GPL Week 2 Preview: Kotoko seek win at Chelsea, Nuttal’s Medeama test

Friday 17th February , 2017 9:45 am
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Berekum Chelsea vs Asante Kotoko

After winning on match day one of the Ghana Premier League, Asante Kotoko travel to the Golden City Park to face Berekum Chelsea to see if they can get their second win.

Zdravco Lugarozic saw his team fight back from a goal down to beat Liberty Professionals and he will demand more of the same against Chelsea who beat the Porcupine Warriors 2-0 last season.

Kotoko will however have to play without captain Amos Frimpong and forward Obed Owusu who are out with finger and thigh injuries respectively.

Berekum Chelsea will chase their first win of the season after losing 2-1 to Tema Youth and match day one but they will buoyed by the fact that they are unbeaten against Kotoko except in the 2009/2010 season where Kotoko won by a lone goal.

Their new coach Steve Polak has already stated his intentions to win the league with the club and that campaign will start against Kotoko.

 

Hearts of Oak vs Medeama

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Following the appointment of new coach, Frank Nuttal, Hearts of Oak will hope to get their first win of the new season when they welcome Medeama to the Accra Sports Stadium.

The Phobians had to thank poor finishing on the part of Inter Allies for the goalless draw on match day one but they will have to be at their best if they can pluck three points to continue their tradition of winning their home matches played in week of the league since 1999.

They have won seven and lost two of their last 9 home matches played on Week 2 of the GPL.

Medeama beat WAFA 1-0 last Sunday and they head into the tie against Hearts with some confidence especially after winning 1-0 in Accra last season.

 

Liberty Professionals vs Inter Allies

The meeting of two teams who did not win in match day one will be very interesting as Liberty and Inter Allies do play some very open football.

Liberty Professionals showed their confidence when they took the lead against Kotoko last week even though they were eventually overturned 2-1 but Inter Allies failed to find the net despite being the stronger side against Hearts at the El-Wak Stadium.

But Allies have enjoyed their trips to the Karl Reindorf Park in recent years. They have picked up four points from the possible nine from their meetings with Liberty from the 2013/2014 season.

They will hope to draw inspiration from this and get a good result provided they take their chances.

For Liberty, they can actually find goals through experienced forward Ernest Papa Arko but support from his team mates must be of high quality if they will replace the 17 goals scored by Latif Blessing last season as they escaped relegation.

 

AshantiGold vs Great Olympics

Great Olympics get to start their season this Sunday when they travel to Obuasi because their game from match week one was postponed.

Olympics have almost always had tumultuous seasons in the top flight but they will hope that this year will be different and they have a very testing challenge at the Len Clay Stadium to deal with.

In their last three trips to AshGold, the ‘Dade’ boys have drawn once and lost twice.

Their opponents, AshGold, are already in motion having played at Aduana last week. The Miners lost 1-0 but their good home record against Olympics will give them some confidence.

 

WAFA vs Dwarfs

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Dwarfs travel to face one of league’s strongest home teams, WAFA, this Sunday in Sogakope.

WAFA have not in their last 29 home games winning 21 and drawing 8. They have scored 46 and conceded 11.

The numbers say one thing: Dwarfs will be up against it,

Last season, Kotoko and Hearts of Oak were beaten easily and the young lads at WAFA will hope to beat Dwarfs again after winning 2-0 in the same fixture last year.

That is likely especially if one looks Dwarfs’ poor run on the road. Since 1999, they have played 105 matches away from Cape Coast and they have won 17, lost 65 and drawn 23.

 

Other matches:

Bechem United vs Tema Youth

Bolga All Stars vs Wa All Stars

Elmina Sharks vs Aduana Stars

 

 

 

By: Citi Sports Desk