Premier League Preview: Gameweek 2

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After an enthralling pack of action in gameweek 1, the Premier league is here again with another pack of football matches. The games this weekend promise to be more exciting, with the first match of the gameweek taking place on Friday evening at the Accra Sports Stadium, 3 of the 9 games this weekend will be played at the Accra Sports Stadium. We take a look at all 9 fixtures:

LEGON CITIES FC VS ASANTE KOTOKO

Premier league football comes in early this weekend, Kumasi Asante Kotoko travel to Accra to face the rebranded Wa All Stars, Legon cities Fc. The game will take place at the Accra Sports Stadium on Friday at 6pm. Can the Royals hurt the Porcupines? Legon Cities Fc come into this game after dropping 2 points away to Liberty Professionals. The rebranded side was 2 up and cruising to victory, but then slumped and then conceded 2 goals in the last 12 minutes of the game. Kotoko come into this game at the back of a one nil victory at home against Techiman Eleven wonders. The Porcupine warriors will come into this game brimming with confidence after club captain Felix Annan signed a new contract. The Royals will also take motivation from the signing of erstwhile Black Stars number 1 Fatawu Dauda and will hope he keeps the Porcupine warriors at bay on Friday night. A clash between an erstwhile Black Stars goalkeeper and a current Black Stars goalkeeper, that indeed will be intriguing to watch. Legon Cities and Greek striker Panagiotis Papadopoulos has been declared fit for the game, the striker was subbed off after 60 minutes last weekend after picking a knock and being unable to continue. There has been a lot of media activity ahead of the cruncher, Star striker for Legon Cities Fc Sadick Sule has vowed to hurt the Porcupine warriors. Dancehall artiste Shatta Wale has been billed by management of Legon Cities Fc to perform before kick off.

Stat of the match: Kotoko has won 4 of the last 6 games between the 2 sides, with Legon Cities Fc winning the other 2.

Venue: Accra Sports Stadium

Kickoff time: 6pm

Match Officials: Referee: Clement K. Nkuah. Assistants: Papala Patrick and Alex Osam. 4th Official: Abdulai Ibrahim. Match Commissioner: Felix Adjetey.

Match Prediction: 1-1

INTER ALLIES VS BECHEM UNITED

On Saturday, Inter Allies will welcome Bechem United for the second of three games to be played at the Accra Sports Stadium this weekend. Inter Allies will hope they bounce back from their 4 nil trashing in the first gameweek in the hands of Aduana Stars in Dormaa. Bechem United will also hope they can inflict more misery on Inter Allies after beating Elmina Sharks in the first game week by 2 goals to nil. Inter Allies have found joy in this fixture at home.

Stat of the match: Inter Allies has won 4 of the last 5 home league games against Bechem United by an aggregate scoreline of 11-0. The only game between the two sides that didn’t end in an Inter Allies win ended 0-0. The most recent game between the two sides ended 3-0. Bechem United will hope they can end this voodoo.

Venue: Accra Sports Stadium

Kickoff time: 3pm

Match Officials: Referee: Jones Akubiem. Assistants: Kofi Kyei Andoh and Frederick Danful. 4th Official: Bismark Appiah. Match Commissioner: Samuel Acheampong.

Match Prediction: 2-1

MEDEAMA VS HEARTS OF OAK

Accra Hearts of Oak on Tuesday became the first club to sack their manager this season, manager Kim Grant was axed by the club after a string of poor results and performances. Assistant manager Edward Nii Odoom will take charge of the team when they travel to Tarkwa to face Medeama at the Akoon Park. The Phobians will hope to improve on their abysmal performance at home last week to Berekum Chelsea, whiles Medeama will hope to make it 2 wins out of 2 after beating struggling Ebusua Dwarfs by 3-1 away from home. Medeama are a very impressive side at home, they won all 7 league games played at the Tarkwa Park in the 2017/2018 season, but they’ll this time round be playing at the Akoon Park, can Medeama still continue their impressive home form even away from the Tarkwa Park? Medeama will have Michael Yeboah, Kwasi Donsu and Ibrahim Yaro available for this fixture.

Stat of the match: The Phobians have failed to win in any of their last 4 outings against Medeama, they’ve drawn 2 and lost 2. All 4 games has produced less than 3 goals.

Venue: Tarkwa Akoon Park

Kickoff time: 3pm

Match Officials: Referee: Adaari A. Latif. Assistants: Tijani Mohammed and Augustine S. Dakwa. 4th Official: Abdul Hamid Sesey. Match Commissioner: Charles Darkwa.

Prediction: 1-1

KING FAISAL VS ASHANTI GOLD

King Faisal will on Sunday play their first home league game of the season against Ashanti Goldfields. Ashanti Gold were impressive the last time out, beating newly promoted side Olympics by 3-0. King Faisal on the hand were 4-1 losers away to Dreams FC in Dawu. Alhaji Grusah’s boys will hope to bounce back from last week’s breakdown, but that won’t come easy. They will on the day have to stop Ashanti Gold’s front men; Shafiu Mumuni, Amos Addai and Emmanuel Osei Baffour.

