Premier League Preview: Gameweek 8

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The Premier League presents us with yet another set of enthralling fixtures. This gameweek fixtures becomes the second set of fixtures to be played in midweek this season. 8 of the fixtures will take place on Wednesday, whiles the other 1 comes on on Thursday.

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

BEREKUM CHELSEA VS KARELA UNITED (WEDNESDAY)

After a decent start to the season, a time that saw Berekum Chelsea win 5 games and draw 2, they on Sunday recorded their first defeat of the season. They lost 2-1 to Bechem United at the Nana Gyeabour Park, whiles Karela picked only their second victory of the season over the weekend after trashing Legon Cities 3-0 in Tarkwa. Berekum Chelsea will be hoping to bounce back from Sunday’s defeat whiles Karela will hope to deepen Chelsea’s wounds. Star man for Karela Diawisie Taylor last Friday ended his league drought, he scored twice to help his side sink Legon Cities. Karela will hope he can replicate same form on Wednesday in Berekum.

Stat of the match: The 2-1 defeat to Bechem United was Berekum Chelsea’s first loss of the season.

Venue: Golden City Park, Berekum.

Kickoff time: 3pm

Match OfficialsReferee: Gabriel Opoku Arhin Assistants: Halilu Alhassan and Ali Timuah Baah 4th Referee: Musah Mubarak Match Commissioner: Andrews Dery

Prediction: 1-0

EBUSUA DWARFS VS ADUANA STARS (WEDNESDAY)

Ebusua Dwarfs last weekend recorded their 6th defeat of the season, which is the most in the league so far. They’ve won only a game and sit bottom of the league table. Aduana Stars last weekend picked another 3 points at the Agyemang Badu Stadium. They’ve so far won 5 of their 7 games, drawn 1 and lost the other 1, but only 1 of the 5 victories came away from home. Star striker Yahya Mohammed leads the goal scoring chart with 7 goals, but it is a thing to note that he’s yet to score a goal away from home.

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

Venue: Cape Coast Stadium

Kickoff time: 3pm

Match OfficialsReferee: Eric Sefa Antwi Assistants: Kwasi Brobbey Acheampong and Paul Atimaka 4th Referee: Bismark Appiah Match Commissioner: Agyiri Barnor

Prediction: 1-2

ELEVEN WONDERS VS INTER ALLIES (WEDNESDAY)

Eleven Wonders last weekend picked their first point on the road after holding Elmina Sharks to a 1-1, whiles Inter Allies picked their first 3 points since defeating Bechem United by 2-1 in gameweek 2. The Techiman side are strong at the Ohene Ameyaw Park, they’ve won 2 out of the 3 games they’ve played at the ground this season, their only defeat at the ground came against Dreams in match day 2. Inter Allies have been awful on the road this season, they’ve lost all 3 games by an aggregate scoreline of 7-1. An awful record they’ll like to change on Wednesday.

Stat of the match: Inter Allies have lost all 3 games they’ve played away from home this season.

Venue: Ohene Ameyaw Park

Kickoff time: 3pm

Match OfficialsReferee: Alphonso Atiapa Assistants: John Nyavor and Isaac Asante 4th Referee: Desmond Abbey Match Commissioner: Charles Darkwah

Prediction: 1-0

KING FAISAL VS GREAT OLYMPICS (WEDNESDAY)

Kumasi King Faisal will welcome Great Olympics to the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Wednesday. King Faisal are the only team in the league yet to pick all 3 points in a game, they’ve so far lost 4 games and drawn 3 games. King Faisal have also conceded 15 goals so far, which is the most in the league. Olympics after picking 7 points out of a possible 9 recorded another defeat last weekend, they lost 1-0 to WAFA, making it 2 wins, a draw and 4 defeats. Head Coach Prince Koffie on Monday stepped down, Assistant Coach Seth Hoffman has taken temporary charge of the team.

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

Venue: Baba Yara Sports Stadium

Kickoff time: 3pm

Match OfficialsReferee: Patrick Okyere Assistants: Courage Kuedufi and Albert Adom Mensah 4th Referee: Clement Kwame Nkuah Match Commissioner: J.B. Yakubu

Prediction: 1-0

LEGON CITIES VS ELMINA SHARKS (WEDNESDAY)

Legon Cities last weekend were on the end of a 3-0 thrashing in hands of Karela in Tarkwa. It was the club’s second defeat on the road and 3rd defeat of the season. Legon Cities will hope they can continue from were they left it at the Accra Sports Stadium, the last time they played at home, they recorded their first league victory of the season. Elmina Sharks haven’t won a game since defeating Inter Allies in Accra by 3-2, they’ve since then drawn 3 games by a 1-1 scoreline, against Olympics, King Faisal and Eleven Wonders. They’ve also recorded 5 draws this season, the most in the league.

