By Amakye Ansah
1. Aduana Stars vs Berekum Chelsea
Who is stopping the Ogya Boys? 5 straight wins. They are showing title credentials, very high on confidence. Kudos to Asare Bediako for masterminding such a wonderful run. Aduana didn’t win any of their first 3 games. They surprisingly lost at Dormaa against King Faisal in Week 2 and it remains their only defeat of the season. They have bounced back, simply. Sam Adams’ 35th-minute goal secured them a crucial 3 points at Len Clay.
Kofi Owusu’s brace helped Berekum Chelsea triumphed at Golden City Park by 2-0 against bottom side WAFA.Their second victory of the season. They are one of the poorest sides away from home. They recorded only one away victory last season: 1-0 win at Dreams FC in Week 32.
They have lost to Bibiani Gold Stars and Karela away so far this season. They got their only point away against Legon Cities. Aduana should comfortably win this tie at Dormaa.
2. Eleven Wonders vs Bibiani Gold Stars
Eleven Wonders are not doing any wonders.
Very inconsistent, lack goals, struggling to keep a clean sheet. Occupying the 17th position, Sure Wonders are poor when it comes to goals scoring. Just 4 goals scored in 8 matches is nothing to write home about. They should start playing above themselves before it is too late. The 3-1 win over Elmina Sharks at home in Week 5 remains their only victory.
Bibiani Gold Stars is only good at Dun’s Park. They secured their only point away in the 1-1 draw against Medeama. They lost 2-0 in the early kick-off against Olympics on Wednesday.
3. Hearts of Oak vs Accra Lions
‘ I dedicate the victory to the fans because they needed it so badly, said the former Accra Great Olympics skipper, Gladson Awako. What a debut it was for Gladson Awako. They needed someone to lift them. Someone with the experience. Awako scored a trademark goal and it secured Hearts of Oak their first victory of the campaign. The Phobians will host Accra Lions at Cape Coast Stadium and should register their second victory of the season. Accra Lions has lost all their four away games. They are bottom of the away league table. Accra Lions and WAFA are the two only clubs without a point away from home. They secured a crucial point against the inform King Faisal in mid-week at home.
4. Legon Cities vs Asante Kotoko
With combined 9 games without any win, these two teams are in trouble. Maxwell Konadu and Prosper Narteh Ogum are also in trouble. The former is hosting his beloved Asante Kotoko, he started last season with them but was sacked due to poor performance. The Royals are winless in six and are with just a victory in 8 games. None of their players has been able to score 2 goals this season. They are low on confidence.
The Porcupine Warriors are winless in 3. After the disappointing 1-1 draw against Real Tamale United, Prosper Narteh Ogum begged the supporters of the club to stay calm. Their form has dipped. The Porcupine Warriors won their first four games and were looking unstoppable, they must show title credentials and must start in this fixture.
5. Real Tamale United vs Elmina Sharks
‘Our form is down to motivation and commitment’, said the P.R.O of Real Tamale United, Mubarak. That was a good goal from David Sandan Abagna, it secured a priceless point for the Tamale based club. He is always lurking around the opposition box. They have a rare gem in the team. The 1-1 draw against Asante Kotoko was marvellous.
Elmina Sharks are just a point above the relegation zone. They narrowly lost to Accra Hearts of Oak at Nduom Sports Stadium in mid-week. They have lost their last 3 away games and are conceding many goals.
6. WAFA vs Medeama
Languishing at the bottom of the table with 5 defeats: alongside Elmina Sharks. They have the least number of points (5), worse goals difference (-8). They are the poorest side and must wrestle the slump before things get worse. They have lost their last 3 games, a very bad run.
Can Guillermo Zaragoza turn things around?
Medeama has hit top form, enjoying 6 matches unbeaten run (3W,3D), with one game in hand. They lost this fixture home and away last season. Do you remember that epic 5-4 encounter at Sogakope last season? Daniel Lomotey scored four good goals. It was a great game by all standards. A whole lot has changed for the two teams.
Medeama has won back to back games. Full of confidence and can continue their unbeaten run.
7. Ashanti Gold S.C vs Accra Great Olympics
The cracks are still there for Ashgold, with many inconsistencies to be dealt with. They suffered their first home defeat against in-form Aduana Stars. The Miners secured a double victory over Olympics last season and will love to have the same scoreline over their opponents.
Annor Walker and his lads won 2-0 against Bibiani Gold stars in the must win the game on early Wednesday. It was their first win in 5 and they were looking uncertain in that period. Skipper Maxwell Nii Abbey Quaye is leading the Top Scorers chart with 7 goals. He is a game-changer and Ashgold should keep a close eye on him.
8. Karela vs Bechem United
Two teams that are only better at home. Bechem United has not savoured any victory in 18 away GPL games stretching from last season. They have impressively won all their home games this season and are leading the home league table with 12 points. They remain the only team to win all their home games. They are horrible in their away games.
Karela got humiliated by Dreams in the mid-week and will quickly want to get back to winning ways. They look very solid at CAM Park and should continue their unbeaten run in this fixture.
9. King Faisal vs Dreams FC
Both teams are dreaming. They are enjoying stellar campaigns. Dreams FC are the leading goal scoring team in the division (17 goals). All down to Fatau Ishahaku’s wonderful campaign. Ali Huzaifa got a brace in their 3-1 win against Karela.
Babes are topping the table thanks to a good start to the season. Goals will flow in this fixture. The two Ibrahims ( Zubairu, and Osman) are good forwards. They are leading this beautiful campaign for King Faisal. Coach Nurudeen Amadu is doing pretty well for King Faisal and deserve credit.
10. Pick of the Week.
• King Faisal vs Dreams:
The reason is simple, there will be talented youngsters in the game. Philimon Baffour, Fatau Ishahaku are all Black Stars materials. Ibrahim Zubairu recently got a call up to the Black Satellites. Ibrahim Osman, Ali Huzaif and Agyenim Boateng Mensah are all very good footballers. Expect an entertaining and sensational fixture.