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Premier League Saturday preview: Accra Lions FC host Dreams; RTU battle Asante Kotoko

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Accra Lions FC vs Dreams FC:  15:00GMT, Accra Sports Stadium, Accra 

Accra Lions welcome Dreams FC to the capital in the penultimate 2023-24 Ghana Premier League fixture on Saturday June 8, 2024.

Lions, who have secured another top-flight status, will aim to record their final home win of the season when they entertain the Believers at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Dreams held Accra Great Olympics in a pulsating 0-0 draw in an outstanding league match on Wednesday June 5, 2024 to jump to 12th on the table with 42 points with three more games left to spare including an outstanding match against Real Tamale United.

They have two home matches and an away fixture to wrap up the 2023024 Premier League season.

Accra Lions have won 2, drawn 2 and suffered 1 defeat in their last 5 outings. They are 5th on the league table with 48 accumulated points after 32 matches.

Lions  are the 10th best home performers in this campaign after recording 10 wins, 1 draw and 5 defeats in 16 appearances, scoring 23 and conceding 13 goals.

Coach Ibrahim Tanko’s side are unbeaten in their last 5 consecutive home league games without conceding.

Dreams FC with one outstanding game to play against Real Tamale United are currently 12th on the league table after 31 matches, having won 3 and suffered 2 defeats in their last 5 league matches.

The Believers have managed to accumulate 10 points away from home scoring 9 and conceding 19 in the process.

Abdul Karim Zito’s side are winless in their last 5 consecutive away games.

Accra Lions have played Dreams FC twice at home in the league since returning into the top-flight in the 2021/22 season with Accra Lions winning both encounters.

In the 2021/22 season, Accra Lions beat Dreams FC 1-0 and won 3-2 in the 2022/23 season.

Accra Lions boasts Mohammed Yahaya, Dominic Amponsah, Daniel Awuni, Blessing Dankwah, Ali Mohammed, Remember Adomako Boateng, Musa Hamzata, Sadat Seidu, David Oduro, Shawkan Mohammed, Issah Hussein and Bernard Kesse.

Dreams FC top scorers Abdul Aziz Issah and Asamoah Boateng Mensah are expected start the game on Saturday.

Godfred Atuahene, Daniel Agyei, Ofori McCarthy, Eric Boateng, Emmanuel Dankwah, Sulemana Suhiyini, Benjamin Bature, Seth Agyemang, Joseph Esso, Dede Ishmael, Ebenezer Adade, Francis Odoom and Emmanuel Agyei are all available for the game on Saturday.

Real Tamale United vs Asante Kotoko: 15:00GMT, Naa Sheriga Sports Complex; Nalerigu 

Real Tamale United (RTU) will host Asante Kotoko at the Naa Sheriga Sports Complex on Saturday June 8, 2024.

United, who are bottom of the table, will aim to win against the Porcupine Warriors to placate their fans amid a torrid campaign.

Anything apart from a win will confirm RTU's relegation to the second-tier of Ghanaian football next season.

Asante Kotoko will be keen to make a swift return to winning ways after losing 1-0 at home to Accra Great Olympics in their last encounter.

The record Ghana Premier League holders, who have missed out on the league crown, are placed 10th on the league table with 43 points.

RTU, who have an outstanding match against Dreams FC, are still bottom of the table with 31 accumulated points,  having won 2 and suffered 3 defeats in their last 5 outings.

The Tamale based have managed to secure 28 points at home, scoring 19 and conceding 15 goals. They are ranked as the 5th lowest performing side in this campaign.

The basement side have won 4 of their last 5 consecutive home games. Real Tamale United have conceded the most goals in the league this season (50).

Asante Kotoko are 10th on the league table after 32 matches with 43 points, having won 2, drawn 1 and suffered 2 defeats in their last 5 league games.

The Porcupine Warriors are ranked as the 3rd best away side in this campaign, after recording 4 wins, 4 draws and 8 defeats in 16 appearances with 16 points accumulated, scoring 15 and conceding 18.

The former Premier League champions are winless in their last 5 consecutive away league matches.

Real Tamale United have played Asante Kotoko twice at home in the league since returning into the top-flight in the 2021/22 season with the returnees winning both encounters.

In the 2021/22 season, Real Tamale United beat Asante Kotoko 2-1 and repeated same score line in the 2022/23 season.

Real Tamale United star man Mohammed Mankuyeli has scored 11  goals and will be available for the game on Saturday.

Other players like, Issah Ahmed, Mohammed Iddriss, Baba Kushibo, Faisal Gariba, Awudu Mohammed, Adams Hafiz, Abdul Sayibu, Asuno Adjetey, Husein Bilal, Lord Adabo, Abu Mohammed, Alhassan Musah and Jorge Renchi could all be available for selection on Saturday.

Stephen Mukwala Desse is the second top scorer in the league currently and will hope to extend his 14-goal tally on Saturday.

The likes of Justice Blay, Emmanuel Kotei, Enoch Morrison, Serge Eric Zeze, Andrews Ntim, Nicholas Bonsu, Yahaya Baba, Nurudeen Yussif Mohammed, Peter Acquah, Bernard Somuah, Issahak Fuseini, Shadrack Addo, Sherif Mohammed and Kalo Ouattara could all be available for the game on Saturday.

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