Kenyan Premier League leaders Tusker FC will momentarily shift their attention from the fierce title race to host Posta Rangers in the last quarterfinal of the GOtv Shield Cup today (Wed. 28) at the Thika Stadium.
The winner of the 3pm kickoff will join fellow KPL side Ulinzi Stars and National Super League duo Kariobangi Sharks and KCB in the semis and while the topflight clubs will be favorites to triumph, Cup competitions always favor the underdogs.
On paper, very little separates the two sides despite Tusker leading the log and Posta only sixth. The two sides already met in the league this season with both winning their home matches 1-0.
In for a double
The Brewers last won this competition in 1993 and will be hoping to not only end that long drought but also give themselves a chance for a season double should they win the league as well. They will approach this match with a lot of optimism as, given the twists and turns of the league campaign, this could be their sure shot at a silverware.
They face a Posta side who have had a successful cup run in the past seasons, culminating in a 2014 final appearance which they lost to Sofapaka. Both teams were ousted of the competition by NSL leaders Nzoia United last season, Sofapaka in the second round and Tusker in the third.
Tusker go into the match at the back of a 2-1 win over Muhoroni Youth in the league while Posta drew 0-0 with Mathare. Given the stage of the competition, both teams will field the strongest side available.
A HT/FT draw seems good value for money with both sides scoring and sending the match to penalties which Posta should win. Expect goals to be thin though with an Under 2.5 1000% likely.
Tusker – L W D W D W
Posta – W D W D D
Tusker have won 4 to Posta’s 2 in their previous 8 league meetings with the remaining 2 matches drawn.
Last Meeting (July 2016): Tusker 1-0 Posta Rangers
Correct Score Prediction: 1-1 at FT
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