GHPL PREVIEW: Tema Youth, WAFA tests for Hearts, Kotoko; Aduana host Mauves

The 2016/17 Ghana Premier League season peaks with match day seven matches Wednesday afternoon.

After sequences of very exciting games and results from the previous match day, week seven comes with all its mouthwatering games across all eight centres.

It’s been like two months into the season but all the pre-season troubles and disappointment of the fans has been put to sleep with the vibe around the league getting bigger and better.

Champions Wa All Stars, after starting the season poorly have picked up the pieces with commendable results notably, last Sunday’s 1-0 triumph at Medeama. The Northern Blues who lie fourth on the table with 10 points – 6 adrift leaders Aduana and with a game in hand, welcome Ebusua Dwarfs to the Malik Jabir Park in Wa.

Great Olympics with their torrid time this season, securing just two points from six matches will play at the Accra Sports Stadium with Inter Allies as their guests. Both sides lost their last games by 2-1 with Olympics falling to Hearts and the ‘Eleven Is To One’ side conceding late to leaders Aduana Stars. This should be a must win for either side as Olympics lie bottom and Allies with 5 points at the 13th position.

At the Tema Stadium, Tema Youth after falling 2-1 to WAFA at Sogakope on Sunday welcome Hearts of Oak. The Phobians, seven points below the top spot, are being buoyed after the victory over Olympics in the Mantse Derby to go for yet another three points. Ahead of the Super Clash to rivals Kotoko, a win for the Phobians over the Harbour City Boys will spur them on for Sunday’s fixture though it would be a difficult game for Hearts.

At the Nana Fosu Gyeabour Park, third-placed Bechem United welcome Elmina Sharks. With 13 points amassed from six games, the MTN FA Cup champions led by deadly striker Amed Toure who is leading the scorers chat on five goals should be able to dispatch the debutants. Sharks however have secured two draws from their three away games and proved stubborn in their 1-0 loss to Kotoko on week 5.

Berekum Chelsea welcome Bolga All Stars to the Golden City Park. Seventh-placed Chelsea have only dropped points against Kotoko at home and look solid at their fortress. Bolga All Stars should be motivated by their 1-1 draw against Kotoko on match day six to secure a point at least to lift them up the 15th position of the ladder.

Ashanti Gold SC who nearly got relegated last campaign will have the opportunity to clean their stained results in the league as they welcome Liberty Professionals to the Len Clay Stadium at Obuasi. The Miners have lost twice at home this season, a 1-0 loss to Kotoko and a 2-4 results against Bechem United. The health concerns and in-house fight could be minimized should the maximum points gained but it won’t come easy against a resolute Liberty Professionals side who rose from a goal down to beat Dwarfs on Sunday.

Leaders Aduana Stars have a tough encounter at the Nana Agyemang Badu Park in Dormaa against Medeama. The latter have not come good in the opening moments of the season after a not-so-convincing pre-season and have gained just five points from six games. Aduana with their deadly attacking pair of Asamoah and Sasraku as well as captain Godfred Saka who leads the assist table with 5 supplies look prepared to predate.

Finally at the Baba Yara Stadium, Asante Kotoko welcome WAFA. The Porcupines dropped points after drawing 1-1 at Bolga All Stars in their last fixture. WAFA move to Oseikrom on the back of a 2-1 home victory over Tema Youth. The pendulum swings Kotoko’s way as WAFA have failed to record a victory in four games in Kumasi – just a 0-0 draw in 2014/2015 but lost three. Zdravko Lugarusic would want his side to keep the chase on leaders Aduana but WAFA are desperate to move up the ladder from the ninth position with eight points.

 

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