Stat of the match: With 5 draws to their belt, Elmina Sharks have drawn the most games in the league.

Venue: Accra Sports Stadium

Kickoff time: 3pm

Match OfficialsReferee: Christopher Asante Assistants: Paul Dosu and Isaac Opoku Antwi 4th Referee: Mahama Ewuntoma Match Commissioner: Oduro Nyarko

Prediction: 1-1

LIBERTY PROFESSIONALS VS DREAMS (WEDNESDAY)

Liberty professionals displayed yet another impressive performance away from home, they held league contenders Asante Kotoko to a 1-1 draw. Liberty have been excellent away from home, but their home form is nothing to write home about, they’ve picked just 2 points out of the possible 9 at home. Dreams FC after having a decent start to the season are having a torrid time, they’ve lost 3 of their last 4 games, with 2 of those defeats coming away from home. A bad record they’ll hope to change on Wednesday. Liberty will be playing the fixture at home away from home, the match will take place at The Theatre of Dreams in Dawu, which is home of Dreams FC. This comes in after Liberty Professionals were banned from using the Dansoman Carl Reindoff Park after gameweek 5’s fixture against Hearts of Oak.

Stats of the match: Liberty Professionals have picked just 2 points this season.

Venue: Theatre of Dreams, Dawu.

Kickoff time: 3pm

Match OfficialsReferee: Abdulai Ibrahim Assistants: Isaac Nyamekye and Alex Osam 4th Referee: Ali Musah Match Commissioner: Samuel Acheampong

Prediction: 1-1

MEDEAMA VS BECHEM UNITED (WEDNESDAY)

Medeama last weekend recorded their second defeat on the road and second defeat of the season. Medeama haven’t dropped points at the Akoon Park this season, they’ve so far beaten Hearts Of Oak, Asante Kotoko and Ashanti Gold at the ground. Medeama will be without Prince Opoku Agyemang, he’s suspended for this one. Bechem United last weekend defied all odds to hand Berekum Chelsea their first defeat of the season. They’ve had an impressive start to the season, with 4 wins to their belt so far, but all wins have come at the Nana Gyeabour Park. Bechem United are awful on the road, they’ve managed to pick just a point on the road this season. Bechem United have won just 5 games in their last 40 away league games (including the 2017/2018 league season).

Stat of the match: Bechem United have won just 5 games in their last 40 away league games (including the 2017/2018 league season).

Venue: Akoon Park, Tarkwa.

Kickoff time: 3pm

Match OfficialsReferee: Wiseman Ghansah Assistants: Balonguila Stephen and Richard Appiah 4th Referee: Phillip Atta Forson Match Commissioner: Felix Adjetey Sowah

Prediction: 2-0

WAFA VS ASANTE KOTOKO (WEDNESDAY)

Game week 8 brings us another tasty fixture, WAFA will welcome Asante Kotoko to the Sogakope Stadium. WAFA last time out bounced back to winning ways after going 4 games without a win. The Sogakope boys will earn inspiration from last weekend’s slim margin victory against Olympics in Accra. Asante Kotoko last weekend failed to build on their victory against arch rivals Hearts of Oak in gameweek 6, they needed a late equalizer to earn a point against Liberty in Kumasi. Kotoko are likely to have Wahab Adams and Augustine Okrah back for those fixture.

Stat of the match: Kotoko have lost their last 3 games against WAFA in Sogakope.

Venue: Sogakope Stadium

Kickoff time: 3pm

Match OfficialsReferee: Frederick Samena Assistants: Pascal Mawusi and David Addico 4th Referee: Selorm Kpormegbe Match Commissioner: Michael Ayeh

Prediction: 1-0

HEARTS OF OAK VS ASHANTI GOLD (THURSDAY)

Hearts of Oak versus Ashanti Gold presents us the biggest game of the week. The Phobians will welcome the Miners to the Accra Sports Stadium for a Thursday night action. Hearts last weekend bounced back to winning ways after beating Dreams FC by a lone goal in Dawu. The Phobians haven’t found so much favors at the Accra Sports Stadium this season, they’ve lost 2 of the 3 games they’ve played at the venue this season, their only win came against Ebusua Dwarfs in gameweek 3. Ashanti Gold after a torrid few weeks bounced back to winning ways on Sunday after defeating Dwarfs by 1-0. The miners went 3 games without a win and without a goal.

Stat of the match: Hearts haven’t beaten Ashanti Gold at home since 2014.

Venue: Accra Sports Stadium

Kickoff time: 7pm

Match OfficialsReferee: Adaari Abdul Latif Assistants: Francis Bondzie and Ngindieye Thomas 4th Referee: Obed Kwagyan Dankwah Match Commissioner: William Gidiglo

Prediction: 1-0

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