Bottom placed Thika United will have another chance to end a seven year winless run against 15 time Kenya Premier League champions Gor Mahia FC as they face off on Sunday afternoon at Nyayo Stadiun.
Head to head
Even Since picking six points from Gor Mahia FC in 2009 season, Thika has failed to beat Kogalo in the last 14 attempts. Those 14 have seen Gor Mahia pick 10 wins while four matches have been draws.
29 goals have been witnessed in this tie and Gor Mahia hold the highest tally of 21 goals while Thika United has scored just eight times. In the last four meetings between this two, Kogalo has managed to score two goals in each tie.
Last season Gor Mahia won the first leg 2-1 with Jacques Tuyisenge bagging a brace before repeating the same in the second leg for another 2-1 win.
Last five meetings
Thika United 1-2 Gor Mahia
Gor Mahia 2-1 Thika United
Gor Mahia 2-0 Thika United
Thika United 0-2 Gor Mahia
Gor Mahia 1-1 Thika United
Ze Maria charges have picked three wins in a row ever since falling to Mathare United on matchday eight. The three wins adds their tally of wins this season to eight (most wins in 2017 in KPL) as they had managed five in the first seven matches. The side has suffered two losses and picked just one draw this season.
Only Ulinzi Stars has scored more goals in the league than the 2015 Champions who have 16 so far. Their defence that had let in six goals in the opening eight games has managed a clean-sheet in the last three matches. (They need four more clean-sheets to beat last season record of six games in a row without conceding).
In their own backyard this season, Gor Mahia has collected 10 points winning three, drawing one and losing the other match. They have a low scoring record in their home matches with the last five home matches producing just four goals.
Thika under former AFC Leopards coach Nicholas Muyoti are sitting in the relegation Zone for another season. They have won twice this season, drawn twice and lost seven. Muyoti who has tasted deafeat and a draw since taking over few weeks ago will be seeking to upset Gor Mahia and pick his first win in KPL.
Despite being last on the standings they are among the teams with more goals this season. They have scored 10 goals, only four teams have scored more than them in the league this season.
Their defence maybe the let down this season as it has soaked a maximum of 16 goals in just 11 matches. Thika holds the worst record on the road this season as they have lost all the five matches played away from home. They have let in 10 goals and scored just three while playing away from home.