ADUANA – MIGHTY JETS
Normally, one should confidently predict that Mighty Jets will pose no challenge to the home side. The trouble with Aduana is that even at home they have not been able to win games. When they met last season at Dormaa, Nurudine Ali gave Aduana a deserving 1-0 win. This scoreline is very likely to be repeated.
LIBERTY PROS. – BEREKUM ARSENALS
Something is not right with Arsenals. The once pompous club has picked just 5 points out of a possible 21. Liberty has on the other hand not just doubled that effort, but they are on record as having the most lethal home scoring form. This puts Berekum Arsenals in a quite a precarious position. Even though both teams shared the spoils last season in a 1-1 draw, I fancy Liberty beating the beleaguered Berekum side by a wide margin.
MEDEAMA SC – HEART OF LIONS
Wonderkid Jacob Asiedu Apau opened the scoring for Medeama before Gladson Awako (now with Berekum Chelsea) saved Heart of Lions’ blushes with an equalizer when these clubs met last season. This far, these two clubs appear to be evenly matched and headed for another drawn game. In spite of what the statistics say, my gut feeling is that Medeama will find enough strength within themselves to see off the Lions challenge.
TEMA YOUTH – BECHEM UTD
Has the relegation battle started for these two clubs already? It might be early days, but I can see at least one of these clubs getting relegated and the outcome of this game being one of those deciders. Bechem Utd should have the scoring advantage over Tema Youth. Although the team from Tema play more beautifully, their conversion rate leaves a lot to be desired. Tema Youth may be terrible in front of goal, but they make up for it with a decent defense; something which is lacking at Bechem. So it might come down to home advantage for Tema Youth.
DWARFS – EDUBIASE FC
New Edubiase’ inconsistency and lack of attacking depth is beginning to show. They radiated so much hope this season, but at this rate, they may end up as a mid-table mediocre team. Meanwhile, Dwarfs are overachieving this year having played 7 games without a loss. Playing at home should give Dwarfs the advantage over Edubiase, but they will record their first defeat if they do not cut down their attacking inefficiencies and also stop Emmanuel Baffuor from scoring.
ASANTE KOTOKO – WASSAMAN UTD
You’ve got to feel sorry for Wassaman Utd, as if having a weak team is not enough, they have had to face one giant after the other. Beginning from Match Day 4, they have had to play Hearts of Oak, Berekum Chelsea, Edubiase, Dwarfs and now the league leaders Asante Kotoko FC. There is no doubt Kotoko will win this. What is in doubt is the number of goals with which they will finish off this inexperienced Wassaman Utd side.
WA ALL STARS – HEARTS OF OAK
On current form alone, Wa All Stars and Accra Hearts of Oak appear equally matched. But there are venues in Ghana’s league where away clubs will not dare to dream of picking wins. The Wa Park happens to be one of them. Hence, when these clubs met at this venue last season, Godfred Kwame Gyasi’s lone goal gave Wa All Stars the maximum three points. I predict a similar scoreline on Match Day 8. It will take something special from Hearts of Oak to defeat Wa All Stars in Wa.
BEREKUM CHELSEA – ASHANTIGOLD
Even after referee S. B. Bortey sent off AshantiGold’s Daniel Djangma, the miners managed to hold the title holders to a 0-0 draw. Things are quite different this year. Magic-making Dutch coach Hans van der Plume has taken over the Chelsea hot seat and is already raking in the wins. At this rate, as the ancients will say, a camel will make it easier through the eye of a needle than AshantiGold can find a win at Berekum Golden City Park.