Momentum is on the side of the Procupine Warriors, and they will like to use the victory over Hearts as a rallying point to beat the hapless Dwarfs at the Baba Yara Stadium.
Stand-in coach Michael Osei has a small headache, however. Key men Edwin Tuffour Frimpong and Evans Quao will not be available due to suspensions.
Injury will also rob him of centre back Richard Osei Agyeman while captain and right back Amos Frimpong is with the local Black Stars. But Ahmed Adams has been back in camp.
“I have to commend Adams. He’s done so well. We wanted him to stay back and return to our fold,” Osei said.
“We had a situation at hand, there have been suspensions and injuries in the squad.
“Evans Quao has been suspended, Edwin Tuffour is also suspended and Osei Agyeman is yet to fully recover from his injury. So in central defence, Kotoko were left with only Ohene Brenya, that’s why we called on coach Maxwell Konadu to release Adams. He did and Adams accepted to join us, foregoing the Japan trip and all the experiences and benefits that come with it,” he added.
Meanwhile, Dwarfs will be shorn of the directness of forward Joseph Esso while the result of a late fitness test for Bright Luqman is yet to be known.
Head to Head (Since 2000)
Total matches played = 12
Asante Kotoko wins = 7
Drawn games = 4
Ebusua Dwarfs wins = 1
*Asante Kotoko have won three of their last four premiership matches.
(W3 D0 L1)
*Ebusua Dwarfs have won just two of their last twelve premier league games.
(W2 D5 L5)
*Asante Kotoko have lost only one of their last nine home matches in the league.
(W6 D2 L1)
*Ebusua Dwarfs are winless in their last fifteen away fixtures in the premier league.
(W0 D5 L10)
*Asante Kotoko have won all of their last six home matches against Ebusua Dwarfs in the premiership since 2000.
(W6 D0 L0)
*Ebusua Dwarfs have managed only one victory against Asante Kotoko in their last eight meetings.
(W1 D2 L5)
*Asante Kotoko have kept just two clean sheets out of their five home games this season.
*Ebusua Dwarfs have scored just one goal in their last eight away matches in the Ghana Premier League.