Ghana Glo Premier League resumes this weekend with some exciting encounters. Here is a preview:
Arsenals were completely demolished by 5-0 the last time they visited Dwarf. Michael Nsaidoo, Seidu Bancy, Nicholas Gyan and Bismark Asiedu were the marksmen. Even though this season the Dwarfs strikers have been completely inefficient, they have scored in all games so far this season. They have enough power to beat the struggling Arsenals. The best Arsenals can do is to pull a surprise draw if back-to-base winger James Buadu gets his best game.
ASANTE KOTOKO vs HEART OF LIONS
In time past, this game would have been a very competitive and hard-fought battle. This season however, the gulf in class between the two clubs is quite huge. Kotoko [Porcupine Warriors] is playing some exciting football while Heart of Lions are struggling to win even at home. The Lions attack is weak and their lateral defenders leak. If Maxwell Konadu puts some of his exciting wingers on the Lions’ lateral defenders, then the Lion is going to be tamed. A big win for Kotoko is to be expected.
ADUANA vs ASHANTIGOLD SC
Youth player Alexander Aryee scored the only goal for Aduana when these two defense-minded clubs met last season. This year, Aduana is playing better than AshantiGold; probably because AshantiGold coach Zdravko Logarusic still has to find the best starting eleven for his team which has some exciting new players. Should AshantiGold’s new midfield dynamo, Aaron Amoah, continue with his scoring form then Aduana are in for a surprise home loss in spite of their well-oiled defense. That said Aduana looks like clear favourites for this game.
LIBERTY PROFESSIONALS vs TEMA YOUTH
This is the battle of two struggling sides. Both teams have lost twice on a row in their last two games. Tema Youth in particular is yet to win a game this season. The Tema team promised so much before the start of the season and may be under pressure to deliver. Unfortunately, I cannot see them upstaging Liberty at Dansoman. A narrow win by Libery can be expected.
WASSAMAN vs HEARTS OF OAK
Last week, a blunder from experienced goal keeper Sammy Adjei cost Wassaman dearly. Adjei, who is himself a Hearts of Oak legend, might feel he has what it takes to stop his former club. Even though they are on a rebuilding mission, Hearts of Oak should have an emotional reason to overcome Wassaman. They are close to their centenary anniversary and would want to enter the celebrations on the back of a good run. I predict a narrow win by Hearts of Oak.
EDUBIASE vs MIGHTY JETS
The last time their paths crossed at the Gyamfi Park, Mighty Jets earned themselves a well-deserved draw. This season, the scripts are different. Edubiase is on some lethal form, while Mighty Jets has packed its team with players of experience and class. So, experience will meet form at Adu Gyamfi Park this week. I tip Edubiase to outrun, outplay and outscore Mighty Jets.
WA ALL STARS vs BECHEM UTD
Bechem may be struggling to find wins this season, but it must be noted that they do not struggle to score. Their problem however is in defense. With this kind of weak defense, I cannot see how they will overcome Wa All Stars at Wa. I predict a good win for Wa All Stars.
BEREKUM CHELSEA vs MEDEAMA
Had Emmanuel Banahene not missed a penalty, Berekum Chelsea would have beaten Medeam by two goals after Bismark Idan scored the opener for the title holders in their last league encounter. Then in the Glo G8 preseason tournament, Chelsea once again beat Medeama 1-0 to lift the trophy. Both teams have enough potential to sell an exciting game, but somehow they are struggling to find their rhythm with only one win each after three games. Chelsea might come playing through the ‘hole’ while Medeama will fly on the wings. A draw is on the cards… may the better side win.