The 2016/17 Ghana Premier League enters match week 7 with some club records under threat.
Aduana Stars vs Medeama
The league leaders are on an impressive run with no defeat in their six games played thus far, with their worst result being a home draw against WAFA in match week three.
Aduana Stars, after six games, are on 16 points – two points ahead of second placed Kumasi Asante Kotoko. Aduana Stars are on a two-game winning streak and with no defeat. Against Medeama at home, they are favorites to keep hold of top spot with a comfortable win.
The Mauve-and-Yellow have been disappointing this season and with three defeats in a row, coach Evans Adotey’s position has come under threat and the game against in-form Aduana Stars might be that one match that might define both his fate and that of the status of the club with the side just three points above bottom-placed Great Olympics.
Asante Kotoko vs WAFA
The record Ghana Premier League champions’ winning run was halted when they were held to a 1-1 draw against debutantes Bolga All Stars, but back at home where they are at their best, the Porcupine Warriors are expected to win this game. Kotoko have defeated WAFA once (W1 D1) in their two games played at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium since the Academy Boys qualified to the Premier League in 2015.
Coach Zdravko Lugarusic’s famous 3-5-2 formation will be put to its toughest test yet at home against the Sogakope-based club. WAFA’s last five games reads – W2 D2 L1, but it is their away form (D1 L1) that should give their opponents a glimpse of hope.
Tema Youth vs Hearts of Oak
The Phobians launched operation nine points after losing 2-0 away to Aduana Stars and started that crusade off well with a 2-1 win over Great Olympics in the derby last Sunday and will look to continue that form ahead of facing arch rivals Kotoko in match week 8, with a win against Tema Youth who have picked four points from an available six in their two games played at home. In four previous meetings between the sides, Tema Youth have failed to defeat the Phobians, with their best result being a draw, whilst their opposition have picked off them six points from an available 12.
Hearts head into the game as the best side with two wins, two draws, and one loss, while Tema Youth’s form reads one win, one draw, and three losses, and will be expected to have a tough game but should grab all three available points.
Bechem United vs Elmina Sharks
The Hunters are on a hot streak with four straight wins and a draw in their last five games and are bookmakers’ favourites to win this match. But Sharks are expected to put up a good fight, taking into consideration their away form of one defeat [against Kumasi Asante Kotoko] and two draws [Olympics and Wa All Stars].
The meeting is the first between two sides and Bechem’s home form (three straight wins) should be enough for them to wrest three points off the debutantes.
Wa All Stars vs Dwarfs
Wa All Stars started off the defense of their title with a 1-2 away defeat to Hearts of Oak but coach Enos Adepa and his team have since then been on a winning streak with three straight victories and a draw. And playing at the Malik Jabir Sports complex, they are expected to continue on their winning run with a win against Mysterious Ebusua Dwarfs.
In five meetings at the same venue, All Stars have won and drawn twice and lost one to tomorrow’s opponents and will be wary of such a slippery opponent, but should be at ease as Dwarfs have failed to win any of their three away games this season. They lost to Liberty, Inter Allies, and WAFA.
Ashantigold SC are on a poor run of form with humiliating defeats to Bechem United at home (2-4) and the famous 5-1 drubbing away to Berekum Chelsea.
Coach Bashiru Hayford reportedly has tendered in a resignation letter ahead of facing Liberty Professionals but is expected to be at post in the match week 7 clash at the Len Clay Sports Stadium.
Liberty’s form has been patchy with three wins and three defeats from the six matches played thus far. Ashgold have been poor this season is an understatement, but should find solace in their record against Liberty -12 matches: W5 L3 D4 and all the wins have been at the Len Clay Sports Stadium.
Great Olympics qualified to the premiership with so much euphoria but that has waned. No win in six matches and their recent 2-1 away loss in the derby game has intensified the pressure on player-coach Godwin Attram. And playing at home with no win in three matches, Olympics cannot afford to slip any further as they are already bottom of the table. Inter Allies will be a difficult opponent, having recorded two straight wins over the AGOSU boys in their only two meetings.
Berekum Chelsea have to find some consistency now as the season gradually heats up and with a good record (W2 D1) at home should ease past the league’s poorest away performers, Bolga All Stars.
The debutants have conceded nine goals away from home and should tighten up defensively if they are to stay beyond this season.