KOTOKO – ASHANTIGOLD
Easily my game of the week! Kotoko-AsahntiGold games are played more for pride than points. Kokoto have always sought to silence their noisy neighbours who are hard to suppress. Kotoko plays well these days. One can be sure that either Nathaniel Asamoah, Daniel Nii Adjei or Ahmed Toure will be on target. . On the side of AshantiGold, Ivorian Didier Kore and Mohammed Yakubu are not as prolific as the ‘Aboa Kesse’ family would expect of them. If crowd violence does not mar the beauty of the game, I expect a fiery first half dominated by Kotoko and a second half mainly played by AshantiGold. Kotoko are clear favourites. But many personal battles can be expected; top of which will be the Ivorian clash – Didier Kore vs Ahmed Toure.
ADUANA – MEDEAMA
Both clubs dropped valuable points last week and will be hoping to win some points this week. Last season when they met at this venue [Agyeman Badu Park], it was Aduana’s Daniel Darkwa who scored the only goal. Aduana are clear favourites for this game. Medeama will travel to Dormaa without their coach Bashir Hayford who has been asked to proceed on leave and may lose his job subsequently. There is however enough depth at Medeama to mount a face-saving challenge. Hans Kwofie, Jacob Asiedu and Louis Agyemag all have enough attacking potency to surprise Aduana’s king of the post Stephen Adam.
HEARTS OF OAK – MIGHTY JETS
After a spirited 1-1 draw against defending champions Berekum Chelsea least week, Mighty Jets have won enough respect for themselves. Jets will rely on the experience of Frank Osei and Winfred Dormon to mount a credible challenge. As for Accra Hearts of Oak, they will hope to find their cohesion and attacking bite this week. The last time the two sides met at Accra Sports Stadium, Hearts of Oak were 2-1 winners. Abraham Annan and Uriah Asante scored for Hearts, while Winfred Dormon got a consolation. On current form, the two sides appear to be evenly matched. A draw will not come as a surprise.
WASSAMAN UTD – BEREKUM ARSENALS
Although Wassaman could not withstand the might of Heart of Lions last week, the may be able to overcome Berekum Arsenals who have not been playing well this season. If Wassaman should win however, I expect a narrow margin. It is hard to see Berekum Arsenal going home with more than one point.
EDUBIASE – HEART OF LIONS
At the Adu Gyamfi Park in Bekwai, New Edubiase FC are virtually unbeatable. Last season, they lost only once on home grounds, scoring 20 goals and conceding 10. The last time both sides met at Bekwai, Alhassan Nuhu and Emmanuel Baffoe were on target for Edubiase with Gladson Awako scoring a consolation goal. Edubiase have got to be favourites for this match. Even though they appear to be missing goalkeeper Collins Addo, who has moved to Berekum Chelsea, striker Emmanuel Baffoe’s form should be enough to win them the game.
DWARFS – BECHEM UTD
During the pre-season, it was clear to me that Dwarfs is a team that will struggle this season. It came as a big surprise when they traveled to Obuasi to get a draw against AshantiGold SC. The Dwarfs strikers are wasteful and may not be able to score more than two goals against Bechem Utd. What they lack in defense, Bechem they make up in attack. They may have lost to Edubiase last week, but we cannot ignore the fact that they were the only home side to score more than one goal. I expect a Bechem to trouble Dwarfs and likely steal a win. Dwarfs may however force a draw if forwards like Nicholas Gyan, Seidu Bancy and Bismark Asiedu will reduce their wastefulness in front of goal.
WA ALL STARS – TEMA YOUTH
Back from relegation, Tema Youth will test the strength of their new-found confidence after they were able to hold giants Kotoko to a 1-1 draw last week. Their egos are however likely to be sorely deflated by the in-form Wa All Stars. Frank Sarfo Gyamfi, Frank Sowah Nortey, Adinan Saeed and Joshua Otoo of Wa All Stars may prove too powerful in attack for Tema Youth’s unsung hero; goalkeeper Joseph Halm. I expect an easy victory for Wa All Stars even though Tema Youth will have enough material to mount a decent challenge
BEREKUM CHELSEA – LIBERTY PROS.
Liberty were the best away performers last season; losing only 5 times on the road. Last season when Liberty went to Berekum, the league champions proved too strong for them. Emmanuel Clottey and Mohammed Abdul Basit were on target for Berekum Chelsea with no response from Liberty. A similar fate awaits Liberty this week at Berekum. Chelsea have spent too much money this season and will be desperate to prove a point. Liberty are going to really struggle to contain the league champions. I am predicting Berekum Chelsea to win this game by a big margin.