This weekend's round of matches will conclude the first round of league action which has seen managerial casualties, goals and lots of drama. Here is what to expect this weekend
DREAMS VS HEARTS
This will be undeniably the game of the round with Dreams hoping to be the first team to beat Hearts while the Phobians are on the road. It has been a patchy half season for Dreams but victory in Obuasi over Edubiase has restored confidence for Akonnor and his side. The Phobians once again enter an away game on the back of a poor performance at home. Hearts will be aiming to go through the first round unbeaten at home and with an added motivation of going top should while Wa All Stars fail to better their results.
* This will be the first encounter between the two clubs in Ghana premier league.
KOTOKO VS TECHIMAN CITY
Asante Kotoko will be looking for an immediate response to the defeat in Wa when they host Techiman City. Michael Osei described their defeat in Wa as unfortunate and has already set sights on correcting the wrongs. “I think it was very unfortunate we conceded that early goal- I expected us to react quickly but things just didn’t go as planned.We would have to forget about this and look forward to the Techiman City game on Sunday,” Osei said. Kotoko have scored 7 goals in their last three home matches and will be aiming to end the first round in such good fashion. Techiman City will hope to put their midweek disappointment behind them and cause a major upset. The new entrants struggled at home as they only managed a 1-1 draw with Ashantigold. Only the second time they have dropped points at home.
* Asante Kotoko encounter with Techiman City on Sunday 29th May, 2016 @ the Baba Yara Sports Stadium will be their first ever meeting in the Ghana League since the competition started in 1958.
* MATCH FACTS
* The only league game that Techiman club have played in Kumasi against Kotoko was 1985-86 season and it was Holy Stars. The game was played on 18th May, 1986 in the 2nd round. Kotoko 3-1 Techiman Holy Stars
CHELSEA VS WA ALL STARS
Solomon Odwo lamented on Chelsea’s insipid performance against Inter Allies which saw his side well beaten it Tema. The coach, who described his players to be fast asleep in the first will need to perform a revival act to keep his side wide awake as they host Wa All Stars brimming with confidence after beating Kotoko. "Our boys were poor in the first half and that gave Inter Allies confidence. We came back stronger in the second half but it was too late," Solomon Odwo said after the game.”
Total matches played – 14
Chelsea wins – 6
Goals scored – 12
All Stars wins – 3
Goals scored – 9
Drawn games – 5
MEDEAMA VS NEW EDUBIASE
Medeama have clawed back a two goal deficit in their last league games but they will certainly prefer to see off New Edubiase quickly to avoid another emotional roller-coaster. It still remains uncertain whether their guests will honor the tie after writing to the Ghana Football Association to officially withdraw from the league due to financial constraints.
ADUANA VS BECHEM UNITED
Aduana are winless in the their last two games after a great run, they have a Bono derby against Bechem United as they aim to keep in touch with the league leaders. The Dormaa side drew with Hearts and lost to Dwarfs in the space of a week while Manuel Zacharias and his Bechem side are looking for a win in three. Bechem will be bereft of confidence after failing to see off 10 man Hasaacas after going a goal up.
Total matches played – 6
Aduana Stars wins – 2
Goals scored – 7
Bechem Utd wins – 2
Goals scored – 6
Drawn games – 2
Dwarfs are buzzing after applying the brakes on Aduana, their task does not get easy as they travel to Dansoman to face Liberty who are also on a high after beating Hearts in a local derby on Thursday while Inter Allies will seek to win back to back games for the first time against Hasaacas.
Total matches played – 4
Sekondi Hasaacas wins – 2
Goals scored – 3
Inter-Allies wins – 2
Goals scored – 5
Match facts and head to head provided by Isaac Amponsah
Photos By Senyuiedzorm A. Adadevoh
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