AFTER the first games into the New Year ended last Sunday, another round of action enters into match day eight of the Ghana Premier League (GPL) with very cagey fixtures.
The biggest of the ties appears to be the Medeama SC versus Aduana Stars clash at the Akoon Park in Tarkwa.
However, the most anticipated one will be staged at the Accra Sports Stadium where Great Olympics take on Ashantigold SC in what has been dubbed ‘Game of the Week’ by most football fans.
The ‘Miners’ have conceded just a loss, picking up three draws and three wins with the current victory against Berekum Chelsea where they recovered from a goal deficit to record a 2-1 win over the Blues.
With the current form and impressive output from Olympics, Coach Annor Walker and his charges will look forward to replicate that outstanding performance against Legon Cities, Kotoko and WAFA – with all these three games resulting in victories for the two-time Premier League winners.
With three points behind leaders Karela United, a win will propel Olympics from the sixth spot to be among the top four with 14 points.
Placed at the fourth position on 12 points, Ashgold, will also fancy a win to sit top of the log – should Karela and Bechem United fail to grab wins in their games.
But after losing to Aduana Stars last week, Olympics would need a reaction to return to winning ways to keep alive their top four aspiration.
Certainly, the return of their coaches who missed the Aduana clash due to ill-health and the fact that they will be playing one of the candidates for the competition’s diadem, will surely provide some motivation for the playing body to go for the ultimate.
It will be no easy assignment considering the fact that the Accra Stadium has been one of the favourite venues for the Miners.
Against Hearts of Oak, they controlled the tempo but were only let down by the many defensive lapses as they drew 2-2.
But with a few fans, most of whom will be ‘AGOSU’ faithful, set to be allowed into the arena as the government eases restrictions on football, the home team could garner some extra motivation to snatch all three points.
After suffering that crushing 1-6 painful defeat to Hearts on their week seven game, Bechem United will be at home tomorrow as they welcome poor King Faisal. With just one defeat in the campaign, the Hunters will be hoping to deepen the woes of King Faisal who would also be eager to snatch their first three points after going seven games without a win.
With a single win in seven games, 12th-placed Eleven Wonders will host Karela United in a very intriguing clash at the Nana Ameyaw Park in Techiman. Wonders have sunk after the deserved 1-1 draw against Kotoko on the opening day of the championship and will have a hard nut to crack in search of their second win with a very organised and more focused Karela United.
With the title ambitions still on hold, the Anyinase-based club would go all out to snatch a win to keep their consistency and maintain the title chase.
Swimming in the relegation zone is Dreams FC. The Dawu-based side have managed one win, three draws and three defeats and would use this test to escape from the danger zone when they oblige Ebusua Dwarfs to the Theatre of Dreams tomorrow.
Dwarfs will be looking forward to improving on their away record. The ‘Still Believe’ lads will need a win to bring back the love as fans will be allowed to the venue with 25 per cent capacity.
The last meeting between both sides was in March 2020 at the Accra Sports Stadium where Hearts fought back to record a 1-1 stalemate with Elmina Sharks. This time, the Phobians will hit the road tomorrow to the Central part of Ghana to square off with the Sharks who have proved to be a hard rock to break at the Nduom Park.
Hearts will miss the services of midfielder Abdul Nureenden and Nigerien star Lawali Mamane through injury as swift winger Michelle Sarpong could also be a doubt.
The Phobians after the impressive performance on the previous match day, will hope to make it two wins in a row.
Asante Kotoko and Liberty Professionals will on Monday round up the last games of match day eight at the Accra Sports Stadium. With two wins, the Porcupine Warriors will be seeking to bounce back to winning ways against a very tricky Liberty side.
However, Kotoko had their return leg of the CAF Champions League game against Sudan’s Al-Hilal called off due to COVID-19 concerns and are set to participate in the CAF second tier club competition, the Confederations Cup.