A date for Kotoko in Dawu, daunting test for Hearts in Dormaa, Old foes reignite rivalry in Tarkwa: Gameweek 9 Preview

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The Premier League presents us with another set of fascinating fixtures. Hearts of Oak will travel to Dormaa to face Aduana Stars, Dreams FC welcome Asante Kotoko to Dawu, the Western region derby between Karela and Medeama also takes place in this game week.

We take a look at what to expect in all 9 fixtures:

KING FAISAL VS WAFA (SATURDAY)

After playing 8 games in the Premier League, King Faisal sit bottom of the league with 3 points. They’ve so far failed to win a game this season and have in the process conceded 19 goals, the most in the league. WAFA as well sit 7th on the league log, they’ve so far won 3 games, drawn 4 and lost just 1. The academy side are unbeaten away from home, they’ve picked 8 points and conceded just 1 once on the road. They’ve in the process kept 3 clean sheets in 4 games.

Stat of the match: King Faisal are the only side yet to win a game this season.

Venue: Baba Yara Sports Stadium, Kumasi.

Kickoff time: 3pm

Match OfficialsReferee: Mahama Ewuntonmah Assistants: Alhassan Abdulai and Mumuni Fuseini 4th Referee: Mohammed Misbaw Match Commissioner: Kwabena A. Sarpong

Prediction: 1-1

INTER ALLIES VS LEGON CITIES (SATURDAY)

Inter Allies in midweek recorded an impressive 3-0 victory in Techiman. The victory was their first win away from home this season, they in the process recorded their first clean sheet of the season. Scoring at home isn’t a problem for Inter Allies, they’ve scored a total of 9 goals at home, but have failed to keep the opposition shut in 4 attempts. They’ve conceded a total of 7 goals. Legon Cities in midweek picked their second maximum points of the season, a feat which will motivate them going into this encounter. Unlike Inter Allies, scoring goals has been a herculean task for Legon Cities, they’ve failed to score in 4 of the 8 games played this season. Legon Cities will come into this game without Ahmad Rahman and Sadick Sulley, both players are injured.

Stat of the match: Inter Allies and Legon Cities have met 8 times. Inter Allies have won 3 of those games, Legon Cities have won 4 and the other finished a draw.

Venue: Accra Sports Stadium

Kickoff time: 4pm

Match OfficialsReferee: Philip Arthur Forson Assistants: Seidu Dauda and Patrick Papala 4th Referee: Bashiru Dauda Match Commissioner: Kwasi A. Boateng

Prediction: 2-1

ADUANA STARS VS HEARTS OF OAK (SUNDAY)

The biggest game of this gameweek takes place in Dormaa, Aduana Stars will welcome Accra Hearts of Oak to the Nana Agyemang Badu Park. Aduana Stars in midweek suffered a shocking defeat in the hands of Ebusua Dwarfs. The Dormaa side have so far beaten any side they’ve faced at the Nana Agyemang Badu Park. They’ve scored a total of 9 goals and conceded just 1 at the ground this season. Aduana Stars haven’t lost a game in Dormaa since February 2014, a record the Phobians won’t be happy hearing of. Accra Hearts of Oak on Thursday evening failed to pick maximum points at home against Ashanti Gold. The Phobians created the best chances of the game, but failed to take any. Hearts of Oak have struggled in front of goal this season, they’ve so far scored just 6 goals in 8 games, which is only better than Eleven Wonders and Legon Cities. Hearts of Oak will hope to change that on Sunday. Benjamin Afutu will be available for selection after serving a 1 match ban in midweek.

Stat of the match: Aduana are unbeaten at home since February 2016.

Venue: Nana Agyemang Badu Park

Kickoff time: 3pm

Match OfficialsReferee: George M. Vormawah Assistants: Emmanuel Allou Tebson and Kofi Nyarko Bekae 4th Referee: Maxwell Owusu Match Commissioner: M.I Salisu

Prediction: 1-0

ASHANTI GOLD VS LIBERTY PROFESSIONALS (SUNDAY)

Ashanti Gold held Hearts of Oak to a stalemate on Thursday, a “satisfying result” as described by manager Kasim Gokyildiz. The miners are having a torrid time, they’ve managed to win just 1 of their last 5 games, they’ve in the process failed to score in 4 of those games. Ashanti Gold so far have the best defense in the league, they’ve so far conceded just 2 goals and kept 6 clean sheets. Liberty Professionals in midweek failed to pick maximum points at home, they lost 2-1 to Dreams FC. The Dansoman boys have struggled at home, but picking points away from home isn’t a problem for them. They are so far unbeaten on the road and have picked 8 points in 4 games. A record they’ll hope to continue on Sunday.

Stat of the match: Ashanti have failed to score in 4 of their last 5 league games.

Venue: Obuasi Len Clay Stadium

Kickoff tome: 3pm

Match Officials: Referee: Emmanuel Tampuri Assistants: Peter Dawsa and Sulemana Salau Deen 4th Referee: Eric Sefah Antwi Match Commissioner: G.K Tagbolo

Prediction: 1-1

BECHEM UNITED VS EBUSUA DWARFS (SUNDAY)

Bechem United will still be cursing their stars, they in midweek conceded a late goal against Medeama. The Bechem have been impressive so far this season, they’ve made the Nana Gyeabour park a fortress and have to picked maximum points at the ground this season. Ebusua Dwarfs in midweek pulled a great upset, they defied all odds to beat Yahya Mohammed’s Aduana Stars by 3-1, their second win of the season. Ebusua dwarfs will hope to continue that brilliant form on Sunday, but if they have to do that, then they need to shut youngster Prince Adu Kwabena down, the teen has so far scored 6 league goals, with 4 of those goals coming on home soil.

