GPL Preview: Ashanti Gold vs Hearts – Miners welcome Phobians at Len Clay

Ashanti Gold will take on Hearts of Oak on match day 9 of the 2016 Ghana Premier League at the Obuasi Len Caly Sports Stadium.

The Miners after 8 games are 10th position with 10 points while the Phobians sit at the second position with 15 points.

The defending league champions ended their six games winless streak after beating New Edubiase 2-1 last Wednesday in the Adansi derby, for the Phobians they are now without a win in four games in all competition – they were held 1-1 at home by WAFA in their last Premier League game.

The Obuasi based club before their win against New Edubiase were struggling in the league. Due to that some of the club’s fans called for the sack of coach Bashir Hayford, but it looks like the Edubiase win has extinguished the fire coming from the fans.

After a blossom start to the League, the Phobians have now shot themselves in the foot as off-field (non-payment of salaries to coaches and players) incidents are currently affecting the team on the field of play.

Despite Hearts of Oak’s  problems, they are the only team in the League yet to lose an away game after picking two wins and two draws.

With the impressive away record of the Accra giants, Ashanti Gold must dig deep to beat  the Phobians and their midfielder Alhassan Nuhu says Hearts of Oak will fall.

“We know Hearts of Oak have a strong team and they are very good in the second half.  We know the strategy that we will take into the game to beat them and I believe they will fall on Sunday,” Nuhu told Pulse.com.gh.

“[The win against] Edubiase will be a morale booster for us because prior to that game, we played six games without a win and picking that win means that the pressure on the team has come down,” he added.

Hearts of Oak are on four games without a win, the Phobians are much prepared to end their winless streak and Ibrahim Musah who has scored three goals in the ongoing campaign believes that they have the men to win at Obuasi.

“Four games without a win is very disturbing, Obuasi is a very difficult grounds, but we are not worried regarding the threat they will pose.

“We have a good team and we are much prepared to end our winless streak,” Musah told Pulse.com.gh

Match facts

The two teams have played each other 40 times since the inception of the Professional League in 1993.

Hearts have won 17 times as against Ashanti Gold’s 13 with 10 games ending in draw.

73 goals have been scored in this fixture, Hearts have scored 41 goals whilst Ashanti Gold has converted 32 times.

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