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Ghana Premier League Sunday preview: What to look out for

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GoldStars FC vs Dreams FC: 15:00GMT, Bibiani

Bibiani GoldStars FC welcome Dreams FC to the Duns park in Bibiani in an epic Ghana Premier League match on Sunday.

GoldStars will be desperate to return to winning ways after their 4-0 demolishing at Nsoatreman FC last weekend.

Coach Frimpong Manso's men have their work cut out for them when they entertain the Believers at home.

Dreams FC are just two points above the relegation zone and will be aiming to put up a big performance away from home to cushion their quest for survival.

Karim Zito's 2-1 defeat at home to Heart of Lions, means the visitors must pull the chestnut out of the blazing fire to get at least a point on the road.

Bibiani Gold Stars sit 11th on the table with 40 points from 30 matches, having won 1, drawn 2 and suffered 2 defeats in their last 5 league games.

The miners have managed to accumulate 31 points at home, scored 30 and conceded 15.  They are ranked as the 7th best home performers in the league currently.

The are unbeaten in their last eight home league games with a winning streak of seven matches.

Dreams FC who lie 14th on the league table, have two outstanding matches to clear against Real Tamale United and Accra Great Olympics.

They’ve won 2, drawn 1 and suffered 2 defeats in their last 5 league games.

The Still Believe lads have managed to secure 10 points away from home so far in this campaign, scoring 8 and conceding 17.

Abdul Karim Zito’s side drew their last away league game against Bofoakwa Tano at the Coronation Park.

It’s a cracker between sides that scores more and concedes more; Bibiani Gold Stars (36:37) and Dreams FC (30:30).

Bibiani Gold Stars have played Dreams FC twice at home in the league after joining the top-flight in the 2021/22 season with Gold Stars winning one and losing one.

In the 2021/22 season, Bibiani Gold Stars beat Dreams FC 1-0 and lost 0-1 in the 2022/23 season.

Prince Kwabena Owusu, Alex Aso and Appiah McCarthy have scored a combined 20 goals for Gold Stars and are all available for the game on Sunday. Other players like Frank Amankwah, Samuel Amofa, Gideon Anaba, Vincent Atingah, William Dankyi, Ronald Frimpong, Charles Gyamfi, Adraman Yahaya, Emmanuel Appau and Bernard Asare could all be available.

Dreams FC can count on Agyenim Boateng Mensah, Abdul Aziz Issah, Dede Ishmael, Joseph Esso, Seth Agyemang, Mohammed Abubakar, Emmanuel Yeboah Dankwah, Francis Odoom, Ebenezer Adade, John Antwi, Enoch Abu, Derrick Agyei and Emmanuel Agyei.

Accra Great Olympics vs Berekum Chelsea: 15:00GMT, Accra

Accra Great Olympics' four year stay in the Ghanaian top-flight hangs in the balance as they host Berekum Chelsea in the capital on Sunday.

Olympics, who have one outstanding match, must produce a positive result against the Blues at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The home side who are lying 16th on the league table with 33 points, are faced with a must-win encounter to help their push for survival.

Berekum Chelsea will be aiming to record back-to-back wins after their late 2-1 win over Asante Kotoko last weekend.

Samuel Boadu's men needed Mezack Afriyie's injury-time winner against the Porcupine Warriors at the Golden City park to seal victory.

However, they come up against a wounded Great Olympics side desperate to turn the corner after a difficult campaign.

Olympics have recorded just one win in their last 10 league games. They’ve managed to secure 24 points at home, scoring 14 and conceding 7.

The Wonder Club are ranked as the 4th weakest home side in this campaign. Jimmy Cobblah's side head into this fixture with a defeat in their last home game against defending champions Medeama SC. They are the third club with the least goals conceded at home. They have one outstanding game to play against Dreams FC.

Berekum Chelsea have won 2 and suffered 3 defeats in their last 5 games. They are 8th on the table with 44 accumulated points after 30 matches. Berekum Chelsea are ranked among the top ten best away performers in the league. Chelsea have managed to secure 11 points away from home, scored 11 and conceded 27 goals. They are winless in their last 6 away games and the second most conceded away side.

Great Olympics have played Berekum Chelsea three times at home in the league since 2020/21 season with Great Olympics winning all.

