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08 July 2017

Ghana Premier League Preview: Bechem United vs Hearts of Oak- Can the Hunters gun down Phobians

Bechem United

Bechem United will host Hearts of Oak in one of the most interesting matches in week 21 of the Ghana Premier League at the Nana Fosu Gyeabour park on Sunday

The Hunters are approaching the crunch fixture in a bad mood after failure to record a win in their last three premiership games.

They lost 1-0 at Ebusua Dwarfs, shared the spoils with Medeama SC at home and lost 1-0 again to Inter Allies FC.

They go into the game with a mindset of preventing a stretch in their winless streak to four games.

Losing to the Phobians this weekend see the home side move to the 13th position with only two points above the drop.

The hosts will be missing dependable defender Alfred Nelson who is out with an injury.

Versatile player Eric Owusu won’t be available for Sunday’s fixture after being included in the national team B for a Togo friendly.

Hearts of Oak are looking to fix an impression following a two straight poor performances in a 1-0 home defeat and a loss in the 2017 President’s Cup.

They lost 4-1 on penalties to fiercest rivals Asante Kotoko SC last Sunday.

Match day 21 will see them travelling to the Brong Ahafo region for the clash with Bechem United this Sunday.

The Phobians could trim the points gap between them and the leaders to just four with a win this weekend.

In-form striker Kwame Kizito looks very doubtful for the game whereas Cosmos Dauda has been passed fit to face the Hunters.

Mercurial midfielder Winful Kwaku Cobbinah is available for selection after returning from international duties with the national team.

Inusah Musah remains on the sidelines with an injury alongside right back Fatawu Mohammed who has travelled with the Black Stars B.

MATCH FACTS

HEAD TO HEAD

Total league meetings = 9

Bechem United wins = 2

Hearts of Oak wins = 5

Drawn matches = 2

~ Bechem United have recorded only two victories in their last nine matches in the premier league.

(W2 D2 L4)

~ Hearts of Oak have lost only two of their last eleven fixtures in the premier league.

(W6 D3 L2)

~ Bechem United are unbeaten in their last five home games in the premiership. They have just one win in their last four.

(W2 D3 L0)

~ Hearts of Oak have suffered only one defeat in their last five premier league fixtures as visitors.

(W3 D1 L1)

~ Bechem United have won just one of their last four premiership meetings with Hearts of Oak.

(W1 D0 L3)

~ Hearts of Oak recorded only one win in their four visits to Bechem United in the top flight.

(W1 D1 L2)

~ Bechem United have kept six clean sheets out of their ten home premier league games this season.

~ Hearts of Oak have four clean sheets at away in the premiership this term after ten matches.

By Nuhu Adams



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