in that double was a friendly in March 2017 when Kenya took an early lead thanks to a goal from Michael Olunga. That gave his team the advantage, but despite creating chances to finish them off, Kenya could find no way and was hit late with a Moses Waiswa equalizing goal in the 87th minute.
The most recent clash was a friendly match in September 2019, when Kenya and Uganda played another closely matched match that resulted in a 1-1 draw. This time it was Uganda that broke the deadlock midway through the first half by scoring via Emanuel Okwi. Again, the leaders should have gone on to win the match, but they clouded their lines and were eventually punished by a Kenyan side that failed to give up. Kenneth Muguna was on target in the 51st minute to take the draw for his compatriots.
Will we see another draw in this match? The statistics make it possible because we find a pattern when we go back through the results. Each of the last three matches have been draws with the reserve scoring a goalless result in a friendly in 2016 when Uganda was the home side. Kenya will do everything they can to do it again and win the match, as a draw won’t make their chances of reaching the World Cup too great. Fans hope the home advantage can make all the difference in this game.
Uganda has won
Only one match involving these African countries produced a winning team and it was Uganda that took the win. That result came in December 2012 in a friendly match that Uganda won 2-1 after an exciting 90 minutes of play. These teams may not be world champions with little hope of getting to the World Cup, but they are good enough to serve up a classic game. Armchair fans will hope this match follows that pattern and gives us something worth watching, with both teams giving their all. Three World Cup qualifier points will be the driving force for both sets of players.
Uganda was involved in an exciting international friendly against South Africa in June this year, but lost that match 3-2. Uganda took the lead in the 17th minute thanks to an opening goal by Ibrahim Orit, but were unable to defend their advantage. The South Africans fired back and took a 3-1 lead before Lumala Abdu scored a consolation goal in the 89th minute. It was a strong start and a good ending for Uganda, but their defense that day disappointed them.
That game might have resulted in a loss, but it gave the Ugandan coaching staff enough to work with and would have encouraged the players in preparing for this game. South Africa is arguably a better team than Kenya, and they scored twice against them. If they can manage the defense and keep things tight in the back, avoiding casual errors, the away team has a good chance of winning this game.
Kenya v Uganda forecast
It’s hard to see beyond the stats associated with this match that suggest we could get another draw. It’s likely to be an exciting match regardless of the final outcome, and the fact that both sets of players are confident in their ability to get the three points means it should be a fun watch for recliner fans who choose to tune in to the live coverage .
Both sides are capable of scoring goals, but both defenses have question marks, which makes it even more exciting. If there is to be a winner in this match, it will be the nation that defends better and handles set pieces around the penalty area. Discipline is the key to victory here, and both coaches will do everything they can to make sure their teams understand that before kick-off.
Chances of winning World Cup qualifiers
The 22bet pre-match bets available for this match in Kenya are priced at 3,116 for the home win. Uganda trades at 2.52 to collect all three points or, if you fancy the draw, you can level up at 2.85.
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