Stats bare it all on the favourites and Losers in KPL

Oct 22, 2012
  • Rangers Geoffrey Kataka races for the ball against Sofapaka Joe Nyagah during Sunday's KPL match.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

With four round of matches remaining in the Kenyan Premier League, statistics say it all on which teams stand the best chance of winning the league and those staring at relegation.

There are remaining only three matches and with no team enjoying the advantage of a match at hand over the other, league toppers will be out to prove that they are there by merit and deserve to walk away with the grand prize while tail-holders will be out to send a clear signal that they are not yet out even though they are down.

For title chasers, there is continental assignments in mind come next season thus adding on to their motivation and push to be crowned champions. Tusker currently sits at the top of the table with 54 points two more than Gor Mahia and three over AFC Leopards.

Rangers are bottom with 20 points, followed by Oserian with 21 while Muhoroni Youth is third from bottom with 26. Also dangling around the relegation zone is Nairobi City Stars with 27 points who cheated the drop by a whisker last season.

Tusker boasts of best rating

Defending champions Tusker FC enjoy the best rating among the sixteen teams having lost only three matches which is the least by any other team.

They lost to Western Stima, Mathare United and Sofapaka all by a 1-0 margin. The club also shares the highest number of victories with fellow title chasers Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards at 15 each.

Still on Tusker, they have conceded the least number of goals at 13 which obviously means they have the best defence in the league.

To add on to that, they have the highest goal difference of 20 which will come in handy if at all the league has to be decided on that front since their closest rivals Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards have 14 and 15 respectively.

AFC Leopards on their side boast of the highest number of goals scored at 38 whereas Tusker and Gor Mahia have 34 and 31 respectively.

Muhoroni has lost 15 games

Muhoroni who joined the league this season alongside Oserian have recorded the highest number of losses so far having lost 15 matches while Rangers has conceded 48 goals the highest by any single team.

The James Nandwa side at the same time enjoys the worst goal difference of negative 29 and has also recorded the least number of victories after winning only three since the season started.

Their comrades in relegation battle, Oserian, has scored the least number of goals with only 11 and this is something that must be giving head coach Sammy Omollo a headache as that is what they need most at this crucial point of the season.

Nairobi City Stars is also not safe from the chop as it lies within the relegation zone but with a mathematical chance.

The statistcis aside, the league is far from over as tough matches await the teams under spotlight in the next few weeks.

Tusker will have to be contented with playing on-form Gor Mahia next weekend and with the game slated for City Stadium then anything can happen.

Head coach Zdravko Logarusic has been on record as saying K'Ogalo enjoys playing at the artificial turf thus preferring City Stadium as their home ground.

Gor Mahia/Tusker

Already, the club has turned down any offer to have the match shifted to Nyayo National Stadium over broadcast issues.

Gor Mahia on their part cannot depend on the pitch to win the match for them thus they will underrate Tusker at their own peril.

Leopards having passed a huge test after beating Ulinzi Stars over the weekend still have a resurgent Mathare United standing on their way to the elusive glory. Considering the form being enjoyed by the slum boys, it will surely give Jan Koops and his troops something to think about.

On the other end of the table, Oserian will be hosting AFC Leopards next weekend in Naivasha and the fact that both teams are fighting for something then a lot will be at stake in the match.

That is a big and crucial match for the flower men coming against the backdrop of their latest loss to Mathare United.

On the last day of the league, they will be battling fellow strugglers Rangers a game that might carry all the significance for the two teams' fate.

Muhoroni Youth have Gor Mahia on the sideline waiting for their date and this is seemingly their only tough match of the remaining three.

However, it might not be too gloomy for them if at all they carry on the same form they exhibited during the FKF Cup semi final post-match penalties loss to the 'green army'.

In the match, Muhoroni managed to hold off K'Ogalo for the entire period of play in their backyard and were unlucky to lose by penalties.

As the saying goes 'the consequences of today are determined by the actions of the past' Now is when the teams begin to rue matches they lost but could have won easily.

 

 

 Francis Marangu

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