Ghana Premier League

Match Preview; Hearts of Lions vs Hearts of Oak

Match Preview; Hearts of Lions vs Hearts of Oak

Former league Champions, Hearts of Oak will travel to Sogakope to face Hearts of Lions in week five of the Ghana Premier League on Sunday, October 15, 2023.

The Phobians are winless in their last 12 away games after suffering 9 losses and recording 3 draws in the process – their false start to the season was compounded by Dreams FC on Sunday after holding them to a goalless draw at the Accra stadium.

The former African Champions have won only once this season – lost two games on the road with the only win coming against Nsoatreman FC at home. Hearts of Oak lost 1-0 to Real Tamale United before falling by the same goal margin to Bofoakwa Tano on Matchday three at the Coronation Park.

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They go into the game against a Heart of Lions side that have yet to win in the League despite going four games without defeat. The Premier League returnees have four draws – scored 2 and conceded 2 in their games thus far. Heart of Lions drew 0-0 against Asante Kotoko, 0-0 against Great Olympics, 2-2 against Real Tamale United and 0-0 against league leaders, Bofoakwa Tano.

Hearts of Oak have played 8 away games against newly promoted sides since the 2021/22 season – with 4 wins, 3 losses and 1 draw.

Hearts of Oak have lost their last three games against newly promoted sides in an away fixture conceding eight and scoring 3 in the process.

Coach of Lions Fatawu Salifu has Ebenezer Abban, Bismark Anim, Fawzi Ali, Benson Kofi Yeboah, Yaw Danso, Denis Hutor, Nana Kwame Oppong and Seedorf Asante available for selection.

Hearts of Oak coach Martin Koopman is reeling under pressure following his lack of strikers’ remarks in the post Dreams FC press conference on Sunday. But the Dutchman says he is unfazed by his side’s poor start to the season.

Kashala Ramos Wanet wo has scored Hearts of Oak’s only goal in the ongoing campaign, was publicly criticized by his Coach after the draw against Dreams FC but the Congolese attacker is bent on redeeming himself this time. The Phobians also have the likes of Kwadwo Obeng Junior, Suraj Seidu, Michael Ampadu, Dennis Korsah, Kelven Osei Asibey, Linda Mtange and Abdul Aziz Nurudeen available for selection.

The game will be broadcast live on StarTimes Adepa channel 247 at 3pm.

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