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

Great Olympics can rely on Albert Amoah, Gladson Awako, Raymond Grippman, Razak Kasim, Mathew Abayase, Emmanuel Akesseh, Godfred Asiamah, Kekeli Attor, Richard Botchway, Festus Nyarko, Sahadu Sulley, Yusif Razak and Ebenezer Sekyere for the match on Sunday.

Stephen Amankonah is the current top scorer in the league with 13 goals and will be available for the game as well as Afriyie Mezack, Patrick Ansu, Zakaria Fuseini, Hubert Gyau, Lord Amoah, Yaw Dankwah, Shaibu Haruna, Ahmed Adams, Vincent Adjei, Collins Ameyaw, Awuah Dramani and Kuffour Asamoah.

Bofoakwa Tano vs Medeama SC 

Bofoakwa Tano will aim to take the survival race down to the wire as they battle to extend their top-flight stay beyond a single season when they welcome Medeama SC to the Coronation park in Sunyani.

Bofo are deeply involved in the relegation dog-fight and will do their quest for survival a lot of good with a win against the defending champions.

The home side are smarting from their 3-0 defeat at league leaders FC Samartex 1996 and will be eager to come of their blocks as they  continue their push for survival.

Medeama needed Diawise Taylor's first half spot kick to beat basement club Real Tamale United 1-0 at the Akoon Community park in Tarkwa to move back into the top four.

Bosnian Nebojsa Kapor will be demanding a lot more from his Medeama players ahead of their trip to the Bono Region where they have performed abysmally over the years.

Bofoakwa Tano are 17th on the table with 33 points after 30 matches and are winless in their last 5 league games. The Bofo lads have recorded 23 points at home, scoring 11 and conceding 11.

John Eduafo’s side are unbeaten in their last 5 home games and are the weakest home side after matchday30 in this campaign.

Medeama SC have recorded 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat in their last 5 outings. The Mauve and Yellow are 4th on the table with 46 points from 30 matches. They’ve recorded 12 points away from home, scored 10 and conceded 18.

Medeama SC head into the game with a victory in their last away game against Great Olympics at the Accra Sports Stadium. They are ranked as the 7th best away side in the league currently.

Bofoakwa Tano are yet to host defending champions Medeama SC at home in the league after gaining promotion into the top-flight in the 2023/24 campaign.

Bofoakwa Tano skipper Saaka Dauda has netted 8 goals in the league so far and will be available for the clash on Sunday.

Other player to watch include, Aboagye Dacosta, Emmanuel Agyenim Boateng, Elijah Addai, Ali Alhassan, Clinton Baffour, Emmanuel Ankrah, Elvis Opoku, Andrews Appau, Issac Baffoe, Solomon Obilitey and Steven Owusu.

Medeama SC star man Kamaradini Mamudu, who is a defender, has been very prolific in front of goal in this campaign and is expected to start the game on Sunday. Godfred Abban, Diawisie Tyalor, Derrick Fordjour, Kofi Asmah, Fatawu Sulemana, Michael Enu, Bernardinho Tetteh, Nurudeen Abdulai, Dennis Adoma, Joshua Agyemang, Kelvin Nkrumah and Emmanuel Cudjoe are all available for selection.

Real Tamale United vs Legon Cities: 15:00GMT, Nalerigu

Basement club Real Tamale United (RTU) have their work cut out for them when they host Legon Cities at the Naa Sheriga Sports Complex in Nalerigu on Sunday.

RTU are rocked-bottom and faces relegation to the country's second-tier league following an unflattering campaign this term.

They lost 1-0 at defending champions Medeama SC at the Akoon Community park to compound their woes with four matches left to end the season.

Assistant coach, Hamza Alhassan Iddi, who has replaced his boss Abdul Mumin, is tasked with staging a sensational fight to avoid the drop from the league.

Legon Cities, who have secured their top-flight status, will be aiming to cement their position to avoid any last minute surprises.

Paa Kwesi Fabin's young troops will attempt to pick at least a point on the road they make the long journey up North.

Real Tamale United after 30 matches are at the bottom of the table with 28 accumulated points, having won 2 and suffered 3 defeats in their last 5 games.

