New Stars of Douala

 

The town of friendship would not be all that friendly, come Sunday, March 31, 2019 when Union of Douala welcomes New stars of Douala in a perfectly set derby, that goes far beyond winning_bragging rights is at stake.

Game Stakes
For Union it is all about trying to take back her lead in group A that now seems like it happened decades ago, while New stars of Douala continue with their erratic season, fighting to get to the playoffs places. USD have the chance of turning 14 points into 17 and moving straight to the top while hoping Coton drops maximum points, and for New stars of Douala it is all about not loosing grip of the top two with a huge margin. A win for them would see the side moving above Colombe of the Dja back to the 4 position as they are currently in 6 place.

Recent Form

Union have been the better side in their last 5 outings, reminiscent to this is the group A standings. USD lost their last one against TKC, but before that put up a run a 2 solid wins against Apejes and Coton sport, here is her record in the past 5

Avion 1-0 Union
Union 0-0 Dragon
Apejes 0-1 Union
Union 1-0 Coton sport
Union 1-2 TKC

New stars have been on the receiving end of some aching results, and silly mistakes have cost them a whole lot. Going into this one they are winless in 3 but have 2 wins in 5

New stars 1-0 Coton

New stars 2-1 TKC

Apejes 2-0 New stars

New stars 2-2 Avion

Colombe 0-0 New stars

Last time out

These two played to a parity all tie in an emotional rollercoaster game in match day 2, that saw Union take the lead and at the tail end New stars equalized to share the spoils, Boudega scored the opener only to have his efforts cancelled by a Kamile strike.

Past Encounters

USD and New stars are not the most bitter of rivalries in the nation, but the few times they have met (9) there has always been fireworks. New stars have the edge in this one though, with 3 wins as opposed to USD’s 1

2015, USD 0-1 New stars
2015, New stars 1-1 USD

2016, Union 1-1 New stars
2016, New stars 1-1 USD

2017, New stars 1-1 USD
2017, USD 0-1 New stars

2018, USD 2-1 New stars
2018, New stars 1-0 USD

2019, New stars 1-1 USD

The encounter hasn’t brought forth many goals.The possibility of a draw is 70 percent as per the previous stats, while New stars are favourite to win this one according to the last 9 games.

Players to watch

Two very experienced and possibly the best left footers we have in the division would be on show, Samuel Nlend the captain of USD and Lane Lakem the captain of New stars. These two have never failed to put on a shift, and they are almost very reliable when called upon.

GIOVANNI WANNEH.