2023/24 GPL: Hearts of Oak host Bechem United, Lions clash with Chelsea on Sunday

2023/24 GPL: Hearts of Oak host Bechem United, Lions clash with Chelsea on Sunday

Accra Hearts of Oak and Bechem United will face off at the Baba Yara Sports stadium in Kumasi Sunday. The Phobians who are chasing only their fourth win in the league will come up against a Bechem United side that has improved tremendously in the last eleven League games.

Accra Hearts of Oak currently sit in 12th place in the league table with 18 points and are winless in their last 5 games. They have won 2, drawn 4 and lost 1 at home, scoring 7 and conceding 5 goals in the process.

Bechem United on the other hand are occupying the 6th position with 26 points, having won 3, drawn 1 and lost 1 in their last 5 games.

The Hunters have won 2, drawn 3 and suffered 3 defeats on the road – scoring 9 and conceding 10 goals – to be the third best side with most accumulated points away from home.

Accra Hearts of Oak have hosted Bechem United three times since the 2020/21 season with the Phobians winning one, drawing one and losing one. In the 2020/21 season, Accra Hearts of Oak beat Bechem United 6-1, drew 0-0 in the 2021/22 season before losing 2-1 in the 2022/23 season.

Hamza Issah who has scored 6 goals in 12 matches for the Phobians is available for the game. Others include, Kofi Agbesimah, Micheal Ampadu, Enock Asubonteng, Salifu Ibrahim, Dennis Korsah, Linda Mtange, Glid Jeordon Otanga Mvouo, Ramos Wanet and Obeng Junior.

Bechem United will be without top scorer Augustine Okrah – following his switch to Young African of Tanzania. Okrah scored 9 goals before making a move to the East African country this week. Francis Acquah, Emmanuel Annor, Emmanuel Avornyo, Aaron Essel, Joseph Kinful, Samuel Kuffour, Seth Kwadwo, Gabriel Tenlep and Cephas Mantey are expected to hold the forth in his absence as the battle for a top four place continues under the tutelage of Head Coach Bismark Kobby Mensah.

The game will be broadcast live on StarTimes Adepa channel 247 at 3pm on Sunday, December 31, 2023.

In Tamale, Real Tamale United will host Accra Great Olympics at Aliu Mahama stadium. Real Tamale United are 17th in the league table with 14 points after 1 win and 4 defeats in their last 5 games. The Tamale boys have picked 11 points from 7 home games, scored 10 and conceded 9 goals in the process.

Accra Great Olympics, 12th in the table with 18 points are winless in their last 5 games. The Dade Boys have drawn 2, and suffered 4 defeats in away games – scoring 2 and conceding 8 goals as well. They are the side with the least number of points accumulated in away games following paltry 2 points from a possible 23.

The Tamale Boys who are without a point in their last 4 successive games will hope to pick all spoils on Sunday. Great Olympics have one outstanding game against Medeama SC.

Real Tamale United have hosted Accra Great Olympics twice at home since the 2020/21 season with Real Tamale United winning one and drawing the other. In the 2021/22 season, Real Tamale United drew 1-1 with Accra Great Olympics before beating them 3-1 in the 2022/23 season. The Tamale Boys have one outstanding game to play against Medeama SC.

Afriyie Owusu has scored 6 goals in the league for the home side and is expected to start on Sunday with the likes of Mohammed Mankuyeli, Baba Kushibo, Mohammed Abdulai, Iddrisu Gadafi, Faisal Gariba, Adams Hafiz, Lord Adabo, Jorge Renchi, Abubakari Shayibu, Abdul Aziz and Prince Arthur all available.

Head coach Annor Walker’s side go into the game with a fully fit and strong squad of Emmanuel Antwi, Mathew Abayase, Emmanuel Akesseh, Kekeli Attor, Richard Botchway, Raymond Grippman, Razak Kasim, Christopher Nettey, Michael Osei and Ebenezer Sekyere all available for selection.

Elsewhere at Hohoe, bottom placed Heart of Lions who are yet to record a win in the 2023/24 league season will clash with Berekum Chelsea. 

Heart of Lions are bottom of the table with 8 points after Matchday 16 and have managed to accumulate only 4 points at home thus far – scored 2 and conceded 4 goals. The Kpando lads are the only side with the least number of home points among the 18 Premier League clubs.

Heart of Lions have two outstanding games to play against Dreams FC and Medeama SC but need to put in a lot to lift themselves from the relegation Zone.

