GPL Preview: Hearts of Oak vs Kotoko – Hearts, Kotoko renew rivalry in ‘El Clasico’

Hearts of Oak will host Asante Kotoko in the 103rd league game between the two giants at the Accra Sports Stadium on Monday May 2.

The Phobians for the past six seasons have not won a league game against Asante Kotoko at the Accra Sports Stadium.

It will be the game the fans and the connoisseurs have been waiting for since the 2016 Ghana Premier League commenced, but both sides are not on the same level regarding their respective performances in the on-going campaign.

The Phobians are having bright start to the league for the first time in seven seasons. The current resurgence of the Accra giants have been credited to Coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi who is currently been regarded as one of the best coaches in the league.

Hearts of Oak after nine league games have amassed 18 points and they occupy the second position on the log sheet. In their last league game they recorded a convincing 1-2 win over Ashanti Gold in Obuasi.

For Asante Kotoko they have been inconsistent in the league. They were very poor in their first six games but they returned to winning ways by recording back to back victories against Liberty Professionals and Dreams FC.

At a point the club’s fans thought Kotoko have regained their old form. They were however stunned 0-1 by New Edubiase at their own backyard in their last league game.

On paper it shows clear that currently Hearts of Oak are favourites ahead of Asante Kotoko but matches between the two sides are very dicey.

In-form Hearts of Oak forward Cosmos Dauda ahead of Monday’s clash told Pulse.com.gh that it will be a tough game but he is sure of his side’s victory.

“Kotoko is a big club and that will make the game very tough but I’m sure that we will beat them for the three points.

“We have come a long way and there is no turning back, we are psyched up for the game. We are not going to be complacent because of the form of Kotoko, we want to win the game and that is our focus.”

But Asante Kotoko versatile defender Tuffuor Frimpong is unperturbed regarding Hearts of Oak’s form.

“Hearts of Oak are doing well and there is no doubt about that. We are not bothered about their form, we have a game plan and we will march them boot for boot.

“We lost our last game and we need to react quickly and that is beating Hearts of Oak so that we can put smiles on the faces of our supporters,” he told Pulse.com.gh.

MATCH FACTS

Hearts of Oak have battled Asante Kotoko 102 times in the Ghana Premier League. The Phobians have won 34, drawn 36 and lost 32 times.

Since the start of Professional League in Ghana in 1993/1994, the two sides have met 41 times. Hearts of Oak have picked 15 wins, lost 9 and drawn 17 times. In that period the Accra giants have scored 47 goals as against Kotoko’s 38.

HEAD TO HEAD

1993 / 1994

Hearts 0-0 Kotoko
Kotoko 0-0 Hearts

1994 / 1995

Hearts 2:1 Kotoko
Kotoko 3:1 Hearts

1995 / 1996

Kotoko 2:1 Hearts
Hearts 3:3 Kotoko

1996 / 1997

Kotoko 1:2 Hearts
Hearts 1:1 Kotoko

1997 / 1998

Hearts 1:1 Kotoko
Kotoko 2:2 Hearts

1998 / 1999

Kotoko 0:1 Hearts
Hearts 2:0 Kotoko

2000

Hearts 4:0 Kotoko
Kotoko 1:1 Kotoko

2001

Hearts 2:1 Kotoko
Kotoko 2:0 Hearts

2002

Kotoko 1:1 Hearts
Hearts 3:0 Kotoko

2003

Hearts 0:0 Kotoko
Hearts 1:1 kotoko

2004 (Over All Decider Between Zone A and Zone B

Hearts 1: 0 Kotoko

2005

Kotoko 3:1 Hearts
Hearts 1:1 Kotoko

2006 / 2007

Kotoko 0:1 Hearts
Hearts 3:1 Kotoko

2007 / 2008

Hearts 0:0 Kotoko
Kotoko 3:3 Hearts

2008 / 2009

Kotoko 1:2 Hearts
Hearts 0:1 Kotoko

2009 / 2010

Hearts 1:0 Kotoko
Kotoko 0:1 Hearts

2010 / 2011

Kotoko 0:1 Hearts
Hearts 0:2 Kotoko

2011 / 2012

Hearts 0:0 Kotoko
Kotoko 2:1 Hearts

2012 / 2013

Hearts 0:0 Kotoko
Kotoko 1:1 Hearts

2013 / 2014

Hearts 0:1 Kotoko
Kotoko 0:0 Hearts

2014 / 2015

Kotoko 0:1 Hearts
Hearts 1:2 Kotoko

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