GPL Match Day 20 Preview: Kotoko seek revenge against Dwarfs whiles Hearts clash with Ashanti Gold in Accra

The Ghana Premier League returns on Wednesday June 28, 2017 with matches across all 8 league centers in the country in a midweek encounter.

WAFA Sports Stadium, Sogakope

League leaders WAFA will look to extend their lead at the top of the table when they host struggling Elmina Sharks. The Academy boys, WAFA, returns home after playing two consecutive games away from home which both ended in nil-nil draws. The Sharks face a stiff competition as they seek to return to winning ways after recording two defeats in a row, and are flirting with relegation as well.

Nana Agyemang Badu II Park, Dormaa

Second placed Aduana Stars, following on the heels of their loss to Tema Youth welcome relegation threatened Accra Great Olympics. Olympics are second from bottom and face a daunting task to survive the drop. Olympics head coach Tom Strand has said he is not sure if Olympics will survive the drop after suffering two defeats at home against Tema Youth and Liberty Professionals.

Aduana Stars on the hand will want to continue breathing heavily on the necks league leaders WAFA, as they use Olympics to revive their fortunes.

Cape Coast Sports Stadium

In Cape Coast, Ebusua Dwarfs host Kumasi Asante Kotoko. The Porcupine Warriors have not won a game in Cape Coast in their last three visits with a real pummeling last season. The last time Dwarfs hosted Kotoko, it ended in a 4-1 humiliation for the Porcupine Warriors but Steve Polack’s side will hope there’s no repeat of the result. The last time they won away against the ‘Crabs’ was on the 25th March 2012.

Dwarfs are without a defeat at home in this season’s league campaign and will want to protect their home invincibility against in-form Kotoko.

Accra Sports Stadium, Accra

Accra Hearts of Oak, 4 points from table toppers WAFA, will host an impressive Ashantigold side who are on a mission to survive relegation. The ‘Elephants’ have won all three games they’ve played so far in the month of June. It’s a run that’s taken CK Akunnor’s side out of the relegation zone, but flirting around that zone – placed 13th on the league log.

Hearts of Oak have not lost to Ashgold since 2013 and in addition not conceded a defeat at home in the league so far.

Carl Reindolf Park, Dansoman

Elsewhere, Michael Osei’s Liberty Professionals welcome bottom-placed Bolga All Stars to the Carl Reindolf Park.

The road to survival look done and dusted for new entrant Bolga All Stars picking only 12 points from 19 matches. And surprisingly, they are without a win away from home – recording eight defeats and one draw.

After picking his first win for Liberty since taking charge, Osei will seek to continue down the road with All Stars by putting them to the swords.

El-Wak Stadium

Inter Allies will host Bechem United at the El-Wak stadium after suffering a humiliating defeat against an in-form Ashanti Gold.

Inter Allies, 9th with 25 points, are seeking to catch up with Bechem, who are only a point ahead of them and are 7th on the league log. Allies have won all their last four home matches’ whiles Bechem have suffered five defeats in six outings. A win for the ‘Eleven-is-to-One’ boys could see them swap places with Bechem and probably Berekum Chelsea.

TNA Park, Tarkwa

Medeama returns home after holding Berekum Chelsea at the Golden City Park on Wednesday. Chelsea are winless away from home in nine matches.

The Yellow and Mauves were shocked at home against Ashanti Gold in their last home match and that was their second home defeat in the league.

The last time Chelsea won at Tarkwa was in 2010 and are seeking to invoke the same performance to record their first away win in the league.

Malik Jabir Park, Wa

Current league champions Wa All Stars host 10th place Tema Youth at their favourite home grounds – looking to bounce back from their defeat against Asante Kotoko. Their undulating performances has left them placed 11th on the log.

Tema Youth are bent on building upon their heavy away win against Great Olympics to deepen the woes the ‘Northern Blues’.

By: Ghana/ Amoah