Berekum Chelsea are 5th in the League table with 27 points – having won 2, drawn 2 and lost 1 in their last 5 games. Chelsea have won 3, drawn 1, suffered 4 defeats on the road – scoring 6 and conceding 8 goals. They are the second club with the most points accumulated on the road with 10 points.

Heart of Lions have a very formidable squad going into the game with the likes of Ebenezer Abban, Bismark Anim, Yaw Danso, Ruben Hennessy, Abdul Ocansey, Emmanuel Ofori, Prince Ofori, Nana Oppong, Dickson Sakabutu and Mustapha Yakubu all fit for the game.

Berekum Chelsea top scorer Stephen Amankonah (6 goals) is expected to lead the lines for his side on Sunday. Collins Ameyaw, Lord Amoah, Patrick Ansu, Patrick Aseidu, Yaw Dankwah, Emmanuel Essien, Zakaria Fuseini, Flavien Kwasi, Afriyie Mezack and Emmanuel Sarpong are all available for the clash.

Two-time champions Aduana FC will lock horns with Dreams FC at the Nana Agyemang Badu I Park in Dormaa. The Ogya lads are 2nd in the league table with 27 points, having won 2 and lost 3 in their last 5 games.

Aduana FC have won 7 and lost 1 at home, scored 15 and conceded 4 goals at the Agyemang Badu I Park. They are the second club with most accumulated home points having secured 21 points from a possible 24.

Dreams FC – are 15th place in the league table with 15 points but have four outstanding games to play – having won 2, drawn 1 and suffered 2 defeats in their last 5 games. Dreams FC have not been overly impressive on the road after accumulating only 4 points in the process – scored 2 and conceded 7 goals.

Aduana FC have played Dreams FC three times at home since the 2020/21 season with Aduana FC winning one, drawing one and losing one. In the 2020/21 season Aduana FC beat Dreams FC 2-0, drew 0-0 in the 2021/22 season before losing 1-0 in the 2022/23 season.

Dreams FC have four outstanding games to play against Bofoakwa Tano, Heart of Lions, GoldStars FC and Karela United.

Emmanuel Gyamfi and Bright Adjei are expected to lead the lines for Aduana FC on Sunday, with Sam Adams, Alex Boakye, Derrick Boateng, Zakaria Mumuni, Kelvin Obeng, Iddrisu Shaibu, Kyeremeh Silas, Justus Torsutsey and Anderson Asamoah complementing them.

Dreams FC also boast of a very fit and strong squad that consists of Abdul Aziz Issah, Derrick Agyei, Seth Agyemang, John Antwi, Godfred Atuahene, Agyenim Boateng Mensah, Emmanuel Danquah, Abdul Jalilu, McCarthy Ofori and Sulemana Suhiyini.

The game is scheduled for 3pm kick off at the Nana Agyemang Badu I Park at Dormaa, Sunday.

At the Dr. Kwame Kyei Sports Complex in Abrankese, Nations FC will clash with Nsoatreman FC in one of the weekends toughest fixtures. Nations FC are 7th in the League table with 24 points having won 3, drawn 1 and recorded 1 defeat in their last 5 games.

They have accumulated 18 points at home with an unbeaten record of 5 wins and 3 draws. Kasim Mingles side have scored 14 and conceded 5 goals in 8 home matches making them part of the top 5 clubs with the most home points in the League.

Nsoatreman FC are 4th in the league table – level on 27 points with Aduana FC who are third in the table having won 2, drawn 1 and recorded 2 defeats in their last 5 games. Maxwell Konadu’s side have managed to accumulate 8 points on the raod in the first round of the season – scored 6 and conceded 8 goals so far.

This clash will be the first of its kind between the two teams in the League since Nations FC’s qualifications qualification this season – only one season after Nsoatreman FC made an entry into the League. Nations FC will start as favorites due to their unbeaten record at home.

Barimah Baah is expected to blend with Asamoah Boateng Afriyie upfront for the home side on Sunday. Other players include, Emmanuel Agyemang, Sadiq Alhassan, Micheal Awuah, Emmanuel Boahene, Amidou Diarra, Victor Oduro, Razak Simpson and Nafiu Sulemana.

For Nsoatreman FC, top scorer, Manaf Umar is in hand for a start as he aims to add to his 6-goal tally on Sunday. Stephan Diyou, Walid Neymah Fuseini, Mohammed Issaka, Emmanuel Kotei, Collins Kudjoe, Meider Kwabena, Sadat Mohammed, Eric Osei Bonsu, Mohammed Abdul Rahaman, Morrison Anokye and Philip Ofori are all fit to start for the visitors.

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