GPL Preview: Aduana vs Hearts of Oak – Phobians visit Dormaa for top-of-the-table clash

Aduana Stars will welcome league leaders Hearts of Oakto the Dormaa Park on Sunday in the top of the table clash on match day 13 of the 2016 Ghana Premier League.

The Dormaa based side are currently at the second position on the log sheet with 22 points while the Phobians top the table with 24 points.

A win for the host will take them to the first position. The Phobains will stretch their lead at the top if they beat the Dormaa based club.

Adauana Stars who lost their first two opening games are now one of the dangerous sides in the Ghana Premier League as they have recorded five-straight wins since the Croatian tactician Cioba Aristica got appointed as the club’s head coach after the departure of Nuru Ahmed.

The ‘Ogya lads’ in the ongoing campaign are the top scored team with 18 goals and their leading attacker Yaya Mohammed has netted nine goals. Aduana last home game they struck four times against Dreams FC

But their recent resurgence will be put to the sword by Hearts of Oak who are yet to lose an away game – winning four and drawing two. The Phobians last away game they ended Berekum Chelsea’s 42 games unbeaten run with a 1-0 win.

Aduana Stars winger Sampson Boampong a.k.a ‘Dormaa Messi’ ahead of the game spoke to Pulse.com.gh.

“We are ready for Hearts of Oak. They are in good shape but we will tame them in Dormaa because we want to end their unbeaten away run.

“The three points means a lot to us because if we win we will be going top of the table. We will not give them any chance; we will go all out for the win. The fans should come in their numbers because we will not disappoint them.”

But Hearts of Oak midfielder Mustapah Essuman is optimistic of the Phobians chances on Sunday.

“Sunday’s game will be a tough game. We are not going to relinquish our top spot to Aduana. We will match them boot for boot because we have the players to do that.

“We want to keep our unbeaten away run. Aduana will attack us because they will be playing at home but with the technical direction from our coaches we will curtail their movement and beat them for the three points,” Essuman opined toPulse.com.gh.

The official kick off time is 3:15pm (15:15GMT) and it will be live on Supersport channel 9.

Match facts

The two sides have met 12 times since Aduana Stars got promoted into the Ghana Premier League in the 2009/10 season.

The Phobians have won five, lost two, and five games have ended in a draw. 17 goals have been scored in this fixture. Hearts of Oak lead the way with 10 goals as against Aduana’s 7.

HEAD TO HEAD

2009 / 2010

Aduana 1-0 Hearts
Hearts 1-0 Aduana

2010 / 2011

Aduana 0-0 Hearts
Hearts 1-0 Aduana

2011 / 2012

Hearts 0-0 Aduana
Aduana 0-1 Hearts

2012 / 2013

Hearts 1-1 Aduana
Aduana 0-0 Hearts

2013 / 2014

Hearts 2-2 Aduana
Aduana 0-1 Hearts

2014/2015

Hearts 3 – 2 Aduana

Aduana 1 – 0 Hearts

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