Stat of the match: Ebusua Dwarfs have lost 6 games this season, the most in the league.

Venue: Nana Gyeabour Park

Kickoff time: 3pm

Match OfficialsReferee: Doh Morrison Eso Assistants: Shine Ayitey and Cephas Barlow 4th Referee: Abdul- Hamid Sesay Match Commissioner: Stephen Kpen

Prediction: 1-0

DREAMS VS ASANTE KOTOKO (SUNDAY)

Dreams Fc will welcome another giant to the Theatre of Dreams, but they’ll this time round hope the results will go their favor. After losing consecutive games, Dreams bounced back to winning ways in midweek, they recorded a 2-1 victory against Liberty and climbed the table, they now sit in 6th position, just a point behind this weekend’s opponent Asante Kotoko. Kotoko are yet to hit top gear this season. The porcupine warriors have been inconsistent so far season, but they’ve so far been to pick results when it really mattered. Kotoko sit 5th on the league table, just 3 points behind league leaders Berekum Chelsea. The Porcupine Warriors will hope they can be the second team to pick maximum points at the Theatre of Dreams in the span of 7 days on Sunday.

Stat of the match: Kotoko and Dreams have met twice, both meetings ended in a 1-0 scoreline in favor of Kotoko.

Venue: Theatre of Dreams, Dawu.

Kickoff time: 3pm

Match OfficialsReferee: Obed K. Danquah Assistants: Emmanuel Dei and Isaac Odoom 4th Referee: Kenny Padi Match Commissioner: Annan Lomotey

Prediction: 1-1

ELMINA SHARKS VS BEREKUM CHELSEA (SUNDAY)

Elmina Sharks and Berekum Chelsea will face off at the Ndoum Sports Stadium on Sunday. Elmina Sharks have drawn 5 games this season, the most in the league. They’ve also failed to win at the Ndoum Sports Stadium this season, drawing all 4 of the games they’ve played at the venue this term. After picking their first defeat of the season last weekend in Bechem, Berekum Chelsea bounced back to winning ways in midweek, they defeated Karela United 1-0 to go back on top of the table. Berekum Chelsea have picked 9 points out of a possible 12 on the road this season, the most in the league.

Stat of the match: Elmina Sharks have drawn 5 games this season, the most in the league.

Venue: Ndoum Sports Stadium

Kickoff time: 3pm

Match OfficialsReferee: Selorm Kpormegbe Assistants: Ato Yawson and Kofi Andoh-Kyei 4th Referee: Charles Bulu Match Commissioner: G.T.S.K Inkum

Prediction: 0-0

GREAT OLYMPICS VS ELEVEN WONDERS (SUNDAY)

Accra Great Olympics will welcome Techiman Eleven Wonders to the Accra Sports Stadium. Olympics the last time were involved in a thriller against King Faisal, Olympics won the fixture by 4-3. A very good result away from home, but Olympics will be so much concerned about the circumstances in which they conceded their goals, Olympics conceded two goals even with a man advantage. Eleven Wonders in midweek were on the end of a 3-0 thrashing in the hands of Inter Allies. The Techiman side have an horrendous record away from home. They’ve managed to pick just 2 points on the road since joining the top flight league and have only picked just a point away from home this season. Eleven Wonders are the least scorers in the league with 4 goals.

Stat of the match: Eleven Eonders are the least scorers in the league with 4 goals.

Venue: Accra Sports Stadium

Kickoff time: 3pm

Match Officials: Referee: Musah Mubarik Assistants: Tijani Mohammed and Bawa Haruna 4th Referee: Abdul Latif Qadir Match Commissioner: Andrews Tamakloe

Prediction: 2-0

KARELA VS MEDEAMA (SUNDAY)

The first leg of the regional derby between Karela United and Medeama will take place on Sunday. Karela have so far amassed a total of 8 points in 8 games, whiles rivals Medeama have amassed 16 points in 8 games and sit 3rd on table, just 2 points behind leaders Berekum Chelsea. Karela haven’t been able to replicate their sensational form in the Normalization Special Competition, they’ve lost 4 of their 8 games this season. Medeama as well have done fairly okay this season, they’ve won 5 games, drawn 1 and lost 2. Although Medeama are playing away from home, they haven’t dropped points at the Akoon Park, they’ve won all 4 games at the ground, 3 of the 4 victories came against fellow title contenders Hearts of Oak Asante Kotoko and Ashanti Gold. Star man Prince Opoku Agyemang will be available for selection after serving a 1 match ban in midweek.

Stat of the match: Medeama haven’t dropped points at the Akoon Park this season, they’ve won all 4 games at the ground so far.

Venue: Akoon Park, Tarkwa

Kickoff time: 3pm

Match OfficialsReferee: Julian Nunoo Assistants: Jasper Adenyo and Frederick Danful 4th Referee: Akudzi Martins Match Commissioner: James Adjei

Prediction: 1-2

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