GPL Preview: B. Chelsea vs Hearts of Oak – Tough battle for the Phobians

Accra Hearts of Oak will be without Soulama Abdoulaye who is suspended for the game after picking up a red-card in the match with Kotoko.

Richard Yamoah (knee), Samudeen Ibrahim (ankle), Thomas Abbey (rib), Isaac Oduro (leg), Owusu Bempah (ankle) are all out of the game.

The duo of Emmanuel Sabahn Laryea and Ibrahim Musah are on national team duty with the local Black Stars in their friendly with the U-23 side of Japan and, will also miss the game.

But defender Musah Inusah has returned to full training and he is available for selection for the Phobians.

Berekum Chelsea will be without top scorer and captain Saddick Adams who is also with the local Black Stars.

Match Preview:

Accra Hearts of Oak will trek to the Brong Ahafo region to play as guests of Berekum Chelsea in a Match-Day 11 encounter of the ongoing Ghana Premier League (GPL) at the Berekum Golden City Park on Sunday.

The Phobians have a chance to recover quickly from the home defeat to Asante Kotoko last Monday in the ‘Super Clash’ in Accra by fighting to restore confidence and a morale-boosting victory in this game.

Hearts have not won at the home of Berekum Chelsea since their promotion to the GPL and will be out to break that record against the Ghanaian Blues.

Under Coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi, the Phobians have shown better resolve on the road than they have at home, posting victories at difficult venues as the Len Clay Stadium, Obuasi (2-1 over AshGold), 2-0 over Medeama SC at the T&A Park, Tarkwa and 3-2 over Inter Allies at Tema.

They remain the only unbeaten side away from home, and, will be eager to maintain that run with a good performance to boost.

The Golden City Park has been an unfavorable ground for Hearts with the best result so far being when the team picked up a point in their first ever trip against Berekum Chelsea.

Five consecutive defeats have followed with four of them coming at the Golden City Park.

Berekum Chelsea are placed sixth on the league log with 16 points, four places and two points behind the Phobians. They have won five, drawn, once, and lost four times in 10 games. They have a 100% record at home having beaten WAFA (1-0), Kotoko (2-0), Medeama (1-0), Aduana (1-0), and Dreams (3-0) at the Golden City Park.

Match Facts:

The two sides have met 14 times since Berekum Chelsea’s promotion in the 2008/09 season. Hearts have won four, drawn four, and lost six in the 14 league encounters against Berekum Chelsea.

33 goals have been scored in this fixture with the home side leading the way with 18 against Hearts’ 15 in 14 games.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Season/year                                                 Result

2008/09                                               Berekum Chelsea 2 – 0 Hearts

Hearts1 – 1 Berekum Chelsea

2009/10                                               Hearts 2 – 1 Berekum Chelsea

Berekum Chelsea 1 – 1 Hearts

2010/11                                               Hearts 1 – 1 Berekum Chelsea

Berekum Chelsea 1 – 0 Hearts

2011/12                                               Hearts 0 – 0 Berekum Chelsea

Berekum Chelsea 2 – 1 Hearts

2012/13                                               Berekum Chelsea 2 – 0 Hearts

Hearts 3 – 0 Berekum Chelsea

2013/14                                              Hearts 1 – 0 Berekum Chelsea

Berekum Chelsea 1 – 0 Hearts

2014/15                                               Berekum Chelsea 4 – 2 Hearts

Hearts 3 – 2 Berekum Chelsea

Match Officials:

REF: Ali Alhassan

ASST 1: Richard Appiah

ASST 2: Alhassan Yahaya

4TH REF: Fred Andoh

MC: Augustine Asante

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