Venue: Kumasi Sports Stadium

Kickoff: 3pm

Stat of the match: The last 5 fixtures between the 2 sides has produced less than 2 goals. 3 of those games ended in stalemate.

Match Officials: Referee Maxwell Hanson. Assistants: Ngmindieye Thomas and Bawa Haruna. 4th Official : Bashiru Dauda. Match Commissioner: Kwasi Asante Boateng.

Prediction: 0-1

BEREKUM CHELSEA VS LIBERTY PROFESSIONALS

Berekum Chelsea will come into this game with their spirits high after beating Hearts of Oak 1-0 in Accra last weekend. Liberty will also hope to improve on their 2-2 draw at home to Legon Cities Fc last weekend. The Dansoman side were 12 minutes away from a defeat, but pulled off an impressive performance in the dying embers of the game to snatch a draw.

Stat of the match: The last 2 games between the two sides has produced 9 goals. Berekum Chelsea has won 4 of the last 5 home games against liberty, drawing the other 1.

Venue: Berekum Golden City Park

Kickoff time: 3pn

Match Officials: Referee: Desmond Abbey. Assistants: Richard Appiah and Isaac O. Antwi. 4th Official: Tampuni Emmanuel. Match Commissioner: Issifu Mohammed Salisu.

Prediction: 2-1

ELEVEN WONDERS VS DREAMS

Techiman Eleven wonders are awful away from home, but at the Ohene Ameyaw Park, they are a different breed. Since joining the Premier league, they’ve lost only a game at home, winning 5 and drawing one, they will hope to continue that impressive form and also bounce back from their 1-0 defeat to Asante Kotoko in gameweek 1. Dreams Fc were impressive the last time they took to the field, they beat newly promoted King Faisal by 4-1, which is the most goals they’ve scored in a league game since beating Berekum Chelsea 4-0 in July 2016. Dreams will hope to repeat last week’s performance on Sunday.

Stat of the match: There has only been one meeting between the two clubs, Dreams Fc won by a goal to nil through a Issah Yakubu strike.

Venue: Ohene Ameyaw Park

Kickoff time: 3pm

Match Officials: Referee: Mohammed Misbau. Assistants: Mustapha Abdulai and Isaac Asante. 4th Official: Maxwell Owusu. Match Commissioner: Andrew Tamakloe.

Prediction: 1-1

ELMINA SHARKS VS KARELA

Both Elmina Sharks and Karela are coming into this game at the back of a defeat. Elmina Sharks lost their first league game by 2 goals to nil in Bechem to Bechem United whiles Karela lost by a goal to nil to WAFA. Both teams will hope they can record their first win of the season when they clash on Sunday in Elmina.

Stat of the match: The only league meeting between the two sides came in April 2018, the game ended 0-0. The two clubs also met in the Normalization Special competition, Karela beat Sharks 1-0 in Tarkwa, with Sharks winnnig the reverse game by 2-0.

Venue: Elmina Nduom Sports Stadium

Kickoff time: 3pm

Match Officials: Referee: Daniel Laryea. Assistants: Kwesi Brobbey and Paul Atimaka. 4th Official: Eso Doh Morrison. Match Commissioner: Michael Ayeh.

Prediction: 1-0

GREAT OLYMPICS VS ADUANA STARS

Great Olympics will welcome Aduana Stars for their first home game of the season. Olympics lost their first game of the season away to Ashanti Gold by 3 goals to nil and will hope to bounce back with the support of the home crowd when they face the Ogya boys in Accra on Sunday. Aduana Stars were 4-0 winners at home against Inter Allies last weekend and will hope to replicate that performance. Veteran striker Yahya Mohammed bagged a hat-trick and will hope he can add to his tally.

Stat of the match: Olympics are yet to beat Aduana stars in 4 attempts, they’ve lost 3 of their 4 games against Aduana.

Venue: Accra Sports Stadium

Kickoff time: 3pm

Match Officials: Referee: Eric Owusu Prempeh. Assistants: Isaac Odoom and Francis B. Arthur. 4th Official: Patrick Okyere. Match Commissioner: Frank Denakpor.

Prediction: 1-2

WAFA VS EBUSUA DWARFS

Since the start of the 2016/2017 league season, the Sogakope boys have lost only one league game at home, they’ll hope that impressive run continues on Sunday when they host strugglers Ebusua Dwarfs in Sogakope. WAFA will come into this game brimming with confidence after beating Karela 1-0 away from home. Ebusua Dwarfs are down spirited coming into this game, they haven’t won a competitive game since beating Inter Allies 2-1 in gameweek 9 of the Normalization Special competition, they’ve since then drawn 1 and lost 5 games in a row. A form they’ll hope to change come Sunday. WAFA are completely backed by bookmakers to win this one.

Stat of the match: WAFA have won their last 3 home games against Dwarfs by 2-0, one of those victories came in the Normalization Special competition.

Venue: Sogakope WAFA Park

Kickoff time: 3pm

Match Officials: Referee: Samadji Joshua. Assistants: Emmanuel Dolagbam and John Nyavor. 4th Official: Wiseman Ghansah. Match Commissioner: Annan Lomotey.

Prediction: 3-0

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