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GPL: Four key games to lookout for on matchday 6

Asante Kotoko will begin life without Maxwell Konadu when they face Dreams FC

The Ghana Premier League season is starting to take shape without Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko who are both struggling for form.

Kotoko will look to start life without Maxwell Konadu when they play Dreams FC at Dawu.

Two of the three unbeaten sides face each other when Karela United meet Bechem United.

Last week, our four selected games saw Kotoko pick up their first win of the season, Hearts dominate Dreams and AshGold put five goals past King Faisal.

These are the four key games you can’t afford to miss this matchday:

Bechem United vs Karela United

The first game of the round sees two of the three unbeaten sides in the league clash at the Nana Gyeabour Park in Bechem.

Bechem United welcome Karela in a mouth-watering fixture between two sides who are currently overachieving.

The away team are top of the table after five games and the home team are just three points behind.

Despite being top of the table, assistant coach Steve Abugri told Happy FM that his side won’t get complacent.

Diawisie Taylor has scored three goals this season for Karela United

“We are delighted to be on top of the table but we are not going to be carried away because of it. We will not lose focus since there are more matches to be played in the season.”

The only meeting between the two sides was back in 2018 when Bechem United beat Karela United 1-0 at home.

Hafiz Konkoni (2) and Diawisie Taylor (3) have scored five goals between them this season and will try and increase their tallies when they meet on Friday.

Stadium: Nana Gyeabour Park, Bechem

Time: Friday, 15:00GMT

Prediction: Bechem United 1-1 Karela United

King Faisal vs Hearts of Oak

Hearts of Oak have blown hot and cold this season sitting ninth so far. The Phobians have just one win from five games, drawing two and losing two.

The appointment of Kosta Papic brought renewed energy to the club which saw the Accra-based club brush aside Dreams FC winning 3-0.

However, the fire was immediately quenched after a poor showing at Aduana Stars.

Up next is a fixture against King Faisal who were beaten 5-1 by AshGold last week.

Hearts of Oak scored three goals in a game for the first time this season

Despite losing heavily, the Insha Allah boys have showed lots of promise this season six goals in five games this season.

Four points from five games leaves King Faisal in the bottom three, but it’s worth to note the difference between Olympics who are fifth and Faisal is just three points.

King Faisal are unbeaten at home this season and will be in high spirits when they meet an out of form Hearts of Oak.

Stadium: Nana Ameyaw Park, Techiman

Time: Saturday, 15:00GMT

Prediction: King Faisal 1-2 Hearts of Oak

Dreams FC vs Asante Kotoko

It has been a rollercoaster week for Asante Kotoko. Their first win of the Ghana Premier League season against Legon Cities was preceded by qualification to the second round of the CAF Champions League preliminary round.

Unfortunately, the week ended on a contrasting note after Kotoko suffered a home defeat against Olympics for the first time in 24 years.

The result led to the sacking of coach Maxwell Konadu with assistant Johnson Smith set to take charge in the interim.

Dreams FC on the other hand will be relishing the prospect of meeting a Kotoko side in disarray.

Osman Ibrahim scored the only goal of the game when Kotoko beat Legon Cities

The Still Believe lads will look to bounce back from the humiliating 3-0 defeat at the hands of Hearts of Oak last week.

Top scorer of Dreams, Joseph Esso didn’t start against his former side and coach of the side Winfred Dormon explained the decision.

“Esso was not too well, he was nursing an injury and if he was that fit we would have started him.”

Esso is expected to be fit to face Kotoko which could make task much tougher for the Kumasi-based side who face Al Hilal three days later.

Stadium: Theatre of Dreams, Dawu

Time: Saturday, 15:00GMT

Prediction: Dreams FC 2-1 Asante Kotoko

Berekum Chelsea vs Aduana Stars

Matchday six extends to Monday when Aduana Stars travel to play Berekum Chelsea.

Berekum Chelsea have struggled for goals this season scoring three goals in five games.

Their home form should provide confidence as the Blues are yet to lose a game this season.

Aduana Stars coach Paa Kwasi Fabin described the victory against Hearts of Oak as a turnaround.

That victory was the first of the season for the Dormaa-based club who will be pleased to have Yahaya Mohammed back.

Yahaya Mohammed has scored two goals for Aduana Stars this season

Recent meetings suggest Aduana Stars come into this game as favourites winning two of the last encounters with the remaining two ending in a stalemate.

Two balanced teams who are after the three points to help propel their season should be an exciting fixture.

Stadium: Golden City Park, Berekum

Time: Monday, 15:00GMT

Prediction: Berekum Chelsea 2-2 Aduana Stars