GPL Match-Day 12 Preview: Hearts v Hasaacas

Accra Hearts of Oak will host Sekondi Hasaacas at the Accra Sports Stadium in a Match-Day 12 action of the Ghana Premier League (GPL).

Team News:

Samudeen Ibrahim, Musah Inusah, Thomas Abbey, Richard Yamoah, and Owusu Bempah have all returned to training with the first two very likely to be in contention against Hasaacas.

Musah Ibrahim and Sabahn Laryea have both returned from international duty with the local Black Stars and Eric Kumi is back to the team after family bereavement.

Soulama Abdoulaye is serving the final game of his suspension but Isaac Oduro remains sidelined.

Match Preview:

Accra Hearts of Oak will seek to maintain their leadership of the GPL when they host Sekondi Hasaacas at the Accra Sports Stadium on Wednesday.

The Phobians returned to the top of the table after beating Berekum Chelsea by a lone goal at the Berekum Golden City Park in their last encounter, a result that brought to an end Chelsea’s four years unbeaten home record.

Samuel Yeboah was back among the goals and his lone strike gained Hearts a first ever win at the home of Berekum Chelsea. It also helped the team to recover quickly from the painful defeat against Kotoko in their last home game.

Impressively, the win over Chelsea ensured that Hearts ascended to the top of the Premier League pile for the first time in five match-days.

Hearts have been boosted by the return to training of five hitherto injured players. Samudeen Ibrahim, Musah Inusah, Richard Yamoah, Thomas Abbey, and Owusu Bempah, and, some could be included in the squad for the game by Coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi.

Sekondi Hasaacas are yet to pick a point on the road in the 2016 GPL season. The Hasmal boys have lost in Wa (All Stars 3-0), Sogakope (WAFA 5-0), Kumasi (Kotoko 1-0), Dormaa (Aduana 4-0), and Dawu (Dreams 2-1). But they will be buoyed by their recent success against Hearts from the last four games where they have won 50% of the encounters.

Last season, Hasaacas shocked Hearts at the Accra Sports Stadium with a maiden win in the 21st century at the home of the Phobians. They shot into a two-goal lead under the half-hour mark before Hearts woke up to get a consolation through Philip Boampong.

Hearts have not been able to match their impressive away form at home so far in the campaign. The Phobians have lost twice, drawn once, and won two times from five home games in the season so far.

But having moved back to the top of the table, the confidence level of the players will be high and they will fight to return to winning ways at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Match Facts:

In the last 28 meetings between Accra Hearts of Oak and Sekondi Hasaacas, the Phobians have won 15 times and lost six times with 6 games ending in a draw against the Western giants.

69 goals have been scored in the last 28 meetings, and Hearts have recorded 44 times and conceded 23 against Sekondi Hasaacas.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

SEASON                                               RESULT

2014/15                                Hearts 1 – 2 Hasaacas

Hasaacas 1 – 1 Hearts

2013/14                                Hasaacas 3 – 0 Hearts

Hearts 2 – 1 Hasaacas

2010-2013                            Hasaacas relegated

2009/10                                Hasaacas 1 -1 Hearts

Hearts 5 – 0 Hasaacas

2008/9                                  Hearts 1 – 0 Hasaacas

Hasaacas 1 – 1 Hearts

2007/8                                   Hearts 2 – 0 Hasaacas

Hasaacas 3 – 2 Hearts

2006/7                                   Hasaacas 1 – 3 Hearts

Hearts 2 – 1 Hasaacas

2005/6                                   Hasaacas 1 – 1 Hearts

Hearts 1 – 1 Hasaacas

2004                                      Hearts 1 – 1 Hasaacas

Hasaacas 0 – 2 Hearts

2003                                       Hearts 2 – 0 Hasaacas

Hasaacas 0 – 0 Hearts

2002                                       Hasaacas 1 – 2 Hearts

Hearts 2 – 0 Hasaacas

2001                                       Hearts 1 – 0 Hasaacas

Hasaacas 1 – 0 Hearts

2000                                       Hasaacas 1 – 2 Hearts

Hearts 3 – 1 Hasaacas

1999                                       Hasaacas 1 – 0 Hearts

Hearts 2 – 1 Hasaacas

 

1997/98                               Hearts 4 – 1 Hasaacas

Hasaacas 1 – 0 Hearts

 

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