In his first assignment as Vipers coach, Brazilian Robertinho Oliviera led his team to a 2-0 victory over Police in the Stanbic Uganda Cup, and he will do so again in the league. As the Venoms look to get off to a winning start, Oliviera will face another police test.
The Venoms enter the Cops as clear favourites following their cup performance. But they will face a different team than the one they defeated in the semi-finals last month.
Police had only trained for four days at the time, and the difference in fitness levels was evident on the day.
However, after more than a month of training and a couple of squad additions. Police will pose questions in what promises to be an exciting encounter.
Ceaser Mazonki will be the main man for the visitors, who will be without Yunus Sentamu due to injury after missing the last few training sessions.
Aside from that, the four-time champions have Bright Anukani, Milton Karisa, Ibrahim Orit, Paul Mucureezi, and Bobosi Byaruhanga. All of whom can win a match on any given day.
Johnson Odong, Brian Mululi, Tonny Mawejje, Yusuf Ssozi, and former Venom Duncan Sseninde will be the main threats that Vipers must deal with if they are to leave Lugogo with all points.
Since losing 2-1 to the Cops in Namboole in 2017, the Vipers have won all of their previous meetings with them.