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Berekum Chelsea host Asante Kotoko, Legon Cities battle Great Olympics in Premier League showdown on Saturday

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Berekum Chelsea vs Asante Kotoko - 15:00 GMT,  Berekum, StarTimes Adepa channel 247 

A reinvigorated Asante Kotoko side vying for a top-four finish, travel to the Golden City park to face Berekum Chelsea on matchday-30 of the Ghana Premier League on Saturday.

The Porcupine Warriors emerged triumphant in their a 2-0 win at home in their last encounter, while the Blues suffered a 3-0 defeat at home to Hearts of Oak.

Kotoko will be aiming to continue their resurgence when play they as guest of Berekum Chelsea on Saturday May 18, 2024.

The record Ghana Premier League holders have amassed an impressive seven points from nine after two wins and a draw catapulted them to 10th on the League table.

A win over league leaders FC Samartex 1996 and Legon Cities sandwiched by a draw at defending champions Medeama SC, appears to have turned the corner for the once struggling giants.

With just a point separating the two sides, an absorbing contest is envisaged at the Golden City park on Saturday as they go at each other with five matches to end the campaign.

Chelsea will be desperate to return to winning ways after their 3-0 drubbing at home to giants Hearts of Oak in their last Premier League encounter.

Samuel Boadu will need his crop rejuvenated for the epic and must-win game against the Porcupine Warriors at home to avoid back-to-back defeats in the league.

Berekum Chelsea after 29 matches are 8th on the table with 41 points, having won 2 and suffered 3 defeats in their last 5 games.

They have managed to secure 30 points at home, scoring 17 and conceding just 7. They are ranked as the 6th best home performers in the league this season. Chelsea have lost just twice at home in this campaign against Nsoatreman FC and Hearts of Oak.

Asante Kotoko sit 10th on the table with 40 points from 29 matches with 1 point adrift the host. They’ve recorded 2 wins, drawn once and suffered 2 defeats in their last 5 outings. The Porcupine Warriors have accumulated 16 points, scored 14 and conceded 16 in the process.

They are the second best away performers in the league. Kotoko are winless in their last 5 consecutive games away from home.

Berekum Chelsea have played Asante Kotoko three times at home in the league since 2020/21 season with Berekum Chelsea winning one and drawing two.

In the 2020/21 season, Berekum Chelsea drew 1-1 with Asante Kotoko, drew goalless in the 2021/22 season before recording a 3-0 victory in the 2022/23 season.

Stephen Amankonah is a joint top scorer (12) in the league and will be available for the game on Saturday and hope to extend his goal tally.

Other players like Collins Ameyaw, Lord Amoah, Patrick Asiedu, Yaw Dankwah, Zakaria Fuseini, Hubert Gyau, Shaibu Haruna, Afriyie Mezack, Emmanuel Sarpong, Ahmed Adams, Vincent Adjei and Awuah Dramani are available for selection.

Stephen Mukwala Desse has banged in 11 league goals for Asante Kotoko and is expected to start the game on Saturday.

The likes of Peter Acquah, Yahaya Baba, Emmanuel Kotei, Henry Ansu, Nicholas Bonsu, Nurudeen Mohammed, Sherif Mohammed, Enock Morrison, Andrews Ntim, Serge Zeze and Rocky Dwamena are all available for the game.

Legon Cities vs Accra Great Olympics - 15:00 GMT, Dawu

Accra Great Olympics will need to pull the chestnut out of the blazing fire in their bid to avoid the drop when they travel to Dawu to battle Legon Cities on Saturday.

Olympics suffered a damaging 1-0 defeat to defending champions Medeama in their last encounter, while Cities lost 2-0 at Asante Kotoko to set the stage for an epic redemption top-tier match.

Cities are smarting from their 2-1 defeat to Nsoatreman FC in the semi-finals of the MTN FA Cup and will be eager for a win to help improve their top-flight status.

Great Olympics, who are just a point above the relegation zone, are aware any further slips could prove detrimental to their survival in the Ghanaian elite division.

The Royals have won back-t0-back at home and will hope to add the visitors to the list of their victims at the Theatre of Dreams - where the have remained unbeaten.

Legon Cites are 12th on the table with 38 points from 28 matches, having won 2, drawn 1 and suffered 2 defeats in their last 5 matches.

They have managed to accumulate 30 points at home in this campaign, scoring 19 and conceding 12. They are the 7th best home side in the league so far. The Royals are unbeaten in their last 5 home games.

Great Olympics sit 14th on the table with 33 points after 28 matches and are unbeaten in their last 5 games. The Dade Boys have recorded 9 points away from home, scored 5 and conceded 16 goals. They are the 7th weakest away side this season. The Accra based are winless in their last 5 away games and are the second club with the least number of goals scored in away (5).

Both sides have one outstanding game to play against Dreams FC.

It’s a clash between the 7th best home side and the 7th weakest away side.

Legon Cities have played Great Olympics three times at home in the league since 2020/21 season with Legon Cities winning two and losing one.

In the 2020/21 season,  Legon Cities beat Great Olympics 2-0, lost 0-1 in the 2021/22 season before recording a 2-0 victory in the 2022/23 season.

Legon Cities can rely on key players likes Kwabena Boateng, William Adjei, Fredrick Akatuk, Frank Akoto, Alidu Mohammed, Joseph Mereku, Mohammed Suleman, Kamal Suraje, Samuel Tenedu, Albert Yeboah and Stephen Blankson.

Great Olympics can count on Emmanuel Antwi, Emmanuel Akesseh, Albert Amoah, Samuel Ashie-Quaye, Kekeli Attor, Raymond Grippman, Razak Kasim, Christopher Nettey, Yussif Razak, Ebenezer Sekyere and Mathew Abayase.