The Tamale lads have managed to secure 25 points at home, scoring 18 and conceding 15 in the process. Real Tamale United have conceded the most goals in the league so far (48).

They head into this fixture with a victory in their last home league game against leaders FC Samartex 1996. The Tamale based are the 5th ranked club with the least points accumulated at home.

Legon Cities have recorded 3 wins and suffered 2 defeats in their last 5 encounters. They are currently 9th on the table with 41 points after 30 appearances in this campaign.

The Royals have accumulated 8 points away from home, scoring 6 and conceding a whopping 19 goals, and ranked as the second weakest away side this season.

Coach Kwesi Fabin’s side have lost their last 5 consecutive away games. Both clubs have one outstanding game each to play against Dreams FC.

Real Tamale United have played Legon Cities twice at home in the league after returning into the Premiership in the 2021/22 season with Real Tamale United drawing one and losing one.

In the 2021/22 season, Real Tamale United drew goalless against Legon Cities and suffered a 0-1 defeat in the 2022/23 season.

Real Tamale United talisman Mohammed Mankuyeli will be available for this clash on Sunday. Abdul Aziz, Mohammed Idriss, Baba Kushibo, Faisal Gariba, Asuno Adjetey, Iddrisu Gadafi, Alhassan Musa, Lord Adabo, Abdul Sayibu, Mustapha Fuseini and Abu Abdallah are all fit and ready for the game.

Legon Cities can count on Kwabena Boateng, Alidu Mohammed, Joseph Mereku, Frank Antwi, William Adjei, Kamal Suraje, Samuel Tenedu, Frank Akoto, Fredrick Akatuk, Mohammed Suleman, Nicholas Mensah and Albert Yeboah, who are all available for the game on Sunday.

Heart of Lions vs FC Samartex 1996

FC Samartex 1996, who are already sailing off into the title sunset, travel to Heart of Lions, who are desperate to bag a win and enhance their survival prospects.

The Timber giants are two wins away from being declared champions after what has been a remarkable campaign for the Aboi-based side.

Nurudeen Amadu is on the cusp of a historic feat with FC Samartex after guiding them to what appears their first major silverware since they joined the Ghanaian elites just two seasons ago.

This weekend's affair against Heart of Lions is an explosive one given the dynamics and circumstances of the two combatants.

Lions, who are just two points above the relegation zone, produced an impressive performance to win 2-1 at Dreams FC and will be aiming to make it back-to-back successes.

Veteran coach Bashir Hayford is determined to guide Lions to safety and will need to grind a positive result against the league leaders on Sunday in Kpando.

Heart of Lions are 14th on the table with 35 accumulated points after 30 matches, having won 3, drawn 1 and lost 1 in their last 5 outings.

The Kpando based side have managed to secure 27 points at home, scored 18 and conceded 8. They are unbeaten in their last 5 consecutive home league matches.

League leaders FC Samartex 1996 after have accumulated 55 points, having won 3 and suffered 2 defeats in their last 5 league games. The Timber Giants are winless in their last 5 away matches.

They’ve recorded 13 points away from home so far, scoring 10 and conceding 16 goals. FC Samartex 1996 are the 6th best away side in this campaign.

Nurudeen Amadu’s side have scored the most goals in the league this season (40), Heart of Lions have also scored 27 and conceded 27 in the process.

Heart of Lions are yet to host league leaders FC Samartex 1996 at home in the league after returning into the top tier in the 2023/24 season.

Lions skipper Ebenezer Abban has banged in 7 league goals and is expected to start on Sunday as well as Emmanuel Sakyi, Mustapha Yakubu, Ruben Hennessy, Mohaison Mahmoud, Christian Boateng, Yaw Danso, Bismarck Anim, Kwesi Pong, Ishmael Addo, Akwasi Duah and Abdul Ocansey.

FC Samartex goes into the game with quality players like, Evans Osei Wusu, Baba Musa, Emmanuel Keyekeh, Ebenezer Acquah, Desmond Gyabeng, Emmanuel Boakye Owusu, Francis Gyetuah, James Sewornu, Ebenezer Ocran, Micheal Epshon, Emmanuel Adu Siaw and Emmanuel Mamah are all available and ready for the game.

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