FIVE THINGS WE LEARNT FROM THE MIDWEEK RESULTS

Kariobangi Sharks rising

In the five games between May and June, Sharks lost all their five premier league games.

They had performed well until then but that run of games saw them drop from fourth to seventh in the league. They have put that run behind them and are now the most inform side in the league, winning four of their last five while scoring twelve goals, two more than top scorers Tusker in the same period.

They are now third after leapfrogging AFC Leopards and with six games to go, they can hope to attain more than the 52 points they got in the 2017 season when they also finished third.

KCB dream on

The current runners up are four points behind the league leaders but they have a game in hand.

The league now appears to be a two-horse race between them and Tusker as there is a seven-point gap between them and third placed Kariobangi Sharks.

They have the joint longest unbeaten run alongside Tusker, winning four and drawing three times.

They had to dig deep in the dying minutes to avoid losing in their last two games and they will hope for a Tusker slip up if they are to win their maiden league title.

Posta Ranger’s stalemates

Posta Rangers are a hard team to beat, having lost only twice in the thirteen games since the beginning of March.

The seven losses they have suffered all season mean they have lost the fourth least times in the league, fewer than Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards but they also have the third least wins in the league.

Their draw with Nzoia Sugar in their last game took their tally of draws to 13 and although they are thirteenth in the league, that one point they have been earning in the draws just might save them from relegation.

Relegation scrap fest

The league only has seven or six games (depending on the team) to go until it finishes.

There are four clubs which seem like they will be in the relegation battle and all of them were involved in the midweek games. With none of them not wanting to drop to the National Super league, none lost their games. Western Stima did themselves a big favor, beating AFC Leopards to create a four-point gap between themselves and sixteenth placed Vihiga.

Vihiga played out a barren draw with Nairobi City Stars, Nzoia Sugar drew with Posta Rangers and Mathare United earned an impressive point against current leaders Tusker.

Barron Oketch saving Stima

In the last six games, Western Stima have won four times, with two of those wins coming in their last six games. Ever since they lost to Tusker, they have played like a different team from the one that went ten games without a win earlier in the season.

They are now finding the net regularly, failing to score in only two games since the season was restarted. Instrumental in that run has been the form of winger Barron Oketch, who has been a constant threat down the left-hand side.

His direct play and decent dribbling as well as his goal threat have come to help Stima in the recent matches and if he continues with his good form, he might just be the one to save them from the jaws of relegation.

Post by Brian Kubasu

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